Famous Malaysian Men

If there is one person on earth who has put women from the royalty to the celebrity perched on their heels, it’s indisputably Jimmy Choo! Ask a woman from any corner of the world and she would swear by having a Jimmy Choo (or eyeing on one) in her wardrobe! For what is a shoe collection without a pair of Jimmy Choo! Are you wondering what this is all about? Just a simple reminder that this is the kind of influence Malaysian men have exerted on the world over. From celebrities to politicians, activists to entrepreneurs, models to millionaires, businessmen to sports star, Malaysian men have made their worth count in all the spheres.

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 Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: October 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bagan Serai, Malaysia
Malaysian former badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei held the first rank for 349 weeks as a singles player, thus becoming the only player from his country to be number one for over a year. He is a three-time Olympic silver medalist but quit the game after his cancer diagnosis.

 2 Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: November 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: George Town
While locked down in Malaysia during the COVID-19 crisis, luxury footwear designer Jimmy Choo came across the idea to open a fashion academy in London. Born to a modest shoemaker in Penang, Choo had mastered the art of shoe designing in London, where he later launched his eponymous shoe brand.

 3 Guy Sebastian

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Klang

Award-winning Malaysian-Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian, who won the first Australian Idol, has over the years spawned several hit singles like Battle Scars and studio-albums like Just as I Am that garnered multi-platinum certification. He has collaborated with many notable American musicians, represented Australia during 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, and appeared several times as a judge on Australia's The X Factor.

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 4 Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Malaysia
Birthdate: July 10, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alor Setar

Mahathir Mohamad is a Malaysian statesman, doctor, and author. He twice served as the prime minister of Malaysia and is widely regarded as one of the most popular Malaysian prime ministers of all time. Under his premiership, Malaysia underwent a period of rapid economic growth and modernization. Mahathir Mohamad is also credited with establishing strong foreign relations with many countries.

 5 Henry Golding

Henry Golding
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sarawak, Malaysia

 6 Najib Razak

Najib Razak
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
Birthdate: July 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuala Lipis, Malaysia
Najib Razak was the Malaysian prime minister from 2009 to 2018. Son of former prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein, he has also chaired the Barisan Nasional coalition and been the president of the United Malays National Organisation. He was later convicted of corruption and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

 7 Nigel Ng

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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 8 Michael Gough

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur
Died: March 27, 2011

 9 Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim
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Famous As: Malaysian Politician
Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bukit Mertajam

Anwar Ibrahim is a Malaysian politician who has served as Leader of the Opposition twice. Interested in politics from an early age, he joined the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) as a young man. He rose through the ranks to become the finance minister and the deputy prime minister. He is a controversial figure and has been jailed for sodomy.

 10 Tunku Abdul Rahman

Tunku Abdul Rahman
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Famous As: 1st Prime Minister of Malaysia
Birthdate: February 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Malaysia
Died: December 6, 1990
Tunku Abdul Rahman was a Malaysian statesman who served as the first prime minister of Malaysia from 1957 to 1970. Before becoming the Malaysian prime minister, Tunku played an important role in the independence process that came to an end in 1957. Tunku Abdul Rahman is widely regarded as Malaysia's founding father for his role in the formation of Malaysia.

 11 Vincent Tan

Vincent Tan
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Famous As: Investor
Birthdate: March 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia

Vincent Tan is a Malaysian Chinese investor and businessman. He is credited with founding Berjaya Corporation Berhad, a Malaysia-based corporation that operates a wide range of businesses. In 2010, Tan was named in the Forbes' billionaire list. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Vincent Tan founded the Better Malaysia Foundation, which grants scholarships and interest-free loans to students in need.

 12 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bayan Lepas

Former Malaysian prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had initially served the civil services. He focused on removing corruption and poverty from his country during his tenure as the PM. He is also a talented poet, and following his retirement, he now serves as the chancellor of the Universiti Teknologi Petronas.

 13 Lee Zii Jia

Lee Zii Jia
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: March 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

 14 Ronny Chieng

Ronny Chieng
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia

 15 P. Ramlee

P. Ramlee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Died: May 29, 1973

 16 Tony Fernandes

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur

 17 Robert Kuok

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Famous As: Founder and chairman, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Birthdate: October 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia

 18 Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng
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Famous As: The Fourth Chief Minister of Penang and the Current Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party
Birthdate: December 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Malaysia

Former finance minister of Malaysia Lim Guan Eng was no stranger to politics as a child, being the son of politician Lim Kit Siang. Educated in Malaysia and Australia, Eng had initially begun his career as a banker. He has faced a number of legal issues, including charges of corruption.

 19 Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: July 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor went from being an orthopaedic surgeon to becoming the first Malaysian man to fly into space. Chosen out of 11,000 applicants to join the Malaysian-Russian collaborative space initiative Angkasawan, he became a national hero. He also conducted various medical research experiments while in space.

