Famous Lebanese Men

Anyone wanting to figure out the Middle East must get a grip with Lebanon first. Dithering between East and West, this teensy-weensy nation, despite of a bloody history and so much of tragedy (blame it on the complex and corrupt politics of this region) has always managed to wow anyone who had had the gut to cut through all that gore and explore its charms. Boasting of so much diversity in so little space — from flashy cities to frenetic beauty and from an infectious culture to glamorous nightlife, this exuberant land of divine food, breathtaking ruins and achingly attractive scenery has also been home to a spade of rich and famous men who have thrown the rule book aside to write their own destiny. Be it fashion moguls like Elie Saab and Zuhail Murad, world’s richest man Carlos Slim Helu, legendary rocker Frank Zappa or world-famous author Gibran Kahlil Gibran, you will be surprised to learn the kind of extraordinary men the land has borne. Delve deep into the inspiring lives of these Lebanese men in the biographies below. Their timeline, trivia, and other facts captured will make for an invigorating read, indeed.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Steve Kerr

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beirut

Professional basketball coach and former player, Steve Kerr, is currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He has won five NBA titles as a player and three as a head coach. He has been immensely successful as a coach, helping his team break the record for the most wins in an NBA season.

 2 Serj Tankian

Serj Tankian.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Serj Tankian is an Armenian-American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Tankian is credited with co-founding the popular band System of a Down. Renowned for his wide vocal range and unusual delivery, Serj Tankian is widely considered one of the best heavy metal vocalists of all time. Also a political activist, Tankian co-founded Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization.

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 3 Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bsharri, Lebanon
Died: April 10, 1931

Lebanese author and poet Khalil Gibran is best remembered for his bestselling works The Prophet and Broken Wings. One of the leaders of the Mahjar movement of Arabic literature, he specialized in incorporating mythological and mystical symbols in his works and was inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche and William Blake.

 4 Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: November 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beirut
Businessman Marcus Lemonis was born in Beirut, amidst a civil war, and was adopted by an American couple. He is now the CEO and chairman of enterprises such as Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. He also gained fame for his appearance on the CNBC reality show The Profit.

 5 Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn.
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Famous As: Former CEO of Renault & Nissan
Birthdate: March 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guajará-Mirim, State of Rondônia, Brazil

Carlos Ghosn is a French–Lebanese–Brazilian businessman who served as the CEO of Michelin North America. He also served as the chairman and CEO of Nissan and Renault. In 1999, he saved Nissan from near bankruptcy and turned around its fortune. In 2018, he was arrested in Japan for misusing Nissan's assets. He dramatically escaped from the custody is currently an internationally wanted fugitive.

 6 Michael Boulos

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Famous As: Tiffany Trump’s Boyfriend
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Lagos
Michael Boulos has mostly been in the news for dating Donald Trump’s younger daughter, Tiffany Trump. The Lebanese-French heir of businessman Massad Boulos is now the associate director of his Nigeria-based family business, SCOA Nigeria; the director of Fadoul Group; and the business development manager of Royalton Investment

 7 Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
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Famous As: Essayist
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Amioun, Lebanon
Lebanese-American scholar and statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb is known for his work on risk management through uncertainty and probability. His five-volume essay Incerto included his bestselling book The Black Swan. Named to Forbes’s Most Influential Management Gurus list, he is the co-editor-in-chief of the academic journal Risk and Decision Analysis.
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 8 Maher Zain

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tripoli

Swedish singer Maher Zain had moved to Sweden from Lebanon with his family at 8. A qualified aeronautical engineer, he is now known for his fusion of Eastern and Western music and for the religious overtones in his songs. He has also worked with UNHCR to support Syrian refugees.

 9 John Dolmayan

John Dolmayan
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beirut

 10 Hassan Nasrallah

Hassan Nasrallah
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 31, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bourj Hammoud

 11 Fares Fares

Fares Fares
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 12 Elie Saab

Elie Saab.
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Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: July 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beirut

Lebanese designer Elie Saab had started dressing up his sisters in scraps at age 10. Known for his ornate bridal couture, combining Western silhouettes and Middle-Eastern embellishments, he was the first non-Italian in the governing body of the Milan Fashion Week. He also ventured into interior design in Dubai.

 13 Rafic Hariri

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Famous As: Business tycoon
Birthdate: November 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sidon
Died: February 14, 2005
Former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri gained immense wealth through his construction business and became the world’s fourth-richest politician. His charitable initiatives included education projects in Lebanon. The unrest after his assassination in a car bomb explosion eventually led to the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon.

