Singaporean

Singapore, a leading global city in Southeast Asia, is a global commerce, financial and transportation hub. Founded as a trading post of the East India Company in early 19th century, the nation became independent from Britain in 1963. Singaporeans, hailing from diverse backgrounds worked diligently to make their nation a fast developing one despite the fact that Singapore is not rich in natural resources. Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore, became its Prime Minister upon independence and led its underdeveloped economy to rapid industrialization and growth within a few years. Singaporean military is arguably the most technologically advanced in Southeast Asia, and has produced several highly efficient officers like Ng Jui Ping, Bey Soo Khiang, and Desmond Kuek who were instrumental in further strengthening the military force. Culturally rich with the influence of Asian and European traditions, Singapore has a diverse music culture that ranges from rock and pop to folk and classical, with Fann Wong, Tanya Chua and Elsa Lin being prominent singers. Singaporeans are also known for their rich heritage in creative writing in the Malay, English, Chinese, Tamil and other languages. Read on to discover about the life and works of famous Singaporeans.

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 1 Jet Li

Jet Li.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Jet Li is one of the most popular Asian actors to have made it big in the American film industry. A martial artist and former Wushu champion, he won a national championship before retiring from competitive Wushu to focus on his acting career. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jet Li is closely associated with the Red Cross Society of China.

 2 Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founding Father of Modern Singapore
Birthdate: September 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore, Straits Settlements
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.

 3 Tila Tequila

Tila Tequila.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore

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. 

 4 Kygo

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: DJ, Singer
Birthdate: September 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore
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.

 5 Ross Butler

Ross Butler.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Queenstown
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.

 6 Jackson Rathbone

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Famous As: Actor, Musician
Birthdate: December 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 7 Lee Hsien Loong

Lee Hsien Loong.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Third Prime Minister of Singapore
Birthdate: February 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

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. 

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 8 Gong Li

Gong Li.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Gong Li is best known for her roles in Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, The Story of Qiu Ju, and the live-action version of Mulan. She was the first Asian to head the jury at both the Berlin and Venice film festivals and served as a FAO goodwill ambassador.

 9 Joseph Schooling

Joseph Schooling
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Singapore

 10 Halimah Yacob

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queen Street, Singapore
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 11 Julia Nickson-Soul

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore

 12 Aloysius Pang

Aloysius Pang
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore
Died: January 24, 2019

 13 Tharman Shanmugaratnam

Tharman Shanmugaratnam
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 14 Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Singapore

 15 Pritam Singh

Pritam Singh
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Singapore

 16 JJ Lin

JJ Lin
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Singapore

 17 Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Singapore

 18 Ng Chin Han

Ng Chin Han
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 19 Ainan Celeste Cawley

Ainan Celeste Cawley
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Lecturer
Birthdate: November 23, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 20 Amos Yee

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Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: YouTube Personality, Blogger
Birthdate: October 31, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore

From uploading an image showing Margaret Thatcher having anal sex, to posting objectionable content on Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, blogger and YouTuber Amos Yee has done it all. Controversy’s favorite child Yee has, of late, been accused of exchanging sexually explicit messages and pictures with a 14-year-old girl.

 21 Ho Ching

Ho Ching
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: chief executive officer
Birthdate: May 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore

 22 Goh Chok Tong

Goh Chok Tong
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore

 23 Tony Tan

Tony Tan.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Seventh President of Singapore
Birthdate: February 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

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. 

 24 Rui En

Rui En
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 25 Pierre Png

Pierre Png
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore

 26 S. R. Nathan

S. R. Nathan
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Civil servant
Birthdate: July 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore
Died: August 22, 2016

 27 Chee Soon Juan

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Neuropsychologist, Politician
Birthdate: July 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore

 28 Josephine Teo

Josephine Teo
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore

 29 Fiona Xie

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 30 Lee Hsien Yang

Lee Hsien Yang
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Famous As: military personnel
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Singapore

 31 Raeesah Khan

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Member of the Parliament of Singapore
Birthdate: November 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore

 32 K. Shanmugam

K. Shanmugam
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: politician, lawyer
Birthdate: 1960 AD

 33 Jeanette Aw

Jeanette Aw
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore

 34 Aaron Aziz

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tampines, Singapore

 35 James Le Mesurier

James Le Mesurier
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: May 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: RAF Changi, Singapore
Died: November 11, 2019

 36 Lawrence Wong

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

 37 Devan Nair

Devan Nair
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Malacca City
Died: December 6, 2005

 38 Nathan Hartono

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Singapore

 39 Jade Rasif

Jade Rasif
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: January 21, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 40 Carrie Wong

Carrie Wong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore

 41 Rebecca Lim

Rebecca Lim
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Singapore

 42 Ranjini

Ranjini
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Singapore

 43 Christopher Lee

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

 44 Stephanie Sun

Stephanie Sun
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Singapore

 45 Anita Moorjani

Anita Moorjani
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Singapore

 46 Ong Teng Cheong

Ong Teng Cheong
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Architect, Politician
Birthdate: January 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Straits Settlements
Died: February 8, 2002

 47 He Ting Ru

He Ting Ru
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Singapore

 48 Tan Cheng Bock

Tan Cheng Bock
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore, Straits Settlements

 49 Eleanor Lee

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 12, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan

 50 Teo Chee Hean

Teo Chee Hean
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore