Find out more about the greatest Indonesians, including Joko Widodo, Lolo Soetoro, Abdurrahman Wahid, Adam Malik and Chairil Anwar.

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

Lolo SoetoroLolo Soetoro
(Stepfather of Barack Obama)

02 January 1935

Abdurrahman WahidAbdurrahman Wahid
(Former President of Indonesia)

07 September 1940

Ahmad SuradjiAhmad Suradji
(Serial Killer)

10 January 1949

Abu Bakar BashirAbu Bakar Bashir

17 August 1938

Candace NelsonCandace Nelson
(Pastry Chef)

08 May 1974

Chairil AnwarChairil Anwar

26 July 1922

Adam MalikAdam Malik
(Former Vice President of Indonesia)

22 July 1917

Rich BrianRich Brian
(Indonesian rapper)

03 September 1999


06 June 1901

(Politician, Military personnel)

08 June 1921

James LongstreetJames Longstreet
(Diplomat, Military personnel)

08 January 1821

(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

29 April 1974

Susilo Bambang YudhoyonoSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
(Politician, Officer)

09 September 1949

Megawati SukarnoputriMegawati Sukarnoputri

23 January 1947

Prabowo SubiantoPrabowo Subianto
(Entrepreneur, Politician, Military personnel)

17 October 1951

Cinta LauraCinta Laura
(Actor, Singer, Model)

17 August 1993

Benedict AndersonBenedict Anderson
(Political scientist)

26 August 1936

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

26 August 1962

Mohammad HattaMohammad Hatta

12 August 1902

Jusuf KallaJusuf Kalla
(Politician, Entrepreneur)

15 May 1942

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

06 February 1925

(Military personnel)

24 January 1916

(Journalist, Philosopher)

17 February 1908

Ki Hajar DewantaraKi Hajar Dewantara
(Politician, Philosopher)

02 May 1889

Mochtar RiadyMochtar Riady

1929 AD

Nadya HutagalungNadya Hutagalung
(Actor, Model)

28 July 1974

Rachmat WitoelarRachmat Witoelar

02 June 1941

Dewi SukarnoDewi Sukarno

06 February 1940

Andrea HirataAndrea Hirata
(author, writer)

24 October 1967

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

25 June 1936

Dinar Dyah AyustineDinar Dyah Ayustine
(Badminton player)

18 October 1993

Hanna RamadiniHanna Ramadini
(badminton player)

21 February 1995