 14 Haaz Sleiman

Haaz Sleiman
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 15 Saad Hariri

Saad Hariri
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Son of former Lebanese prime minister Rafic al-Hariri, Saad Hariri joined politics after his father was assassinated. After being educated in France and Saudi Arabia, Saad took over his father’s construction business and expanded into the telecom sector. The Future Movement member has also been Lebanon’s prime minister twice.

 16 Tony Mokbel

Tony Mokbel
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Famous As: Australian-Lebanese criminal
Birthdate: August 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuwait City

 17 Nabih Berri

Nabih Berri
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bo

 18 Mika

Mika
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Famous As: Recording artist
Birthdate: August 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 19 Walid Jumblatt

Walid Jumblatt.
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Famous As: Lebanese Politician
Birthdate: August 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beirut

Walid Jumblatt is a Lebanese Druze politician who has been serving as the leader of the popular Progressive Socialist Party for many years now. A former militia commander, Walid Jumblatt also played a key role in the Syrian Civil War. Since the late-1970s, Walid Jumblatt has been the subject of photography like many other political leaders around the world. 

 20 Ragheb Alama

Ragheb Alama
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beirut

 21 Ibrahim Maalouf

Ibrahim Maalouf
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Famous As: Jazz musician
Birthdate: November 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 22 Amin Maalouf

Amin Maalouf
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Librettist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: February 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beirut

 23 Tammam Salam

Tammam Salam
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beirut

 24 Wael Kfoury

Wael Kfoury
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: September 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zahlé

 25 Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah

Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: November 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq
Died: July 4, 2010

 26 Nicolas Hayek

Nicolas Hayek
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: June 28, 2010

 27 Camille Chamoun

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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: April 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Deir el Qamar, Ottoman Empire, Lebanon
Died: August 7, 1987

 28 Elie Hobeika

Elie Hobeika
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: September 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kleiat, Lebanon
Died: January 24, 2002

 29 Rashīd Riḍā

Rashīd Riḍā
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Famous As: Islamic scholar
Birthdate: September 23, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lebanon
Died: August 22, 1935

 30 Karl Wolf

Karl Wolf
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beirut

 31 Ziad Rahbani

Ziad Rahbani
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Antelias

 32 Gabriel Yared

Gabriel Yared
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Famous As: Composer, Film score composer
Birthdate: October 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beirut

 33 Kamal Jumblatt

Kamal Jumblatt
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chouf District
Died: March 16, 1977

 34 Samir Geagea

Samir Geagea
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beirut

 35 Assi El Helani

Assi El Helani
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beirut

 36 Riad al-Sulh

Riad al-Sulh
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: 1894 AD
Birthplace: Sidon, Lebanon
Died: July 17, 1951

 37 Michel Sulaiman

Michel Sulaiman
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: November 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amsheet

 38 Émile Lahoud

Émile Lahoud
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Famous As: Politician, Officer
Birthdate: January 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beirut

 39 Assi Rahbani

Assi Rahbani.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: May 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Antelias
Died: June 21, 1986

Assi Rahbani, part of the Lebanese composer duo The Rahbani Brothers, which also had his brother Mansour Rahbani, previously worked with Near East Radio. He later mostly composed music for his singer wife Nouhad Haddad, better known as Fairuz. The husband-wife duo also appeared in movies such as The Exile.

 40 Imad Mughniyeh

Imad Mughniyeh
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Famous As: Military chief
Birthdate: December 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tair Debbé, Lebanon
Died: February 12, 2008

 41 Wadih El Safi

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lebanon
Died: October 11, 2013

 42 ʿAbbās al-Mūsawī

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Famous As: Lebanese religious leader
Birthdate: October 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: al-Nabi Shit, Lebanon
Died: February 16, 1992

 43 Suleiman Franjieh

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zgharta, Lebanon
Died: July 23, 1992

 44 Bashir Shihab II

Bashir Shihab II
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: January 2, 1767
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gazir, Iran
Died: 1850 AD

 45 Antoun Saadeh

Antoun Saadeh
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: March 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dhour El Choueir, Lebanon
Died: July 8, 1949

 46 Fouad Siniora

Fouad Siniora
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Famous As: Politician, Prime Minister
Birthdate: April 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sidon

 47 Marcel Khalife

Marcel Khalife.
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amsheet

Lebanese composer, singer, and oud player Marcel Khalife gained international fame with songs such as Rita and the Rifle. Devoted to the Palestinian cause, he is inspired by the Communist Party and the poems of Mahmoud Darwish. His humanitarian efforts made him the 2005 UNESCO Artist for Peace.

 48 Frumentius

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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Tyre, Lebanon
Died: 0383 AD

 49 Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah

Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
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Famous As: Kuwaiti Politician
Birthdate: August 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lebanon

 50 Bishara al-Khuri

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Famous As: President of Lebanon
Birthdate: August 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: January 11, 1964