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 
Lee Kuan Yew
(Founding Father of Modern Singapore)

Lee Kuan Yew
16
Listed In: Leaders
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.

 2 
Gong Li
(Actress)

Gong Li
12
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.

 3 
Lee Hsien Loong
(Third Prime Minister of Singapore)

Lee Hsien Loong
10
Listed In: Leaders
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. 

 4 

Joseph Schooling
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Singapore

 5 
JJ Lin
(Singer)

JJ Lin
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Singapore

 6 

Julia Nickson-Soul
2
Birthdate: September 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore

 7 

Joseph Prince
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore
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 8 

Aloysius Pang
2
Birthdate: August 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore
Died: January 24, 2019

 9 
Goh Chok Tong
(Politician)

Goh Chok Tong
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore

 10 
Loh Kean Yew
(Badminton player)

Loh Kean Yew
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
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 11 

Tharman Shanmugaratnam
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 12 
Halimah Yacob
(Politician)

Halimah Yacob
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queen Street, Singapore

 13 
Fiona Xie
(Actress)

Fiona Xie
1
Birthdate: January 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 14 

Ng Chin Han
2
Birthdate: November 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 15 
Ho Ching
(Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings)

Ho Ching
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Singapore

 16 

Lawrence Wong
2
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia

 17 
James Le Mesurier
(Military officer)

James Le Mesurier
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: RAF Changi, Singapore
Died: November 11, 2019

 18 
K. Shanmugam
(Minister for Law of Singapore)

K. Shanmugam
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Singapore

 19 
Rui En
(Actress)

Rui En
1
Birthdate: January 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 20 
Rebecca Lim
(Actress)

Rebecca Lim
1
Birthdate: September 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Singapore

 21 
Jeanette Aw
(Contracted MediaCorp actress who became known for her roles in Singaporean TV drama series such as The Shaolin Warriors)

Jeanette Aw
1
Birthdate: June 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore

 22 
Tony Tan
(President of Singapore (2011-17))

Tony Tan
3
Listed In: Leaders
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. 

 23 
Pierre Png
(Actor)

Pierre Png
2
Birthdate: October 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore

 24 
Aaron Aziz
(Actor)

Aaron Aziz
1
Birthdate: February 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tampines, Singapore

 25 
Melissa Chen
(Journalist)

Melissa Chen
3
Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Singapore

 26 
S. R. Nathan
(Politician, Diplomat, Civil servant)

S. R. Nathan
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore
Died: August 22, 2016

 27 
Fann Wong
(Actress)

Fann Wong
2
Birthdate: January 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 28 
Devan Nair
(Former President of Singapore)

Devan Nair
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Malacca, Straits Settlements
Died: December 6, 2005

 29 
Chee Soon Juan
(2nd Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party)

Chee Soon Juan
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore

 30 

Jade Rasif
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 21, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 31 
Ong Teng Cheong
(Architect, Politician)

Ong Teng Cheong
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Straits Settlements
Died: February 8, 2002

 32 
Tan Cheng Bock
(Politician)

Tan Cheng Bock
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore, Straits Settlements

 33 
Josephine Teo
(Politician)

Josephine Teo
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore

 34 
Stephanie Sun
(Singer-songwriter)

Stephanie Sun
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Singapore

 35 
Yumi Bai
(Musical artist)

Yumi Bai
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Singapore

 36 
Nathan Hartono
(Singer-songwriter)

Nathan Hartono
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Singapore

 37 
Carrie Wong
(Actress)

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

 38 

Anita Moorjani
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Singapore

 39 
Ranjini
(Actress)

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

Ranjini is a Singaporean actress best known for her work in Indian films, especially the Tamil and Malayalam film industries. Ranjini, who has also appeared in Telugu films, was the leading actress in Kollywood from 1985 to 1992. Apart from appearing in films, Ranjini also judged a couple of beauty pageants in Kerala, India.

 40 
Ng Eng Hen
(Politician, Physician)

Ng Eng Hen
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 41 
Eleanor Lee
(Actress)

Eleanor Lee
2
Birthdate: October 12, 1999
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan

 42 
Tan See Leng
(Member of the Parliament of Singapore)

Tan See Leng
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore

 43 
Felicia Chin
(Actress)

Felicia Chin
0
Birthdate: October 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore

 44 

Gurmit Singh
0
Birthdate: March 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Singapore, Malaysia

 45 

Christopher Lee
1
Birthdate: July 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Malacca, Malaysia

 46 
Teo Chee Hean
(Politician)

Teo Chee Hean
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore

 47 
Pritam Singh
(Politician, Lawyer)

Pritam Singh
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Singapore

 48 
Kevin Kwan
(Novelist)

Kevin Kwan
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Singapore

 49 

Ainan Celeste Cawley
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 23, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 50 
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
Birthplace: Singapore