Indonesian

Indonesia, one of the most populous countries in the world, is home to about 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European sources. Especially famous for its diverse array of musical genres, Indonesia has given birth to several famous musicians and singers who enjoy immense popularity not only in their own country, but also in neighboring countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The nation boasts of various dance traditions such as Javanese, Sundanese, Minangkabau, Balinese, Malays, and Acehnese, and of late the Indonesians are also incorporating elements of western ballet and modern dance into their repertoire. The nation’s film industry thrived in the 20th century with figures like Deddy Mizwar, Eva Arnaz, Meriam Bellina, and Rano Karno taking Indonesian cinema to new heights. In the contemporary era television is another one of those fields where Indonesians have made a name for themselves. Indonesian literature and poetry also flourished in the 20th century. Chairil Anwar was considered the greatest literary figure of Indonesia for being among those writers who pioneered in changing the traditional Indonesian literature and modifying it following the nation’s independence. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Indonesians.

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 1 Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: August 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia

 2 Rich Brian

Rich Brian.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Rrapper
Birthdate: September 3, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indonesia
Indonesian rapper/comedian Brian Imanuel, also known as Rich Brian or Rich Chigga, initially gained popularity with his skits on Vine. He has a self-titled YouTube channel. His gold-certified debut song, Dat $tick, made it to the American R&B charts. His music style is inspired by artists such as Young Thug.

 3 Joko Widodo

Joko Widodo.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Indonesia
Birthdate: June 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Surakarta
Joko Widodo, the current president of Indonesia, has previously been the mayor of Surakarta and the governor of Jakarta. He initially owned a furniture business and later joined the Democratic Party of Struggle. He introduced universal healthcare as Jakarta’s governor. Fortune named him one of "The World's 50 Greatest Leaders."

 4 Sukarno

Sukarno.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Indonesia
Birthdate: June 6, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Surabaya, Indonesia
Died: June 21, 1970

Sukarno was an Indonesian politician who played a major role in the Indonesian struggle for independence. An important leader of the country's nationalist movement, Sukarno declared Indonesian independence from the Dutch Empire and became Indonesia's first president in 1945. He was successful in resisting Dutch re-colonization efforts and went on to serve as the Indonesian president until 1967.

 5 Lolo Soetoro

Lolo Soetoro.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Stepfather of Barack Obama
Birthdate: January 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bandung, Indonesia
Died: March 2, 1987

Lolo Soetoro was an Indonesian man who is remembered for being the stepfather of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. A geographer, he married Obama’s mother Ann Dunham in 1965. At that time, Dunham was divorced from Obama’s biological father. Soetoro died of liver failure in 1987.

 6 Joe Taslim

Joe Taslim.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palembang, Indonesia

Indonesian actor and martial art expert Joe Taslim is best known for his appearances in the films The Raid: Redemption and Fast and Furious 6. He was previously part of the Indonesian national judo team and had won several championships. He has also played Li Yong in the series Warrior.

 7 Anggun

Anggun
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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 8 B. J. Habibie

B. J. Habibie
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Indonesia
Birthdate: June 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Parepare, Indonesia
Died: September 11, 2019

 9 Niki

Niki
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 24, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 10 Agnez Mo

Agnez Mo.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jakarta

Agnez Mo is an Indonesian actress, singer-songwriter, dancer, and performer. With more than 190 awards under her belt, Agnez Mo is the most decorated artist in Indonesian history. Her impressive award list includes 18 AMI Awards, five Nickelodeon Indonesia Kids’ Choice Awards, eight Panasonic Awards, two Mnet Asian Music Awards, and four MTV Indonesia Awards.

 11 Megawati Sukarnoputri

Megawati Sukarnoputri
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 12 Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Officer
Birthdate: September 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pacitan

 13 Abdurrahman Wahid

Abdurrahman Wahid.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Indonesia
Birthdate: September 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jombang Regency
Died: December 30, 2009

Grandson of the founder of the Nahdatul Ulama, Abdurrahman Wahid shunned the orthodox education at his university in Cairo and immersed himself in American movies, football, and Marxism. The former Indonesian president was a Magsaysay Award winner and is remembered for promoting peace, education, and social development.