 20 Azmin Ali

Azmin Ali
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore in Malaysia

Malaysian senior minister Azmin Ali was born in Singapore, to a British Army clerk. He met his future wife while studying at the University of Minnesota. In 2019, he became a victim of a sex scandal when a viral video showed him being intimate with a man.

 21 Hussein Onn

Hussein Onn
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
Birthdate: February 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Johor Bahru
Died: May 29, 1990

Former Malaysian prime minister Hussein Onn is remembered as the Father of Unity. Son of Malaysian freedom fighter Onn Jaafar, Hussein had been educated in Singapore and then been part of the Indian Army during World War II. He later stepped into politics with the UMNO.

 22 Abdul Razak Hussein

Abdul Razak Hussein
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pekan, Malaysia
Died: January 14, 1976

 23 James Brooke

James Brooke
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Famous As: Politician, Writer, Diplomat
Birthdate: April 29, 1803
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Varanasi
Died: June 11, 1868

 24 Lawrence Wong

Lawrence Wong
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia

 25 Vijay Eswaran

Vijay Eswaran
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Birthdate: October 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Penang

 26 Namewee

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Famous As: Hip-hop artist
Birthdate: May 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muar, Johor, Malaysia

 27 Azizulhasni Awang

Azizulhasni Awang
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: January 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuala Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia

 28 Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Malacca, Malaysia

 29 Hishammuddin Hussein

Hishammuddin Hussein
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur

 30 Remy Ishak

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melaka, Malaysia

 31 Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: April 13, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kota Bharu

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is a Malaysian politician who played an important role in establishing key policies and foundations in Malaysia's economy. For his immense contribution to Malaysia's economy, Razaleigh is often referred to as the Father of Malaysian Economic Development. Razaleigh, who held various ministerial positions in the past, is currently serving as a member of parliament (MP).

 32 Syed Mokhtar Albukhary

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Famous As: Businesspeople
Birthdate: December 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Malaysia

 33 James Wan

James Wan
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

James Wan is an Australian screenwriter, film director, comic book writer, and producer. He is credited with creating or co-creating the popular Insidious, Saw, and The Conjuring Universe franchises. An exponent of the horror genre, James Wan established the Atomic Monster Productions, which produces television and film projects. He is also one of the most successful filmmakers of his generation.

 34 Fattah Amin

Fattah Amin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 35 Rory Underwood

Rory Underwood
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: June 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Middlesbrough

Rory Underwood is an English former rugby union player. He predominantly played in the wing position and spent the majority of his career with Leicester Tigers. He also played for Middlesbrough and Bedford Blues. He was previously a pilot with the Royal Air Force and has played for the RAF rugby team as well. 

 36 Alex Yoong

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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur

 37 Simon Russell Beale

Simon Russell Beale
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia

Born to doctor parents, Simon Russell Beale chose to study music and drama instead of following in his parents’ footsteps. A Guildhall alumnus, he gained fame performing for the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he collaborated with Sam Mendes. The Tony Award-winning actor has also been knighted for his achievements.

 38 Khaw Boon Wan

Khaw Boon Wan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Penang

 39 Lim Kit Siang

Lim Kit Siang
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: February 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Batu Pahat

 40 Tony Pua

Tony Pua
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: August 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Batu Pahat

 41 Bront Palarae

Bront Palarae
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

 42 Chef Wan

Chef Wan
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: January 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore

 43 Nurin Jazlin

Nurin Jazlin
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Famous As: Murder victim
Birthdate: September 11, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Died: September 16, 2007

 44 Sudirman

Sudirman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Temerloh, Malaysia
Died: February 22, 1992

 45 Ibrahim of Johor

Ibrahim of Johor
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Famous As: Malaysian king
Birthdate: September 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istana Bidadari, Serangoon, Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died: May 8, 1959

 46 Khairy Jamaluddin

Khairy Jamaluddin
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuwait City

 47 Shukri Yahaya

Shukri Yahaya
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 48 Michael Wong

Michael Wong
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ipoh, Malaysia

 49 Misbun Sidek

Misbun Sidek
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: February 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Banting, Malaysia

 50 Arthur Percival

Arthur Percival
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: December 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aspenden
Died: January 31, 1966

Blamed for undermining the British Imperial prestige by surrendering to the Japanese Army during the Battle of Singapore, Arthur Percival was actually a distinguished military officer, known for his successful campaigns in interwar period.  Plagued with underequipped garrison from the beginning, he was forced to surrender in order to save the lives of his 100,000 men and became the scapegoat.

Their exemplary work and outstanding talent have made them a standing example for the world over. Some of the preeminent Malaysian men who have left a lasting imprint on the world map include Jimmy Choo, Abdul Samad Bin Muhammad Said, Joel Neoh, Robert Kuok, Sazali Samad, Lee Chong Wei, Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Mahathir, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and so on. To know more about the life and works of Malaysian men, read further.