Moroccan

Find out more about the greatest Moroccans, including Ibn Battuta, RedOne, Michel Qissi, Hicham El Guerrouj and Muhammad al-Idrisi.

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 1 Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta.
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: February 25, 1304
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tangier
Died: 1377 AD

Ibn Battuta was a Berber-Moroccan explorer and scholar who traveled extensively, visiting most of the Old World over a period of three decades. He is one of the most traveled explorers in history. After returning home, Ibn Battuta dictated an account of his journeys, which is simply referred to as The Rihla.

 2 Pokimane

Pokimane.
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Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: Gamer
Birthdate: May 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Morocco

Pokimane is an award-winning Twitch streamer and an important member of an online social entertainment group called OfflineTV. An inspiration to gamers across the world, Pokimane is part of an online gaming revolution which is likely to have a major impact in future. Her popularity as a Twitch streamer and YouTuber earned her a cameo in the film Free Guy.

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 3 Jean Reno

Jean Reno.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Casablanca
French-Moroccan actor Jean Reno is best known for his roles in Godzilla, The Pink Panther, and Mission Impossible. He has also been part of French, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish films, and was nominated for a European Film Award for his role in Les Rivières pourpres, or Crimson Rivers.

 4 Mobutu Sese Seko

Mobutu Sese Seko.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Dictator
Birthdate: October 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisala, Belgian
Died: September 7, 1997

Mobutu Sese Seko was a Congolese military officer and politician. From 1965 to 1997, Mobutu served as the president of Zaire. During his long reign as the president, Mobutu garnered notoriety for nepotism and corruption. His life and work inspired Belgian filmmaker, Thierry Michel, to make a three-part documentary titled Mobutu, King of Zaire.

 5 Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dronten

 6 Mohammed VI of Morocco

Mohammed VI of Morocco.
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Famous As: King of Morocco
Birthdate: August 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco

Mohammed VI of Morocco is the present King of Morocco. He ascended to the throne in 1999. His father was King Hassan II. Hailing from the Alaouite dynasty, Mohammed VI well-educated man with a Ph.D. in law with distinction. It is alleged that corruption is rampant in his court, and he is criticized for his extravagant lifestyle.  

 7 Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sarcelles, France

Riyad Mahrez is a professional footballer. He plays for Premier League club Manchester City and the Algerian national team. He began his youth career playing for French club AAS Sarcelles and turned professional in 2009. He represented Algeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the 2015–16 season, he was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year.

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 8 Gad Elmaleh

Gad Elmaleh
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: April 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

 9 Sofia Pernas

Sofia Pernas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fes, Morocco

 10 Ibrahim Afellay

Ibrahim Afellay
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Utrecht

 11 Medhi Benatia

Medhi Benatia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Courcouronnes, Évry-Courcouronnes, France

 12 Hicham El Guerrouj

Hicham El Guerrouj.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: September 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berkane, Morocco

Moroccan former middle-distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj is a four-time 1500m world champion. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador became the second athlete to win both the 1500m and 5000m titles in the same Olympics. He won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year thrice and holds many indoor and outdoor records.

 13 RedOne

RedOne.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: April 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tétouan

RedOne is a Moroccan-Swedish record producer, singer, songwriter, and record executive. He is credited with founding his own record label, RedOne Records. Over the years, he has collaborated with popular personalities like Lady Gaga, Akon, Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson, and Jennifer Lopez among many other high-profile artists. He has several prestigious awards under his belt, including three Grammy Awards.

 14 Faouzia

Faouzia
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

 15 Muhammad al-Idrisi

Muhammad al-Idrisi.
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Famous As: Cartographer, Geographer, Traveler
Birthdate: 1100 AD
Birthplace: Ceuta, (present-day Spain)
Died: 1165 AD

Arab geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi created over 70 maps. Born in Ceuta, he spent much of his early life traveling around regions of North Africa, Western Europe, and Asia Minor. Advisor to Sicilian king Roger II, he created the Tabula Rogeriana, one of the most detailed maps of the world.