 14 Candace Nelson

Candace Nelson.
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Listed In: Food Experts
Famous As: Pastry Chef
Birthdate: May 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indonesia
Candace Nelson is a pastry chef and TV personality. She is credited with co-founding Sprinkles Cupcakes, one of the first cupcake bakeries in the world. Sprinkles currently has 24 locations across the USA and celebrities like Serena Williams, Tom Cruise, and Oprah Winfrey have publicly appreciated Sprinkles Cupcakes. Nelson also appears as a judge on TV shows like Cupcake Wars.

 15 Prabowo Subianto

Prabowo Subianto
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: October 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jakarta

 16 Laura Gemser

Laura Gemser
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: October 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Semarang, Indonesia

 17 Chelsea Islan

Chelsea Islan
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: June 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 18 Nazril Irham

Nazril Irham
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Langkat Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia

 19 Audy Item

Audy Item
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 20 Benedict Anderson

Benedict Anderson
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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: August 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kunming
Died: December 13, 2015

 21 Susi Susanti

Susi Susanti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: February 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tasikmalaya, Indonesia

 22 Julie Estelle

Julie Estelle
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 23 Bunga Citra Lestari

Bunga Citra Lestari
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 24 Ahmad Suradji

Ahmad Suradji.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: January 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Medan
Died: July 10, 2008

Ahmad Suradji’s dead father apparently asked him to collect the saliva of 70 women to gain invincibility, in a dream. This made him kill 42 girls and women, and then bury their bodies in a sugarcane plantation. The Indonesian serial killer was eventually convicted and executed by a firing squad.

 25 Dewi Sukarno

Dewi Sukarno
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: February 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo

 26 Isyana Sarasvati

Isyana Sarasvati
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: May 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

 27 Luna Maya

Luna Maya
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: August 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

 28 Cinta Laura

Cinta Laura
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quakenbruck, Germany

 29 Reza Rahadian

Reza Rahadian
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bogor, Indonesia

 30 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting

Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: October 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cimahi, West Java, Indonesia

 31 Dian Sastrowardoyo

Dian Sastrowardoyo
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: March 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 32 Frederika Alexis Cull

Frederika Alexis Cull
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Beauty pageant winner, Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 33 Liliyana Natsir

Liliyana Natsir
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

 34 Maudy Ayunda

Maudy Ayunda
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 19, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 35 Mohammad Hatta

Mohammad Hatta
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 12, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bukittinggi
Died: March 14, 1980

 36 Iqbaal Ramadhan

Iqbaal Ramadhan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

 37 Rossa

Rossa
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sumedang, West Java, Indonesia

 38 Glenn Fredly

Glenn Fredly
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Died: April 8, 2020

 39 Jusuf Kalla

Jusuf Kalla
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Watampone

 40 Dylan Sahara

Dylan Sahara
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Famous As: Actress, Presenter
Birthdate: December 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia
Died: December 22, 2018

 41 Julia Perez

Julia Perez
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: July 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Died: June 10, 2017

 42 Nike Ardilla

Nike Ardilla
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: December 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bandung, Indonesia
Died: March 19, 1995

 43 Hamka

Hamka
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Journalist, Philosopher
Birthdate: February 17, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Agam Regency
Died: July 24, 1981

 44 Ayu Maulida

Ayu Maulida
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model, Beauty Pageant Winner
Birthdate: July 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

 45 Anneth Delliecia

Anneth Delliecia
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 18, 2005
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Balikpapan, Indonesia

 46 Nicholas Saputra

Nicholas Saputra
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 47 Cut Tari

Cut Tari
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: November 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 48 Gajah Mada

Gajah Mada
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: 1290 AD
Birthplace: unknown
Died: 1364 AD

 49 Sudirman

Sudirman
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: January 24, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Purbalingga
Died: January 29, 1950

 50 Nadya Hutagalung

Nadya Hutagalung
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia