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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Samara Weaving
26
Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Born to a filmmaker/lecturer father and an art therapist mother in Australia, Samara Weaving grew up in places such as Fiji and Singapore. Initially known for her roles in series such as Out of the Blue and Home and Away, she gained international fame with films such as Ready or Not.

 2 
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
(Badminton player)

Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia

 3 
Rich Brian
(Known for His Viral Debut Single "Dat $tick")

Rich Brian
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 3, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jakarta, 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.

 4 
Joko Widodo
(President of Indonesia)

Joko Widodo
5
Listed In: Leaders
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."

 5 
Sukarno
(President of Indonesia)

Sukarno
5
Listed In: Leaders
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.

 6 
Anggun
(Singer-songwriter)

Anggun
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 7 
B. J. Habibie
(President of Indonesia)

B. J. Habibie
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Parepare, Indonesia
Died: September 11, 2019
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 8 
Yayan Ruhian
(Martial artist)

Yayan Ruhian
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tasikmalaya, Indonesia

 9 
Joe Taslim
(Actor)

Joe Taslim
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 10 
Agnez Mo
(Most Awarded Artist in The History of Indonesia With Over 190 Awards)

Agnez Mo
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

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 
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
(Politician, Officer)

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pacitan

 12 
Abdurrahman Wahid
(Former President of Indonesia)

Abdurrahman Wahid
0
Listed In: Leaders
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.

 13 
Candace Nelson
(Pastry Chef)

Candace Nelson
7
Listed In: Food Experts
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.

 14 
Prabowo Subianto
(Entrepreneur, Politician, Military personnel)

Prabowo Subianto
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jakarta

 15 
Chelsea Islan
(Actress, Model)

Chelsea Islan
1
Birthdate: June 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 16 
Laura Gemser
(Actress, Model)

Laura Gemser
1
Birthdate: October 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Semarang, Indonesia

Indonesian-born Laura Gemser moved to the Netherlands with her parents at age 4. After beginning her career as a nude model for men’s magazines, she later soared to fame with her appearances in the Black Emanuelle sexploitation films. She also created headlines for her romance and then for her marriage to co-star Gabriele Tinti.

 17 
Maya Soetoro-Ng
(Educator, Maternal half-sister to Barack Obama)

Maya Soetoro-Ng
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Indonesia

Maya Soetoro-Ng is the maternal half-sister of former American President Barack Obama. She is currently working as a consultant for the Obama Foundation and is credited with working towards the development of the Asia-Pacific Leaders Program. She is also credited with co-founding nonprofit organizations, such as Institute for Climate and Peace and The Peace Studio.

 18 
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
(Badminton player)

Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cimahi, West Java, Indonesia

 19 
Niki
(Singer)

Niki
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 24, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 20 
Julie Estelle
(Actress)

Julie Estelle
1
Birthdate: January 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 21 
Bunga Citra Lestari
(Singer, Actress)

Bunga Citra Lestari
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 22 
Luna Maya
(Model, Actress)

Luna Maya
0
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

 23 
Susi Susanti
(Badminton player)

Susi Susanti
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tasikmalaya, Indonesia

 24 
Megawati Sukarnoputri
(5th President of Indonesia)

Megawati Sukarnoputri
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 25 

Valerie Mahaffey
1
Birthdate: June 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sumatra, Indonesia

 26 
Nazril Irham
(Singer-songwriter)

Nazril Irham
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Langkat Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia

 27 
Stephanie Poetri
(pop singer who is known for her popular singles "I Love you 3000" and "Appreciate")

Stephanie Poetri
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 20, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 28 
Maudy Ayunda
(Singer-Songwriter)

Maudy Ayunda
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 19, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 29 
Cinta Laura
(Actress)

Cinta Laura
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quakenbruck, Germany

 30 
Audy Item
(Singer)

Audy Item
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 31 
Irfan Bachdim
(Footballer winger or attacking midfielder)

Irfan Bachdim
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 32 
Gajah Mada
(Prime Minister)

Gajah Mada
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1290 AD
Birthplace: unknown
Died: 1364 AD

 33 
Liliyana Natsir
(Badminton player)

Liliyana Natsir
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

 34 
Dewi Sukarno
(Socialite)

Dewi Sukarno
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo

 35 
Isyana Sarasvati
(Singer, Composer)

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

 36 
Greysia Polii
(Badminton player)

Greysia Polii
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 37 
Glenn Fredly
(Singer)

Glenn Fredly
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Died: April 8, 2020

 38 

Iqbaal Ramadhan
1
Birthdate: December 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

 39 

Anya Geraldine
1
Birthdate: December 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 40 
Anies Baswedan
(Politician, Academic)

Anies Baswedan
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kuningan, West Java, Indonesia

 41 
Nike Ardilla
(Singer, Actress)

Nike Ardilla
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bandung, Indonesia
Died: March 19, 1995

 42 
Rossa
(Singer)

Rossa
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sumedang, West Java, Indonesia

 43 
Hamka
(Journalist, Philosopher)

Hamka
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 17, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Agam Regency
Died: July 24, 1981

 44 
Jusuf Kalla
(Politician, Entrepreneur)

Jusuf Kalla
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Watampone

 45 
Julia Perez
(Actress, Singer)

Julia Perez
0
Birthdate: July 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Died: June 10, 2017

 46 
Ezra Walian
(Footballer forward or attacking midfielder)

Ezra Walian
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 22, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 47 
Pramoedya Ananta Toer
(Author of novels, short stories, essays, polemics and histories of his homeland and its people)

Pramoedya Ananta Toer
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Blora Regency, Indonesia
Died: April 30, 2006

 48 

Nadya Hutagalung
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Indonesian-Australian actor-model Nadya Hutagalung soared to fame as an MTV VJ. Now a prominent conservationist, she has also been a UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador. She was associated with the documentary Let Elephants Be Elephants, owns a sustainable jewelry brand, and works for the environmental betterment of Sumatra.

 49 
Sophia Latjuba
(Actress, Singer)

Sophia Latjuba
0
Birthdate: August 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Berlin, Germany

 50 
Suzzanna
(Actress)

Suzzanna
0
Birthdate: October 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bogor, Indonesia
Died: October 15, 2008