Find out more about the greatest Hungarian, including Harry Houdini, Zsa Zsa Gabor, John von Neumann, Franz Liszt and Bela Lugosi.

Hungary not only has a fixation for moustaches and vodka, but also for great minds and unsurpassable talents. One of the best eastern European cities, Hungary has been home to some of world's mind-boggling magicians (Harry Houdini), jaw-droppingly beautiful move actors (Zsa Zsa Gabor), enticing pianists (Franz Liszt), authors (Noemi Ban), entrepreneurs (George Soros), chess players (Susan Polgar) and lot many other rich and famous people. Not just that, Hungary has also produced a wad of Noble prizewinners that has fetched the country an enviable standing in the world. It is because of these heavily talented and exceptionally resourceful men and women that Hungary owns a coveted spot among its peer countries. Let us delve deep into the rich and inspiring lives of some of Hungary's greatest people in the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts included in the biographies below. Rest assured each biography would make for a worthy read.
George SorosGeorge Soros

12 August 1930

Budapest, Hungary

Leo

John von NeumannJohn von Neumann
(Mathematician)

28 December 1903

08 February 1957

Budapest

Capricorn

Harry HoudiniHarry Houdini
(Illusionist)

24 March 1874

31 October 1926

Budapest

Aries

Zsa Zsa GaborZsa Zsa Gabor
(Socialite, Actress)

06 February 1917

Budapest

Aquarius

Franz LisztFranz Liszt
(Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher)

22 October 1811

31 July 1886

Raiding, Hungary

Libra

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
(American actor)

20 October 1882

16 August 1956

Lugos, Austria-Hungary

Libra

Charles I of AustriaCharles I of Austria
(Last ruler of Austro-Hungarian Empire)

17 August 1887

01 April 1922

Persenbeug-Gottsdorf

Leo

Barbara PalvinBarbara Palvin
(Fashion Model)

08 October 1993

Budapest

Libra

Joseph II, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)

13 March 1741

20 February 1790

Vienna

Pisces

Ilona StallerIlona Staller
(Porn star, Politician, and Singer.)

26 November 1951

Budapest

Sagittarius

Robert CapaRobert Capa
(Photographer)

22 October 1913

25 May 1954

Budapest

Libra

Joseph PulitzerJoseph Pulitzer
(Journalist & Publisher)

10 April 1847

29 October 1911

Makó

Aries

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler

05 September 1905

01 March 1983

Budapest, Austria-Hungary

Virgo

Maximilian II, Holy Roman EmperorMaximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)

31 July 1527

12 October 1576

Vienna

Leo

Marcel Lajos Breuer Marcel Breuer
(Architect & Furniture Designer)

21 May 1902

01 July 1981

Pécs, Austria-Hungary

Taurus

Imre LakatosImre Lakatos
(Philosopher)

09 November 1922

02 February 1974

Debrecen

Scorpio

Albert von Szent-Györgyi Albert Szent-Györgyi
(Physiologist)

16 September 1893

22 October 1986

Budapest, Austria-Hungary

Virgo

BrassaiBrassaï
(Photographer)

09 September 1899

08 July 1984

Brașov

Virgo

Dennis GaborDennis Gabor
(Father of Holography)

05 June 1900

08 February 1979

Budapest

Gemini

Erno RubikErno Rubik
(Inventor)

13 July 1944

Budapest

Cancer

Oleksandra NikolayenkoOleksandra Nikolayenko
(Model)

03 July 1981

Budapest, Hungary

Cancer

Endre AdyEndre Ady
(Poet)

22 November 1877

27 January 1919

Căuaș

Scorpio

Bela BartokBela Bartok
(Composer, Pianist)

25 March 1881

26 September 1945

Nagyszentmiklós

Aries

Friedrich von AmerlingFriedrich von Amerling
(Portrait Painter)

14 April 1803

14 January 1887

Vienna

Aries

Zoltan KodalyZoltan Kodaly
(Composer)

16 December 1882

01 January 1970

Kecskemét

Sagittarius

Andre KerteszAndre Kertesz
(Photographer)

02 July 1894

28 September 1985

Budapest, Hungary

Cancer

János ÁderJános Áder
(President of Hungary)

09 May 1959

Csorna

Taurus

George A. OlahGeorge A. Olah
(Chemist)

22 May 1927

08 March 2017

Budapest, Hungary

Gemini

István FerenczyIstván Ferenczy
(Hungarian sculptor)

24 February 1792

04 July 1856

Pisces

John Harsanyi John C Harsanyi
(Economist)

29 May 1920

09 August 2000

Budapest

Gemini

Elizabeth BáthoryElizabeth Báthory
(Noblewoman)

07 August 1560

21 August 1614

Nyírbátor

Leo

Eva GaborEva Gabor
(Actor, Voice actor, Socialite, Stage actor, Television actor)

11 February 1919

04 July 1995

Budapest

Aquarius

Otto von HabsburgOtto von Habsburg
(Politician)

20 November 1912

04 July 2011

Reichenau an der Rax

Scorpio

Semion MogilevichSemion Mogilevich
(Criminal)

30 June 1946

Kyiv

Cancer

Viktor OrbánViktor Orbán
(Politician, Jurist, Association football player, Lawyer)

31 May 1963

Székesfehérvár

Gemini

Johanna KontaJohanna Konta
(Tennis player)

17 May 1991

Sydney

Taurus

Miklós HorthyMiklós Horthy
(Politician, Diplomat, Officer)

18 June 1868

09 February 1957

Kenderes

Gemini

Charles VI, Holy Roman EmperorCharles VI, Holy Roman Emperor
(Emperor)

