Lebanese

If you thought that Lebanon’s only claim to fame was its world-famous hummus, halloumi, falafel and tabouleh, it is time to up your information quotient about the land! Home to world’s most loved cuisine, Middle East’s most glamorous city, Beirut and a string of beach resorts (things that will immediately put you into a holiday mood), Lebanon has also been home to fiery orators, fine entertainers, world-class diplomats and politicians, and, exceptionally talented sportsmen, musicians, artistes, innovators and many more. That’s right! We bet you did not know that the “Matrix” star Keanu Reeves was from Lebanon? Or that George Clooney’s lawyer wife Amal Clooney too called Lebanon her home? Or that the writer of “Broken Wings” Gibran Khalil Gibran was born in this Middle Eastern country? With so many important names to its claim, Lebanon stands as a mine of famous men and women. To know more about famous Lebanese people, delve deep into their biographies and learn all about their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts.

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 1 Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer, Activist
Birthdate: February 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister, specializing in human rights and international law. Her clients include popular and influential personalities like Yulia Tymoshenko, Nadia Murad, and Julian Assange. Her work and philanthropic activities gained media coverage after her wedding to actor George Clooney. The Clooneys are well-known philanthropists and are founders of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

 2 Mia Khalifa

Mia Khalifa
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Famous As: Media personality, former pornographic actress, and webcam model
Birthdate: February 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 3 Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

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 4 Serj Tankian

Serj Tankian
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Listed In: Activists
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.

 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis
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Listed In: Business People
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.
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 8 Mika

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

 9 Nancy Ajram

Nancy Ajram
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Achrafieh

Nancy Ajram is a Lebanese singer and businesswoman. She began performing as a child and was just 15 when she released her debut album. As a young woman, she became known as a sex symbol. She has sold millions of records worldwide and is one of the best-selling Middle Eastern music artists. She has numerous accolades to her name.

 10 Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn
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Listed In: Business People
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.

 11 Michael Boulos

Michael Boulos
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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

 12 Fairuz

Fairuz
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Artist
Birthdate: November 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beirut

 13 Michael Malarkey

Michael Malarkey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 14 Maher Zain

Maher Zain
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tripoli, Lebanon

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.

 15 Hassan Nasrallah

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

 16 John Dolmayan

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

 17 Elie Saab

Elie Saab
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Listed In: Fashion
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.

 18 Fares Fares

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

 19 Nadine Nassib Njeim

Nadine Nassib Njeim
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baalbek, Lebanon

Born to a Lebanese father and a Tunisian mother, Nadine Nassib Njeim was crowned Miss Lebanon 2004 and later represented Lebanon at the Miss Universe pageant. She exhibited her acting skills in series such as Samra. After being injured in the deadly 2020 Beirut explosion, she underwent a 6-hour surgery.

 20 Haaz Sleiman

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

 21 Rafic Hariri

Rafic Hariri
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 22 Nadine Labaki

Nadine Labaki
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Actor, Film director, Artist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beirut

 23 Ardem Patapoutian

Ardem Patapoutian
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Known for his work in characterizing the PIEZO1, PIEZO2, and TRPM8 receptors that detect pressure, menthol, and temperature
Birthdate: October 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 24 Haifa Wehbe

Haifa Wehbe
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mahrouna, Lebanon

 25 Cyrine Abdelnour

Cyrine Abdelnour
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Actor, Model
Birthdate: February 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beirut

 26 Ragheb Alama

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

 27 Najwa Karam

Najwa Karam
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zahlé

 28 Ibrahim Maalouf

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

Ibrahim Maalouf is a French-Lebanese composer and jazz trumpeter. In addition to his many studio albums, Maalouf is also known for his contribution as a composer for many movie soundtracks and symphonic orchestras. In 2014, he was honored at the French Music Awards with the prestigious Best World Music Artist award.

 29 Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte Gabriel
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marjeyoun, Lebanon

 30 Amin Maalouf

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

 31 Sabah

Sabah
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: singer, stage actor, film actor
Birthdate: November 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beirut
Died: November 26, 2014

 32 Walid Jumblatt

Walid Jumblatt
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Listed In: Leaders
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. 

 33 Delphine Seyrig

Delphine Seyrig
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: October 15, 1990

 34 Nabih Berri

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

 35 Saad Hariri

Saad Hariri
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 36 Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah

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

 37 Wael Kfoury

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

 38 Ziad Rahbani

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

 39 Myriam Fares

Myriam Fares
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Record producer, Dancer, Actor
Birthdate: May 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Southern Lebanon

 40 Tammam Salam

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

 41 Yasmine Hamdan

Yasmine Hamdan
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 42 Nicolas Hayek

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

 43 Camille Chamoun

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

 44 Rula Ghani

Rula Ghani
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Lebanon

 45 Farid Fata

Farid Fata
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Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Hematologist
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Lebanon

 46 Diana Haddad

Diana Haddad
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: October 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Southern Lebanon

 47 Karl Wolf

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

Lebanese-Canadian musician Karl Wolf soared to fame with his cover version of Toto's Africa. Born to musician parents in Beirut, he moved to Sharjah and then to Montreal with his family. His hits include tracks such as Butterflies and collaborations such as Yalla Habibi. He is also part of the collective BAE.

 48 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

 49 Julia Boutros

Julia Boutros
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 50 Samir Geagea

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