Famous People Born In Singapore

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Lee Kuan Yew
(Founding Father of Modern Singapore)
Lee Kuan Yew
24
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 23, 2015

Lawyer-turned-politician Lee Kuan Yew, also known as LKY, was the first prime minister of Singapore, from 1959 to 1990. He established the People's Action Party. He later also served as his country’s Senior Minister and Minister Mentor. He was also part of David Rockefeller's International Council and Forbes's Brain Trust.

 2 
Louis Theroux
(Documentary Filmmaker, Journalist, Broadcaster and Podcaster)
Louis Theroux
11
Birthdate: May 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus

Renowned British-American documentary filmmaker, Louis Theroux began his career as a journalist with Metro Silicon Valley, Spy magazine and TV Nation series. He gained recognition with his documentary series When Louis Met..., and Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends. The two time BAFTA Award winner has also received appreciation for his documentaries The Most Hated Family in America and My Scientology Movie.

 3 
Kygo
(DJ Best Known for His December 2013 Remix of 'I See Fire' & 2014 Remix of 'Firestone')
Kygo
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Norwegian DJ and record producer Kygo gained worldwide acclaim for his remix of the Ed Sheeran track I See Fire. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, he became the first house music producer who performed at an Olympics closing ceremony. He is also the fastest to gain a billion Spotify streams.
 4 
Ross Butler
(Actor and Model Known for His Role as ‘Zach Dempsey’ in the TV Series ‘13 Reasons Why’)
Ross Butler
19
Birthdate: May 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Ross Butler is best known as Zach Dempsey from the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Fans also loved him in K.C. Undercover and Riverdale. He has also been featured on a BTS music video and has appeared as Trevor Pike in the To All the Boys franchise.
 5 
Jackson Rathbone
(Actor)
Jackson Rathbone
9
Birthdate: December 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 6 
Fiona Bruce
(Journalist)
Fiona Bruce
5
Birthdate: April 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 7 
Lee Hsien Loong
(Third Prime Minister of Singapore)
Lee Hsien Loong
18
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Lee Hsien Loong is a politician who has been serving as the current prime minister of Singapore since 2004. He has also been serving as the People's Action Party's secretary-general since 2004. Lee is credited with supervising Singapore's economic recovery after the 2008 financial crisis. A former army general, Lee served in the Singapore Armed Forces from 1971 to 1984. 

 8 
Joseph Schooling
(Swimmer)
Joseph Schooling
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 9 
JJ Lin
(Singaporean Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Known for His Album ‘Music Voyager’)
JJ Lin
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries

Singaporean singer, songwriter, record-producer and actor JJ Lin launched his career in music with the album Music Voyager that won him Best New Artist award at the 15th Golden Melody Awards. Moving on, Lin spawned other award-winning albums like Westside and Stories Untold. Lin has his own fashion-line, SMUDGE, and has featured in commercials for brands like Beats and Sprite.    

 10 
Halimah Yacob
(8th President of Singapore)
Halimah Yacob
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo

Singaporean politician and former lawyer Halimah Yacob is the eighth and incumbent President of Singapore.  She ran for the 2017 presidential election as an independent and won an uncontested election thus becoming the first female President of Singapore. She earlier served as Member of Parliament during 2001-17 as member of People's Action Party and also as parliament Speaker during 2013-17.   

 11 
Julia Nickson-Soul
(Singaporean–American Actress Known for Starring in Films Like ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’, 'Double Dragon')
Julia Nickson-Soul
3
Birthdate: September 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo

Singaporean–American actress Julia Nickson rose to prominence starring in the 1985 blockbuster-hit Sylvester Stallone film Rambo: First Blood Part II. Other notable works of Nickson includes starring in the films Ethan Mao and Half-Life; and as Princess Aouda opposite Pierce Brosnan and Eric Idle in the three-part TV-miniseries Around the World in 80 Days that garnered three Emmy nominations. 

 12 
Vanessa-Mae
(British Violinist)
Vanessa-Mae
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 13 
Tila Tequila
(Television and Social Media Personality Known for Her Show ‘A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila’)
Tila Tequila
29
Birthdate: October 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Social media personality, Tila Tequila, first gained fame for becoming the most popular person on Myspace. Her popularity on social media platforms paved the way for a TV show appearance. She also takes up modeling assignments. She invited criticism for supporting Adolf Hitler in a TV show and for posting antisemitic comments on her Facebook page. 

 14 
Aloysius Pang
(Singaporean Actor)
Aloysius Pang
5
Birthdate: August 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 24, 2019

Aloysius Pang was a Singaporean actor best remembered for his association with multiple Mediacorp dramas. In 2015, he was honored with the Star Award for Best Newcomer. Aloysius Pang died at the age of 28 while training as part of the Singapore Army.

 15 
Goh Chok Tong
(2nd Prime Minister of Singapore (1990 - 2004))
Goh Chok Tong
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus

Goh Chok Tong is a Singaporean former politician best known for his service as the second Prime Minister of Singapore from 28 November 1990 to 12 August 2004. An important politician, Goh also served as the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Defence, Minister for Health, and Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore during his illustrious career.

