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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Amal Clooney
(Barrister, Human rights activist)

Amal Clooney
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Listed In: Activists
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.

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Serj Tankian
(Singer-songwriter)

Serj Tankian
8
Listed In: Activists
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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Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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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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Khalil Gibran
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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.

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Nancy Ajram
(Singer)

Nancy Ajram
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Listed In: Singers
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.

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Marcus Lemonis
(CEO of the Camping World)

Marcus Lemonis
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
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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Carlos Ghosn
(Former CEO of Renault & Nissan)

Carlos Ghosn
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Listed In: Business People
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.

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Michael Boulos
(Tiffany Trump’s Boyfriend)

Michael Boulos
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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

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Maher Zain
(Singer-Songwriter Known for His Debut Album 'Thank You Allah')

Maher Zain
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Listed In: Singers
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.

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Birthdate: April 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

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Hassan Nasrallah
(Politician)

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

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Michael Malarkey
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Birthdate: June 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
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Michael Atiyah
(Mathematician)

Michael Atiyah
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: January 11, 2019

Recipient of Fields Medal and Abel Prize, British-Lebanese mathematician Michael Atiyah emerged as a leading figure in the UK mathematics during the latter half of the 20th century. He specialised in geometry and made remarkable contributions in the fields of geometry, theoretical physics, topology and global analysis, and is best known for proving the Atiyah–Singer index theorem with Isadore Singer.

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Elie Saab
(Fashion Designer)

Elie Saab
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Listed In: Fashion
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.

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Rafic Hariri
(Prime Minister of Lebanon (1992-98, 2000-04))

Rafic Hariri
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sidon, Lebanon
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.

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Nadine Nassib Njeim
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Birthdate: February 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beirut, 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.

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Haaz Sleiman
(Film actor)

Haaz Sleiman
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Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

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Fairuz
(Singer, Considered the Musical Icon of Lebanon and Is Popularly Known as “The Soul of Lebanon”)

Fairuz
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 21, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jabal Alarz, Lebanon

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Haifa Wehbe
(Arabic Pop Singer and Actress)

Haifa Wehbe
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mahrouna, Lebanon

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Mika
(Brit Award-Winning Singer Known for His Breakthrough EP 'Dodgy Holiday')

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

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Nadine Labaki
(First Female Arab Director to Be Nominated for an Oscar in the Category for Best Foreign Language Film)

Nadine Labaki
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Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baabdat, Lebanon

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Rima Fakih
(Model)

Rima Fakih
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Srifa, Lebanon

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Ardem Patapoutian
(Known for his work in characterizing the PIEZO1, PIEZO2, and TRPM8 receptors that detect pressure, menthol, and temperature)

Ardem Patapoutian
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 24 
Najwa Karam
(Singer)

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

 25 
Sabah
(Singer Known for her more than fifty popular music albums and for her close to one hundred performances in films)

Sabah
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bdadoun, Lebanon
Died: November 26, 2014

 26 
Brigitte Gabriel
(Lebanese-born American Activist, Who Founded the Anti-Islam Organization 'ACT! for America')

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

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Cyrine Abdelnour
(Lebanese Singer and Actress Known for Her Hit Single 'Law Bas Fe Aini')

Cyrine Abdelnour
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beirut

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Ragheb Alama
(Lebanese Singer, Dancer and Television Star)

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

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Amin Maalouf
(Lebanese-Born French Author and Journalist, Who Is Known for His Bestselling War Novels)

Amin Maalouf
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

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Edmond Safra
(Banker)

Edmond Safra
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: December 3, 1999

Edmond Safra was a Lebanese Brazilian banker. His father was a prominent banker, and he began his career working at his father’s bank. He was hardworking, ambitious, and street-smart and started earning millions while still in his teens. He was also a major philanthropist. He died in an arson that attracted wide media interest.  

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Joseph Safra
(Chairperson of Banco Safra)

Joseph Safra
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: December 10, 2020

Joseph Safra was a Swiss-based Lebanese Brazilian banker and businessman. A billionaire, he ran the Brazilian banking and investment empire, Safra Group, and was the chairman of all Safra companies. At the time of his death in 2020, he was the richest person in Brazil. He was married to a Greek-born woman named Vicky and had four children. 

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Myriam Fares
(Lebanese Arabic Pop Singer, Dancer and Entertainer)

Myriam Fares
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Southern Lebanon

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Wael Kfoury
(Lebanese Singer-Songwriter Known as 'The King of Romance' for His Aching Ballad Style)

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

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Saad Hariri
(Politician)

Saad Hariri
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Ziad Rahbani
(Most Influential Lebanese Composer During the Civil War and Son of Legends 'Assi Rahbani' and 'Fairuz')

Ziad Rahbani
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Antelias, Lebanon

 36 
Nicolas Hayek
(Entrepreneur)

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

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

 38 
Camille Chamoun
(Political leader)

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

 39 
Yasmine Hamdan
(Lebanese Electro-Pop Singer-Songwriter Based in Paris)

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

 40 
Elie Hobeika
(Military Leader)

Elie Hobeika
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kleiat, Lebanon
Died: January 24, 2002

 41 
Diana Haddad
(Lebanese Singer and Actor, Who Is One of the Icons of the Arab Pop Scene)

Diana Haddad
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Southern Lebanon

 42 
Rula Ghani
(Politician)

Rula Ghani
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Lebanon

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Tammam Salam
(Politician)

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

 44 
Nabih Berri
(Politician)

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

 45 
Rashīd Riḍā
(Islamic scholar)

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

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

 47 
Majida El Roumi
(Lebanese Soprano Singer and UN Goodwill Ambassador)

Majida El Roumi
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Southern Lebanon

 48 
Karl Wolf
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter)

Karl Wolf
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Listed In: Singers
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.

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Émile Lahoud
(Politician, Officer)

Émile Lahoud
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beirut

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Fakhr al-Din II
(Political leader)

Fakhr al-Din II
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Birthdate: August 6, 1572
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baakleen, Lebanon
Died: April 13, 1635