Read on to discover more about the most famous and influential people from Indonesia.

Famous Indonesians
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.
Joko WidodoJoko Widodo
(President of Indonesia)

21 June 1961

Surakarta

Gemini

Lolo SoetoroLolo Soetoro
(Stepfather of Barack Obama)

02 January 1935

02 March 1987

Bandung, Indonesia

Capricorn

Abdurrahman WahidAbdurrahman Wahid
(Former President of Indonesia)

07 September 1940

30 December 2009

Jombang Regency

Virgo

Abu Bakar BashirAbu Bakar Bashir
(Cleric)

17 August 1938

Jombang Regency

Leo

Chairil AnwarChairil Anwar
(Poet)

26 July 1922

28 April 1949

Medan

Leo

Adam MalikAdam Malik
(Former Vice President of Indonesia)

22 July 1917

05 September 1984

Pematangsiantar

Cancer

Susilo Bambang YudhoyonoSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
(Politician, Officer)

09 September 1949

Tremas

Virgo

SukarnoSukarno
(Politician)

06 June 1901

21 June 1970

Surabaya

Gemini

SuhartoSuharto
(Politician, Military personnel)

08 June 1921

27 January 2008

Kemusuk

Gemini

James LongstreetJames Longstreet
(Diplomat, Military personnel)

08 January 1821

02 January 1904

South Carolina

Capricorn

AnggunAnggun
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

29 April 1974

Jakarta

Taurus

Rachmat WitoelarRachmat Witoelar
(Diplomat)

02 June 1941

Indonesia

Gemini

Megawati SukarnoputriMegawati Sukarnoputri
(Politician)

23 January 1947

Yogyakarta

Aquarius

Jusuf KallaJusuf Kalla
(Politician, Entrepreneur)

15 May 1942

Watampone

Taurus

SudirmanSudirman
(Military personnel)

24 January 1916

29 January 1950

Purbalingga

Aquarius

Mohammad HattaMohammad Hatta
(Politician)

12 August 1902

14 March 1980

Bukittinggi

Leo

Nadya HutagalungNadya Hutagalung
(Actor, Model)

28 July 1974

Sydney

Leo

Prabowo SubiantoPrabowo Subianto
(Entrepreneur, Politician, Military personnel)

17 October 1951

Jakarta

Libra

Dewi SukarnoDewi Sukarno
(Socialite)

06 February 1940

Tokyo

Aquarius

Pramoedya Ananta ToerPramoedya Ananta Toer
(Novelist, Writer, Essayist)

06 February 1925

30 April 2006

Blora

Aquarius

Cinta LauraCinta Laura
(Actor, Singer, Model)

17 August 1993

Quakenbrück

Leo

Sri Mulyani IndrawatiSri Mulyani Indrawati
(Economist, Politician, University teacher)

26 August 1962

Bandarlampung

Virgo

Andrea HirataAndrea Hirata
(author, writer)

24 October 1967

Belitung

Scorpio

Ki Hajar DewantaraKi Hajar Dewantara
(Politician, Philosopher)

02 May 1889

28 April 1959

Yogyakarta

Taurus

Mochtar RiadyMochtar Riady
(entrepreneur)

1929 AD

Malang

HamkaHamka
(Journalist, Philosopher)

17 February 1908

24 July 1981

Agam Regency

Aquarius

Bacharuddin Jusuf HabibieBacharuddin Jusuf Habibie
(Engineer, Aviation Industrialist, Politician, President)

25 June 1936

Parepare, Indonesia

Cancer

Hanna RamadiniHanna Ramadini
(badminton player)

21 February 1995

Tasikmalaya, Indonesia

Pisces

Dinar Dyah AyustineDinar Dyah Ayustine
(Badminton player)

18 October 1993

Karanganyar Regency, Indonesia

Libra

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