 16 
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
(Singaporean Economist, Politician and a Senior Minister)
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Tharman Shanmugaratnam is a Singaporean economist and politician. He is the current Senior Minister of Singapore and the Coordinating Minister for Social Policies. He is also the current Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. An influential politician, Tharman Shanmugaratnam has also held important positions like the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance, and Minister for Education in Singapore.

 17 
Ruth Langsford
(Television presenter)
Ruth Langsford
2
Birthdate: March 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
 18 
Fann Wong
(Singaporean Model, Actress, and Singer)
Fann Wong
5
Birthdate: January 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Fann Wong is a Singaporean model, actress, and singer. She is regarded as one of MediaCorp's top actresses in Singapore's Chinese-language film and TV industry. In 1995, Fann Wong became the first actress to receive three major awards in the same Star Awards: Top 5 Most Popular Female Artiste, Best Actress, and Best Newcomer.

 19 
Tony Tan
(7th President of Singapore)
Tony Tan
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Tony Tan is a Singaporean politician who served as the 7th president of Singapore from 2011 to 2017. Previously, he served as the 5th deputy prime minister from 1995 till 2005. As the president, he implemented steps to promote a more active civil society. The Foreign Policy Association awarded him a medal for "outstanding leadership and service" in 2011. 

 20 
Ho Ching
(Businesswoman, Philanthropist and Wife of Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore)
Ho Ching
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries

Ho Ching is a Singaporean businesswoman and the current director of Temasek Trust. She is married to Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore. In 2014, she was inducted into the Singapore Women's Hall of Fame. In 2020, Ho Ching was named in the world's most powerful women list by Forbes magazine.

 21 
K. Shanmugam
(Singaporean Minister for Home Affairs)
K. Shanmugam
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries

K. Shanmugam is a Singaporean politician and the current Minister for Home Affairs as well as the Minister for Law. A prominent politician, Shanmugam also served as the Second Minister for Home Affairs from 1 April 2009 to 1 November 2010 and as the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 21 May 2011 to 30 September 2015.

 22 
Tony Anholt
(Actor)
Tony Anholt
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Birthdate: January 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 26, 2002
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 23 
Chee Soon Juan
(General Secretary of the 'Singapore Democratic Party')
Chee Soon Juan
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer

Chee Soon Juan is a Singaporean politician and the current Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party. Notorious for his unconventional political activities, Chee has been jailed several times. Prior to his entry into politics in 1992, Chee Soon Juan was working at the National University of Singapore as a lecturer.

 24 
Meg Lanning
(Cricket Top-order Batter)
Meg Lanning
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 25 
Jeanette Aw
(Singaporean Actress, Writer, Filmmaker, and Businesswoman)
Jeanette Aw
2
Birthdate: June 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer

Jeanette Aw is a Singaporean actress, writer, filmmaker, and businesswoman. She achieved widespread fame in 2008 when she landed the leading role of Huang Juxiang in the popular drama serial The Little Nyonya. Thanks to her successful television career, Jeanette Aw is regarded as one of the most famous and high-profile celebrities in Singapore. 

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Aaron Aziz
(Singaporean Actor, Film Director and Singer)
Aaron Aziz
3
Birthdate: February 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces

Aaron Aziz is a Singaporean actor, film director, and singer. Apart from being popular in Singapore, Aziz is also famous in places like Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brunei, and India. Aaron Aziz is a household name in Malaysia, thanks to his appearances in popular TV shows like Fear Factor Malaysia.  

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Rebecca Lim
(Singaporean Actress and Model)
Rebecca Lim
4
Birthdate: September 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra

Rebecca Lim is a Singaporean actress and model. Apart from being a popular actress, Rebecca has also posed for many fashion magazines. Over the course of her career, Rebecca Lim has won several prestigious awards such as Asian Television Awards, ELLE Singapore Awards, and Star Awards.

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James Le Mesurier
(British Co-Founder of the 'White Helmets', a Volunteer Civil Defence Organisation)
James Le Mesurier
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 11, 2019

James Le Mesurier was an English Army officer who was stationed in Yugoslavia where he was a member of the UN peacekeeping force. He is best remembered as the British co-founder of a volunteer civil defence organization called White Helmets, which was formed during the Syrian Civil War in southern Turkey in 2014.

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Ong Teng Cheong
(5th President of Singapore (1993 - 1999))
Ong Teng Cheong
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 8, 2002

Ong Teng Cheong was a Singaporean architect and politician. He is known for his service as the fifth President of Singapore from 1 September 1993 to 31 August 1999. Ong Teng Cheong also held important ministerial positions; he served as the Minister for Labour from 1981 to 1983 and then as Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore from 1985 to 1993.

