Find out more about the greatest Hungarian, including George Soros, Harry Houdini, Zsa Zsa Gabor, John von Neumann and Viktor Orbán.

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

Harry HoudiniHarry Houdini

24 March 1874

Zsa Zsa GaborZsa Zsa Gabor
(Socialite, Actress)

06 February 1917

John von NeumannJohn von Neumann

28 December 1903

Barbara PalvinBarbara Palvin
(Fashion Model)

08 October 1993

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

22 October 1811

Robert CapaRobert Capa

22 October 1913

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
(American actor)

20 October 1882

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

17 August 1887

Viktor OrbánViktor Orbán
(Prime Minister of Hungary)

31 May 1963

Ilona StallerIlona Staller
(Politician, Singer)

26 November 1951

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

13 March 1741

Joseph PulitzerJoseph Pulitzer
(Journalist & Publisher)

10 April 1847

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler

05 September 1905

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

31 July 1527

Marcel Lajos Breuer Marcel Breuer
(Architect & Furniture Designer)

21 May 1902

Imre LakatosImre Lakatos

09 November 1922

Albert von Szent-Györgyi Albert Szent-Györgyi

16 September 1893

Dennis GaborDennis Gabor
(Father of Holography)

05 June 1900


09 September 1899

Erno RubikErno Rubik

13 July 1944

Oleksandra NikolayenkoOleksandra Nikolayenko

03 July 1981

Bela BartokBela Bartok
(Composer, Pianist)

25 March 1881

Endre AdyEndre Ady

22 November 1877

Friedrich von AmerlingFriedrich von Amerling
(Portrait Painter)

14 April 1803

Andre KerteszAndre Kertesz

02 July 1894

Zoltan KodalyZoltan Kodaly

16 December 1882

János ÁderJános Áder
(President of Hungary)

09 May 1959

George A. OlahGeorge A. Olah

22 May 1927

István FerenczyIstván Ferenczy
(Hungarian sculptor)

24 February 1792

John Harsanyi John C Harsanyi

29 May 1920

Elizabeth BáthoryElizabeth Báthory

07 August 1560

Ferenc PuskásFerenc Puskás

01 April 1927

Johanna KontaJohanna Konta
(Tennis player)

17 May 1991

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

11 February 1919

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

0967 AD

Otto von HabsburgOtto von Habsburg

20 November 1912

Semion MogilevichSemion Mogilevich

30 June 1946

Theodor HerzlTheodor Herzl
(Journalist, Writer, Poet lawyer, Lawyer, Playwright)

02 May 1860

Leopold I, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold I, Holy Roman Emperor

09 June 1640

Sándor KocsisSándor Kocsis

21 September 1929

Miklós HorthyMiklós Horthy
(Politician, Diplomat, Officer)

18 June 1868

Charles VI, Holy Roman EmperorCharles VI, Holy Roman Emperor

01 October 1685

Leopold II, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold II, Holy Roman Emperor

05 May 1747

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
(Chess Grandmaster)

23 July 1976

Miklós FehérMiklós Fehér

20 July 1979

Andrew GroveAndrew Grove

02 September 1936

Martin of ToursMartin of Tours

0316 AD

John HunyadiJohn Hunyadi
(condottiero, politician)

1407 AD

Rita FaltoyanoRita Faltoyano

05 August 1978

Imre NagyImre Nagy
(Politician, Diplomat, Economist)

07 June 1896

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

21 October 1912

Ferdinand III, Holy Roman EmperorFerdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor

13 July 1608

Jadwiga of PolandJadwiga of Poland

1373 AD

Attila the HunAttila the Hun
(Political leader)

0406 AD

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
(Astronaut, Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer)

10 September 1948

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

15 April 1920

Joseph I, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph I, Holy Roman Emperor

26 July 1678

Béla KissBéla Kiss
(Serial Killer)

1877 AD

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

25 October 1886

Arpad MiklosArpad Miklos
(Adult Film Star, Engineer, Actor)

11 September 1967

Elizabeth of HungaryElizabeth of Hungary

07 July 1207

Flórián AlbertFlórián Albert
(Football player)

15 September 1941

Zoltán GeraZoltán Gera

22 April 1979

Louis I of HungaryLouis I of Hungary

05 March 1326

Dora VenterDora Venter

01 October 1976

Ferenc SzálasiFerenc Szálasi
(Political leader, Prime Minister)

06 January 1897

Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond

16 June 1930

George FriedmanGeorge Friedman

János KádárJános Kádár

26 May 1912

Béla TarrBéla Tarr
(Screenwriter, Film director)

21 July 1955

Béla KunBéla Kun
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)

20 February 1886

Paul LukasPaul Lukas
(actor, screenwriter, film actor)

26 May 1891

Judith LeiberJudith Leiber
(fashion designer)

1921 AD

Angelica BellaAngelica Bella

15 February 1970