Malaysia, a melting pot of diverse cultures, and a hotspot of some of Asia’s greatest attractions (think prehistoric rainforests, world’s tallest twin towers – the Petronas, and Batu Caves!), is also the home to some exceptionally successful people. That is right! It is truly amazing how this multicultural haven, oscillating between its Oriental culture and pockets of diverse other religions, race and background, has managed to carve a niche for itself in the global map. Tourism and its attractions aside, this Southeast Asian country is also the address to some popular names in the world. Don’t believe us? Bet, you did not know that the maker of world famous shoes, Jimmy Choo was a Malaysian? Or that brand ambassador of L’Oreal and Sony, the famous supermodel Amber Chia is a Malaysian? Join us as we delve into the lives of some world famous Malaysians in their biographies and trail their timeline, trivia and facts here.
Michelle YeohMichelle Yeoh
06 August 1962
Actress
Mahathir MohamadMahathir Mohamad
10 July 1925
Prime Minister of Malaysia

Najib Razak Najib Razak
23 July 1953
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia

Tunku Abdul RahmanTunku Abdul Rahman
08 February 1903
First Prime Minister of Malaysia

Lee Chong WeiLee Chong Wei
21 October 1982
Badminton Player

Vincent TanVincent Tan
23 March 1952
Investor
Anwar IbrahimAnwar Ibrahim
10 August 1947
Malaysian Politician

Tengku Razaleigh HamzahTengku Razaleigh Hamzah
13 April 1937
Statesman

Jimmy ChooJimmy Choo
15 November 1948
Fashion designer
Sheikh Muszaphar ShukorSheikh Muszaphar Shukor
27 July 1972
Astronaut

Abdullah Ahmad BadawiAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
26 November 1939
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
Lim Guan EngLim Guan Eng
08 December 1960
The Fourth Chief Minister of Penang and the

Hussein OnnHussein Onn
12 February 1922
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia

Nicol DavidNicol David
26 August 1983
Player

Azmin AliAzmin Ali
25 August 1964
Malaysian Politician

Andrea ThomaAndrea Thoma
11 July 1988
Instagram Star
Nur AisyahNur Aisyah
24 August 2000
YouTuber

Nigel NgNigel Ng
15 March 1991
Comedian

James WanJames Wan
26 February 1977
Director

Claudia WellsClaudia Wells
05 July 1966
Actress
Guy SebastianGuy Sebastian
26 October 1981
Singer, Songwriter, Record producer

Ronny ChiengRonny Chieng
21 November 1985
Comedian
Michael GoughMichael Gough
23 November 1916
Actor

Tanita TikaramTanita Tikaram
12 August 1969
Singer, Composer, Songwriter

Tony FernandesTony Fernandes
30 April 1964
Entrepreneur
Simon Russell BealeSimon Russell Beale
12 January 1961
Actor

Arthur PercivalArthur Percival
26 December 1887
Military personnel
P. RamleeP. Ramlee
22 March 1929
Actor

Siti NurhalizaSiti Nurhaliza
11 January 1979
Singer

Vijay EswaranVijay Eswaran
07 October 1960
 
Abdul Razak HusseinAbdul Razak Hussein
11 March 1922
Politician

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Jordan RodriguesJordan Rodrigues
20 July 1992
Stage actor, Film actor
Michelle AngMichelle Ang
17 October 1983
Actor

James BrookeJames Brooke
29 April 1803
Politician, Writer, Diplomat

Khairy JamaluddinKhairy Jamaluddin
10 January 1976
Politician

Hishammuddin HusseinHishammuddin Hussein
05 August 1961
Politician, Lawyer
Tok JanggutTok Janggut
1853 AD
Warrior
Carmen SooCarmen Soo
14 October 1977
Model, Actor, Presenter

Wan Azizah Wan IsmailWan Azizah Wan Ismail
03 December 1952
Ophthalmologist, Politician

Bic RungaBic Runga
13 January 1976
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist

Alex YoongAlex Yoong
20 July 1976
Racecar driver
Abdul Rahman of Negeri SembilanAbdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan
24 August 1895
King

Devan NairDevan Nair
05 August 1923
Politician

Onn JaafarOnn Jaafar
12 February 1895
Politician

Maya KarinMaya Karin
29 October 1979
Actress

Goh Keng SweeGoh Keng Swee
06 October 1918
Politician
Khoo Teck PuatKhoo Teck Puat
13 January 1917
Entrepreneur, Banker

Lim Kit SiangLim Kit Siang
20 February 1941
Politician, Lawyer
Kimberley ChenKimberley Chen
23 May 1994
Singer

Angelica LeeAngelica Lee
23 January 1976
Actor, Singer

Salahuddin of SelangorSalahuddin of Selangor
08 March 1926
Sultan of Selangor
Rory UnderwoodRory Underwood
19 June 1963
Rugby union player

Quek Leng ChanQuek Leng Chan
1941 AD
banker
Khaw Boon WanKhaw Boon Wan
08 December 1952
Politician

Ismail Abdul RahmanIsmail Abdul Rahman
04 November 1915
Politician

Tan Cheng LockTan Cheng Lock
05 April 1883
Politician

Shaun ChenShaun Chen
03 November 1978
Actor

Tun PerakTun Perak
Soldier
Chua Soi LekChua Soi Lek
02 January 1947
Politician

Amber ChiaAmber Chia
14 December 1981
Model

YunaYuna
14 November 1986
Singer

Mahmud Shah of MalaccaMahmud Shah of Malacca
Sultan of Malacca
Tengku Adnan Tengku MansorTengku Adnan Tengku Mansor
20 December 1950
Politician

Safee SaliSafee Sali
28 January 1984
Association football player
Tony PuaTony Pua
01 August 1972
politician

Yap Ah LoyYap Ah Loy
14 March 1837
Malaysian leader

Abdullah Abdul KadirAbdullah Abdul Kadir
1796 AD
Author
Burhanuddin al-HelmyBurhanuddin al-Helmy
29 August 1911
Leader

Raja Ali HajiRaja Ali Haji
1808 AD
Historian
Najib Tun RazakNajib Tun Razak
23 July 1953
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia

Felixia YeapFelixia Yeap
03 July 1986
model

Mahmud Muzaffar ShahMahmud Muzaffar Shah
1823 AD
Malaysian sultan
Jill BennettJill Bennett
24 December 1931
Actress

Daing ParaniDaing Parani
Political leader
Bill ThrelfallBill Threlfall
24 April 1925
Coach

Muhammad Yusuf bin AhmadMuhammad Yusuf bin Ahmad
1868 AD
Theologian

Sayyid Shaykh bin Ahmad al-HadiSayyid Shaykh bin Ahmad al-Hadi
22 November 1867
Malaysian writer

Sultan Idris ibn Raja IskandarSultan Idris ibn Raja Iskandar
19 June 1849
Sultan