01 October 1685

20 October 1740

Vienna

Libra

Leopold II, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
(Politician)

05 May 1747

01 March 1792

Vienna

Taurus

Georg SoltiGeorg Solti
(Conductor, Pianist, Musician, Composer, Music director)

21 October 1912

05 September 1997

Budapest

Libra

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
(Chess Grandmaster)

23 July 1976

Budapest

Cancer

Leopold I, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
(Composer)

09 June 1640

05 May 1705

Vienna

Gemini

Imre NagyImre Nagy
(Politician, Diplomat, Economist)

07 June 1896

16 June 1958

Kaposvár

Gemini

Martin of ToursMartin of Tours
(Saint)

0316 AD

08 November 0397

Hungary

Jadwiga of PolandJadwiga of Poland
(Monarch)

1373 AD

17 July 1399

Budapest

Stephen I of HungaryStephen I of Hungary
(Former Grand Prince of the Hungarians)

0967 AD

15 August 1038

Esztergom

Rita FaltoyanoRita Faltoyano
(Pornographic actor, Model)

05 August 1978

Budapest

Leo

Béla KissBéla Kiss
(Serial Killer)

1877 AD

Izsák, Hungary

John HunyadiJohn Hunyadi
(condottiero, politician)

1407 AD

11 August 1456

Hunedoara

Thomas SzaszThomas Szasz
(Psychiatrist, Scientist, Writer, University teacher)

15 April 1920

08 September 2012

Budapest

Aries

Ferdinand III, Holy Roman EmperorFerdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor
(Composer)

13 July 1608

02 April 1657

Graz

Cancer

Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
(Economist, Anthropologist, Economic historian, Historian, Journalist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist)

25 October 1886

23 April 1964

Vienna

Scorpio

Andrew GroveAndrew Grove
(Businessman)

02 September 1936

21 March 2016

Budapest, Hungary

Virgo

Attila the HunAttila the Hun
(Political leader)

0406 AD

29 February 0453

Pannonia

Elizabeth of HungaryElizabeth of Hungary

07 July 1207

17 November 1231

Sárospatak

Cancer

Eva HengerEva Henger
(Pornographic actor, Actor, Television presenter, Singer, Model)

02 November 1972

Győr

Scorpio

George FriedmanGeorge Friedman

Hungary

Arpad MiklosArpad Miklos
(Pornographic actor, Engineer, Actor)

11 September 1967

03 February 2013

Budapest

Virgo

Paul LukasPaul Lukas
(actor, screenwriter, film actor)

26 May 1891

15 August 1971

Budapest

Gemini

Joseph I, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph I, Holy Roman Emperor
(Composer)

26 July 1678

17 April 1711

Vienna

Leo

Victor VasarelyVictor Vasarely
(Painter, Visual artist, Sculptor)

09 April 1906

15 March 1997

Pécs

Aries

Louis I of HungaryLouis I of Hungary

05 March 1326

10 September 1382

Visegrád

Pisces

László Moholy-NagyLászló Moholy-Nagy
(Photographer)

20 July 1895

24 November 1946

Bácsborsód, Hungary

Cancer

Béla KunBéla Kun
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)

20 February 1886

29 August 1938

Cehu Silvaniei

Pisces

Gitta SerenyGitta Sereny
(journalist, writer, historian, non-fiction writer)

13 February 1921

14 June 2012

Vienna

Aquarius

Béla TarrBéla Tarr
(Screenwriter, Film director)

21 July 1955

Pécs

Cancer

Michael PolanyiMichael Polanyi
(Philosopher, Economist, Chemist)

11 March 1891

22 February 1976

Budapest

Pisces

Angelica BellaAngelica Bella
(pornographic actor, actor)

15 February 1970

Tiszalök

Aquarius

Albert II of GermanyAlbert II of Germany
(politician)

10 August 1397

27 October 1439

Vienna

Leo

Imre KertészImre Kertész
(Novelist)

09 November 1929

31 March 2016

Budapest

Scorpio

Albert Szent-GyörgyiAlbert Szent-Györgyi
(Biochemist, Scientist, Politician, Physician, University teacher)

16 September 1893

22 October 1986

Budapest

Virgo

Rudolf KastnerRudolf Kastner
(journalist, lawyer)

1906 AD

15 March 1957

Cluj-Napoca

Hannah SzenesHannah Szenes
(Writer, Poet)

17 July 1921

07 November 1944

Budapest

Cancer

Miklós NyiszliMiklós Nyiszli
(Physician, Writer)

17 June 1901

05 May 1956

Șimleu Silvaniei

Gemini

Louis II of HungaryLouis II of Hungary
(Politician)

01 July 1506

29 August 1526

Buda

Cancer

Mya DiamondMya Diamond
(Pornographic actor, Glamour model)

11 April 1981

Marcali

Aries

Andrew II of HungaryAndrew II of Hungary
(King)

1177 AD

21 September 1235

Esztergom

Brigitta BulgariBrigitta Bulgari
(Pornographic actor, Disc jockey, Actor, Playboy Playmate)

29 September 1982

Sátoraljaújhely

Libra

Charles I of HungaryCharles I of Hungary
(King of Hungary)

1288 AD

16 July 1342

Naples

Ladislaus I of HungaryLadislaus I of Hungary
(politician)

27 June 1046

29 July 1095

Kingdom of Poland

Cancer

Michu MeszarosMichu Meszaros
(Actor, Film actor)

20 September 1939

13 June 2016

Budapest

Virgo