 30 
Prabal Gurung
(Fashion designer)
Prabal Gurung
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
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Fiona Xie
(Singaporean Variety Show Host and Actress)
Fiona Xie
4
Birthdate: January 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Fiona Xie is a Singaporean variety show host and actress. From 2001 to 2009, she was a full-time Mediacorp artiste; in 2006, she was named among the Seven Princesses of Mediacorp. In 2018, Fiona Xie landed a role in the American romantic comedy-drama film Crazy Rich Asians, becoming one of the first actresses from Singapore to break into Hollywood.

 32 
Rui En
(Singaporean Actress and One of the 'Seven Princesses of Mediacorp')
Rui En
2
Birthdate: January 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Rui En is a Singaporean actress who achieved popularity in 2006 when she was named among the Seven Princesses of Mediacorp. The recipient of several Star Awards, Rui En was also honored by the Nanyang Technological University with the prestigious Nanyang Outstanding Young People Award in 2007 for her achievements in the entertainment industry.

 33 
Stephanie Sun
(Singaporean Singer-Songwriter Is Immensely Popular in the Chinese-Speaking World)
Stephanie Sun
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo

Stephanie Sun is a Singaporean singer-songwriter who has achieved immense popularity in the Chinese-speaking world. Over the course of her career, Sun has sold over 30 million records. Stephanie Sun is best known for her debut album Yan Zi and her eighth album Stefanie; both the albums earned her a Golden Melody Award

 34 
Ng Eng Hen
(Singaporean Minister for Defence)
Ng Eng Hen
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Ng Eng Hen is a Singaporean politician and the current Minister for Defence. He has also held several other ministerial positions, including the Minister for Manpower from 12 August 2004 to 31 March 2008 and the Minister for Education from 1 April 2008 to 20 May 2011. Prior to his entry into politics, Ng worked at the Singapore General Hospital.

 35 
Josephine Teo
(Singaporean Second Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Communications and Information)
Josephine Teo
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer

Josephine Teo is a Singaporean politician and the current Minister for Communications and Information. She is also the current Second Minister for Home Affairs. An influential politician, Josephine Teo has also served as the Minister for Manpower, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Minister of State for Finance, and Minister of State for Transport.

 36 
Tan Cheng Bock
(Chairman of the 'Progress Singapore Party')
Tan Cheng Bock
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus

Tan Cheng Bock is a Singaporean medical practitioner and politician. He is the current Chairman of the Progress Singapore Party, which he founded with 11 other members in 2019. From 28 March 2019 to 31 March 2021, he served as the party's first Secretary-General. Also known for his philanthropic activities, Tan has been involved with organizations like Disabled People's Association.   

 37 
Carrie Wong
(Singaporean Actress Known for Starring in TV Dramas like ‘The Journey: Tumultuous Times’)
Carrie Wong
2
Birthdate: January 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Singaporean actress Carrie Wong was discovered through the Singaporean talent-scouting competition Hey Gorgeous where she finished as a runner up in 2013. She has starred in several television dramas, most notably in The Journey: Tumultuous Times, My Friends From Afar, and A Quest to Heal. Wong has so far won seven Top 10 Most Popular Artistes Awards on Star Awards.

 38 
Felicia Chin
(Actress)
Felicia Chin
2
Birthdate: October 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 39 
Joanne Peh
(Actress, who won her second Best Actress honor for her 2012 film A Tale of 2 Cities.)
Joanne Peh
1
Birthdate: April 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 40 
Astra Sharma
(Australian Professional Tennis Player)
Astra Sharma
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 41 
Gwendoline Yeo
(For her role as Xiao-Mei in Desperate Housewives, Sun Fu in the film Broken Trail)
Gwendoline Yeo
0
Birthdate: July 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 42 
Kong Hee
(Singaporean Senior Pastor of City Harvest Church)
Kong Hee
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
 43 
Yeule
(Songwriter)
Yeule
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Jade Rasif
(DJ)
Jade Rasif
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 21, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 45 
Leslie Charteris
(British-Chinese Author of Adventure Fiction)
Leslie Charteris
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 12, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 15, 1993

Born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, to a Chinese father and an English mother in Singapore, Leslie Charteris later changed his name and ventured into writing. He is best remembered for his iconic character Simon Templar from the Saint series that was later adapted for both the big and the small screens.

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Adam Khoo
(Entrepreneur)
Adam Khoo
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries

A self-made business tycoon, Singaporean entrepreneur Adam Khoo had become a millionaire at 26. The founder of one of Asia’s biggest education and training groups, he also owns an online trading school. He has penned countless bestselling books, has held seminars worldwide, and is the most-watched YouTube trading mentor.

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Tan See Leng
(Singaporean Politician)
Tan See Leng
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Tan See Leng is a Singaporean politician best known for his service as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Office from 27 July 2020 to 14 May 2021. He is the current Minister for Manpower as well as the Second Minister for Trade and Industry. Tan See Leng also served as the Second Minister for Manpower from 2020 to 2021.

 48 
Paige Chua
(Actress)
Paige Chua
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Birthdate: June 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 49 
Ibrahim of Johor
(Malaysian king)
Ibrahim of Johor
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Birthdate: September 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 8, 1959
 50 
Chef Wan
(Chef)
Chef Wan
1
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: January 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn