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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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Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
(Badminton player)
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia
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Rich Brian
(Known for His Viral Debut Single "Dat $tick")
Rich Brian
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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.
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Joko Widodo
(President of Indonesia)
Joko Widodo
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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."
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Sukarno
(President of Indonesia)
Sukarno
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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.

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Niki
(Singer)
Niki
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 24, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Anggun
(Singer-songwriter)
Anggun
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
 7 
Joe Taslim
(Indonesian Actor and Martial Artist Known for His Films: ‘The Raid’, ‘Fast & Furious 6’ and ‘Mortal Kombat’)
Joe Taslim
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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.

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

B. J. Habibie was an Indonesian politician best remembered for his service as the President of Indonesia from 21 May 1998 to 20 October 1999. An important political figure, Habibie also served as the Vice President of Indonesia in 1998. From 1978 to 1998, he served as the Minister of Research and Technology.

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Yayan Ruhian
(Martial artist)
Yayan Ruhian
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tasikmalaya, Indonesia
 10 
Agnez Mo
(Most Awarded Artist in The History of Indonesia With Over 190 Awards)
Agnez Mo
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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.

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Abdurrahman Wahid
(Former President of Indonesia)
Abdurrahman Wahid
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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.

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Candace Nelson
(Pastry Chef)
Candace Nelson
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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.
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Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
(Badminton player)
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cimahi, West Java, Indonesia
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Chelsea Islan
(Actress, Model)
Chelsea Islan
3
Birthdate: June 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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Susi Susanti
(Badminton player)
Susi Susanti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tasikmalaya, Indonesia
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Valerie Mahaffey
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Birthdate: June 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sumatra, Indonesia
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Ahmad Suradji
(Serial Killer)
Ahmad Suradji
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Listed In: Criminals
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.

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Maudy Ayunda
(Singer-Songwriter)
Maudy Ayunda
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 19, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Stephanie Poetri
(pop singer who is known for her popular singles "I Love you 3000" and "Appreciate")
Stephanie Poetri
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 20, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Cinta Laura
(Actress)
Cinta Laura
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quakenbruck, Germany
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Laura Gemser
(Actress, Model)
Laura Gemser
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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.

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Julie Estelle
(Actress)
Julie Estelle
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Birthdate: January 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Liliyana Natsir
(Badminton player)
Liliyana Natsir
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
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Gajah Mada
(Powerful Military Leader of the Javanese Empire of Majapahit During the 14th Century)
Gajah Mada
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1290 AD
Birthplace: unknown
Died: 1364 AD

Gajah Mada was a military leader best remembered for his service as the Mahapatih of the Majapahit Empire from 1331 to 1364. He is said to have played an important role in bringing the empire to the peak of its glory. Today, Gajah Mada is widely regarded as a national hero and a symbol of patriotism in Indonesia.

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Luna Maya
(Model, Actress)
Luna Maya
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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Greysia Polii
(Badminton player)
Greysia Polii
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Nazril Irham
(Singer-songwriter)
Nazril Irham
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Langkat Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia
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Mohammad Ahsan
(Badminton player)
Mohammad Ahsan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia
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Iqbaal Ramadhan
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Birthdate: December 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia
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Nike Ardilla
(Singer, Actress)
Nike Ardilla
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bandung, Indonesia
Died: March 19, 1995
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Irfan Bachdim
(Footballer winger or attacking midfielder)
Irfan Bachdim
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Marques Bolden
(Basketball player)
Marques Bolden
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 17, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
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Glenn Fredly
(Singer)
Glenn Fredly
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Died: April 8, 2020
 34 
Suzzanna
(Actress)
Suzzanna
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Birthdate: October 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bogor, Indonesia
Died: October 15, 2008
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Stefano Lilipaly
(Footballer winger, forward)
Stefano Lilipaly
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arnhem, Netherlands
 36 
Abdul Haris Nasution
(Indonesian Military Leader Who Participated in the Indonesian National Revolution)
Abdul Haris Nasution
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 3, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kotanopan, Indonesia
Died: September 6, 2000

Legendary Indonesian military leader Abdul Haris Nasution was a prominent figure in the Indonesian National Revolution. He later served as Indonesia’s defense minister. He supported the rise of President Suharto, was named the Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly, and later became a rival of Suharto.

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Cut Tari
(Actress, Model)
Cut Tari
2
Birthdate: November 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Ayu Gani
(Model)
Ayu Gani
0
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nganjuk, East Java, Indonesia
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Baim Wong
(Actor)
Baim Wong
0
Birthdate: April 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Iko Uwais
(Actor)
Iko Uwais
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Birthdate: February 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Lyodra Ginting
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 21, 2003
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medan, Indonesia
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Jessica Iskandar
0
Birthdate: January 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Susi Pudjiastuti
(Indonesian Entrepreneur and Politician)
Susi Pudjiastuti
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pangandaran, West Java, Indonesia

Susi Pudjiastuti is an Indonesian entrepreneur and politician. She is best known for her service as the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia from 2014 to 2019. In 2017, Pudjiastuti was named in the BBC 100 Women list. Susi Pudjiastuti is also the recipient of other prestigious awards such as Metro Eagle Award and Purwa Citra Priangan Award.

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Laudya Cynthia Bella
(Actress, Singer)
Laudya Cynthia Bella
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Birthdate: February 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
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Pramoedya Ananta Toer
(Indonesian Author Who Was Branded a Communist and Imprisoned for Most of His Career)
Pramoedya Ananta Toer
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Blora Regency, Indonesia
Died: April 30, 2006

Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer started his career as a typist in his teens. He penned his first novel in a Dutch prison camp, after being imprisoned for his revolutionary activities. Best known for his work the Buru Quartet, he later became a poster child for freedom of expression and human rights.

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Stefan William
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Birthdate: August 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: California, United States
 47 
Raisa
(Singer)
Raisa
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Dylan Sahara
(Actress, Presenter)
Dylan Sahara
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Birthdate: December 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia
Died: December 22, 2018
 49 
Nia Ramadhani
(Actress)
Nia Ramadhani
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Sophia Latjuba
(Actress, Singer)
Sophia Latjuba
1
Birthdate: August 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Berlin, Germany