 16 Saad Lamjarred

Saad Lamjarred
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco

 17 Adel Taarabt

Adel Taarabt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fes

Adel Taarabt is a Moroccan football player who currently plays for the Morocco national team and the popular Portuguese club Benfica. He has also played for other popular teams like Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, and AC Milan.

 18 Michel Qissi

Michel Qissi.
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: September 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oujda, Morocco

Michel Qissi is a Moroccan-Belgian actor who achieved fame for his portrayal of Tong Po in the popular 1989 American martial arts film, Kickboxer. An exponent of boxing, Shōtōkan Karate, kickboxing, and Muay Thai, Qissi is known for his collaboration with Jean-Claude van Damme, whom he befriended at an early age.

 19 Sofiane Boufal

Sofiane Boufal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France

 20 Younès Belhanda

Younès Belhanda
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: French-Moroccan Footballer
Birthdate: February 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Avignon

 21 Jamel Debbouze

Jamel Debbouze
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 22 Mordechai Vanunu

Mordechai Vanunu
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Famous As: Technician
Birthdate: October 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marrakech

Mordechai Vanunu is an Israeli peace activist and former nuclear technician. In 1986, he revealed details of Israel's nuclear weapons program to the British press and was subsequently imprisoned for 18 years. Internationally, he is known as a whistle-blower, while in Israel, he is considered a traitor. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1987.   

 23 Romain Saïss

Romain Saïss
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bourg-de-Péage

 24 Nathalie Delon

Nathalie Delon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oujda, Morocco
Died: January 21, 2021

 25 Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rif, Bni Chiker, Nador province, Morocco

Born in her grandmother’s farm in Morocco, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem migrated to France around the age of five. A graduate of Institut d'études politiques de Paris, she joined the Socialist Party (PS) at twenty-five, eventually becoming the first French woman to serve as Minister of Education, Higher Education, and Research. Currently, she serves as Director of the One Campaign in France.

 26 Nordin Amrabat

Nordin Amrabat
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naarden

 27 Yassine Bounou

Yassine Bounou
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal

 28 Mohammed V of Morocco

Mohammed V of Morocco
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Famous As: Sultan of Morocco
Birthdate: August 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fes, Morocco
Died: February 26, 1961

 29 Ismail Ibn Sharif

Ismail Ibn Sharif
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Famous As: Sultan
Birthdate: 1645 AD
Birthplace: Rissani, Morocco
Died: March 22, 1727

 30 Victor Drai

Victor Drai
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Casablanca

 31 Lartiste

Lartiste
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marrakesh, Morocco

 32 Nabil Dirar

Nabil Dirar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Casablanca

 33 Jamal Ben Saddik

Jamal Ben Saddik
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: October 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

 34 Audrey Azoulay

Audrey Azoulay
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France

 35 Youssef Zalal

Youssef Zalal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

 36 Sofyan Amrabat

Sofyan Amrabat
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huizen, Netherlands

 37 Paul Marciano

Paul Marciano
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Debdou, Morocco

Born in Morocco and raised in France, designer Paul Marciano is one of the co-founders of Guess and The Marciano Art Foundation. Part of a family of rabbis, he grew up in a synagogue complex and was also part of a Jewish boy scout group.

 38 Khalid Boulahrouz

Khalid Boulahrouz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Maassluis

 39 Samira Said

Samira Said
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rabat

 40 Mbark Boussoufa

Mbark Boussoufa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amsterdam

 41 Karim El Ahmadi

Karim El Ahmadi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Enschede

 42 Tarik Elyounoussi

Tarik Elyounoussi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Moroccan-Norwegian footballer
Birthdate: February 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Al Hoceima

 43 Joe Mimran

Joe Mimran
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Canadian designer
Birthdate: December 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Morocco

 44 Dounia Batma

Dounia Batma
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

 45 Ayoub El Kaabi

Ayoub El Kaabi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Moroccan footballer
Birthdate: June 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

 46 Leila Slimani

Leila Slimani
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco

 47 Omar El Kaddouri

Omar El Kaddouri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brussels

 48 Ahmed Aboutaleb

Ahmed Aboutaleb
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beni Sidel, Morocco

 49 Namika

Namika
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

 50 Lubna Azabal

Lubna Azabal
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium