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Venezuela is a country famous for its amalgamation of rich, diverse and complex cultures that has been influenced by the original Venezuelan natives to the Spanish and Africans who arrived after the Spanish conquest. Venezuelan art, enriched by the likes of painters Francisco Arturo Michelena Castillo, Antonio Herrera Toro, and Martín Tovar y Tovar is famous worldwide. Also known for its beautiful buildings and churches, the nation has been the homeland of prominent architects including Carlos Raúl Villanueva who designed the Central University of Venezuela—a World Heritage Site. Venezuelan literature which saw rapid development following the War of Independence was dominated by noted writers like Rómulo Gallegos, Teresa de la Parra, Arturo Uslar Pietri, Adriano González León, and Miguel Otero Silva. Indigenous music in the nation has gained much popularity in the modern times thanks to the efforts of singers and musicians like Pedro Elías Gutiérrez, Iván Pérez Rossi, and Rafael Bolívar Coronado. Venezuela is also home to numerous beautiful and talented women who have done their nation proud by winning several international beauty pageants like Miss Universe and Miss World. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Venezuelans.
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 1 
Simon Bolivar
(Revolutionary & Military Leader)
Simon Bolivar
25
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 24, 1783
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Died: December 17, 1830
After losing his parents as a child, Simon Bolivar also lost his Spanish wife to yellow fever later and thus decided to devote himself to politics. He was the first president of Gran Colombia and Bolivia, and also led Peru and Venezuela in their fight for freedom, against Spain.
 2 
Miguel Cabrera
(Venezuelan Professional Baseball First Baseman and Designated Hitter)
Miguel Cabrera
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela

Miguel Cabrera is a Venezuelan baseball player who currently plays for the Detroit Tigers of MLB. An 11-time MLB All-Star, Cabrera claimed the MLB Triple Crown in 2012, becoming the first player to achieve the feat in 45 seasons. He has also won two American League MVP awards among other honors since his debut in 2003.

 3 
Edgar Ramirez
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Birthdate: March 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Cristóbal, Táchira San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela
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 4 
Lele Pons
(Viner, YouTuber)
Lele Pons
35
Birthdate: July 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Lele Pons is one of the many internet stars who started their journey on the now-defunct service, Vine. After becoming the first person to reach one billion loops on Vine, Pons started branching out and created comedy sketches for YouTube. She has since used her popularity to establish herself in the mainstream entertainment industry, appearing in films and TV series.

 5 
Juan Guaidó
(Politician)
Juan Guaidó
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Guaira, Venezuela

Juan Guaidó is a Venezuelan politician who proclaimed himself the acting president of Venezuela with the support of the National Assembly. Since 2019, Guaidó has been influential in the ongoing Venezuelan presidential crisis, which started when the National Assembly refused to recognize Nicolas Maduro's inauguration to a second presidential term. In 2019, Guaidó was named in the Time 100 list.

 6 
Hugo Chavez
(Former President of Venezuela)
Hugo Chavez
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sabaneta, Venezuela
Died: March 5, 2013
Hugo Chavez was the president of Venezuela from 1999 till 2013. Though elected for another term, he died of complications due to cancer before being sworn in. He is remembered for his involvement in the MBR-200 and for establishing the Fifth Republic Movement. His policies are known as “Chavismo.”
 7 
Jose Altuve
(Baseball player)
Jose Altuve
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
 8 
Ronald Acuña Jr.
(Baseball Outfielder)
Ronald Acuña Jr.
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: La Guaira, Venezuela
 9 
Santiago Cabrera
10
Birthdate: May 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
 10 
Patricia Velásquez
(Venezuelan actress and model, most well-known for her portrayal of Anck-su-namun in the film The Mummy and The Mummy Returns)
Patricia Velásquez
2
Birthdate: January 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maracaibo, Venezuela

Patricia Velásquez is a Venezuelan model and actress best known for playing Anck-su-namun in The Mummy (1999). A former beauty queen, Velásquez took part in the Miss Venezuela 1989 contest. Patricia Velásquez is also a humanitarian; she earned the Women Together award in 2009 for her work with UNESCO. She also runs a non-profit organization called The Wayuu Taya Foundation.

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Salomón Rondón
(Football player)
Salomón Rondón
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
 12 
Gustavo Dudamel
(Grammy-Winning Venezuelan Conductor and Violinist Who Has Directed the Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Gustavo Dudamel
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barquisimeto, Venezuela

The son of a trombonist, Venezuelan musician Gustavo Dudamel took to music at age 5 and grew up to be a popular conductor/violinist. He has served as a director of some of the major global orchestras, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Grammy winner has also appeared in several TV programs.

 13 
Felix Hernandez
(Baseball player)
Felix Hernandez
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
 14 
Alicia Machado
2
Birthdate: December 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela
 15 
Pablo Sandoval
(Baseball player)
Pablo Sandoval
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
 16 
Carlos the Jackal
(Mercenary, Terrorist)
Carlos the Jackal
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Birthdate: October 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Caracas
 17 
Carolina Herrera
(Venezuelan Fashion Designer Known for Her Elegance and for Dressing Various First Ladies)
Carolina Herrera
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Born into an affluent political family of Caracas, Carolina Herrera was introduced to fashion by her socialite grandmother. The Venezuelan-American designer, who owns a luxury clothing line and a fragrance line, is known for dressing up celebrities and eminent personalities such as Michelle Obama and Renee Zellweger. 
 18 
Rougned Odor
(Baseball player)
Rougned Odor
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maracaibo, Venezuela
 19 
Salvador Perez
(Baseball player)
Salvador Perez
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
 20 
Josef Martínez
(Football player)
Josef Martínez
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
 21 
Gleyber Torres
(Baseball player)
Gleyber Torres
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 13, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
 22 
Rafael de La Fuente
(Television actor, Singer, Actor, Film actor)
Rafael de La Fuente
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Birthdate: November 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Caracas
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Mónica Spear
(Model, Actress)
Mónica Spear
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maracaibo
Died: January 6, 2014

Actor-model Mónica Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela 2004 and later participated in the Miss Universe pageant, too. She and her former husband were murdered in their car while on a vacation with their 5-year-old daughter in Venezuela, in an attempted robbery after their car broke down.

 24 
Pastor Maldonado
(Racing driver)
Pastor Maldonado
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maracay
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Carlos Bacca
(Colombian Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Carlos Bacca
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Puerto Colombia, Colombia

Carlos Bacca is a Colombian football player who represented the Colombia national football team from 2010 to 2018. He was part of the team that won the bronze medal at the Copa América Centenario in 2016. He also represented the team at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups. Carlos Bacca is renowned for his pace, aggression, strength, and concentration.

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Omar Vizquel
(Baseball player)
Omar Vizquel
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
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Gaby Espino
(Actor, Model)
Gaby Espino
2
Birthdate: November 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Caracas
 28 
Johan Santana
(Baseball pitcher)
Johan Santana
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tovar, Mérida, Venezuela
 29 
Garbine Muguruza
(Tennis player)
Garbine Muguruza
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
 30 
Sebastian Gutierrez
(Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer)
Sebastian Gutierrez
2
Birthdate: September 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Caracas

Sebastian Gutierrez is a Venezuelan screenwriter and filmmaker known for writing the screenplays of popular movies like The Eye, Snakes on a Plane, and Gothika. He is also credited with creating, writing, and directing the crime drama television series, Jett. Sebastian Gutierrez also received critical acclaim for directing the 1998 crime thriller movie Judas Kiss, which marked his directorial debut.

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Henri Charrière
(French Memoirist, Convicted As a Murderer, Known for His Autobiographical Books ‘Papillon’ and ‘Banco’)
Henri Charrière
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Birthdate: November 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Étienne-de-Lugdarès, France
Died: July 29, 1973
 32 
Sonya Smith
(Actress)
Sonya Smith
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Birthdate: April 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
 33 
Ricardo Montaner
(One of the Best-Selling Latin Music Artists)
Ricardo Montaner
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valentín Alsina

Latin Grammy-winning Argentine-Venezuelan singer Ricardo Montaner is considered one of the most successful Latin music artists ever. Apart from releasing hit tracks such as Tan Enamorados, he also appeared in the Latin soap Niña Bonita. He has also been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and owns a charity.

 34 
Willson Contreras
(Baseball catcher)
Willson Contreras
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela
 35 
Andrew Divoff
(Actor Known for Portraying the Evil Djinn in the First Two Wishmaster Movies)
Andrew Divoff
1
Birthdate: July 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Tome, Venezuela
 36 
Dayana Mendoza
(Model, Beauty pageant contestant)
Dayana Mendoza
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Caracas
 37 
Chiquinquirá Delgado
(Actor, Model)
Chiquinquirá Delgado
2
Birthdate: August 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maracaibo
 38 
Felipe Vázquez
(Baseball player)
Felipe Vázquez
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Felipe, Yaracuy, Venezuela
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Edwin Valero
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mérida, Venezuela
Died: April 19, 2010
 40 
Devendra Banhart
(American Singer-Songwriter and Visual Artist and a Pioneer of Psychedelic Folk Music)
Devendra Banhart
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Born in the US, to a Venezuelan mother and an American father, American singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart grew up to be a major pillar of the New Weird America movement of psychedelic folk music. He is known for his lo-fi recordings and is also a talented visual artist who experiments with mixed media.

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Ozzie Guillen
(Former Baseballer shortstop)
Ozzie Guillen
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela
 42 
Jacqueline Saburido
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Birthdate: December 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caracas
 43 
Jorge Linares
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barinas, Venezuela
 44 
Adrián Ramos
(Colombian Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Adrián Ramos
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santander de Quilichao

Adrián Ramos is a Colombian football player who has been playing for the Colombia national football team since 2008. He has played for the national team in important tournaments like the FIFA World Cup and Copa América. Adrián Ramos is also currently a part of América de Cali.

 45 
Gabriela Spanic
(Actor, Model, Q17274366)
Gabriela Spanic
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Birthdate: December 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ortiz, Guárico
 46 
Francisco de Miranda
(Venezuelan Revolutionary and Military Leader)
Francisco de Miranda
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 28, 1750
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Died: July 14, 1816

Francisco de Miranda was a Venezuelan revolutionary and military leader. He is considered a predecessor of Simón Bolívar, who liberated much of South America during the Spanish American wars of independence. Miranda is best remembered for his role in three major political movements of his time: the French Revolution, the American Revolutionary War, and the Spanish American Wars of Independence. 

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Kimberly Dos Ramos
(Television presenter, Actor, Singer, Model)
Kimberly Dos Ramos
2
Birthdate: April 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Caracas
 48 
Willians Astudillo
(Baseball player)
Willians Astudillo
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barcelona, Venezuela
 49 
Karen Hauer
(Latin Dancer Best Known for Her Appearances on the British TV Series ‘Strictly Come Dancing’)
Karen Hauer
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Birthdate: April 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela

Karen Hauer is a Venezuelan Latin dance specialist. She has appeared on popular television dance competition series, such as Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance. In 2018, Karen Hauer announced that she would be performing and teaching at Donahey's Dancing with The Stars Weekends. She is currently one of the most popular dancers from Venezuela.

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Bobby Abreu
(Baseball player)
Bobby Abreu
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Turmero, Aragua State, Venezuela