Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A quick list of famous Lebanese (or of Lebanese descent) people (selected):

A quick list of famous Lebanese (or of Lebanese descent) people (selected):

Reem Acra - fashion designer
Elie Saab - fashion designer
Zuhail Murad - fashion designer

Business figures, Entrepreneurs
Carlos Slim Helu - World's richest man
Carlos Ghosn - (also known as Carlos Gaune, from the Lebanese "Ghosn" family), Lebanese Brazilian-born CEO and President of Renault and Nissan Motor, nicknamed the "Cost Cutter".
Al-Waleed bin Talal - Saudi Prince whose mother is Lebanese and the daughter of ex Prime Minister Riad as-Solh
Nicolas Hayek - 'Mr. Swatch', Chairman of the Swatch Group, the 'father of Swatch'and the man behind the concept of the Smart Car.
Jacques Nasser - ex-CEO of Ford Motors, born in Lebanon

Film, Theatre, Television, and Radio Personalities
Joseph Barbera & William Hanna - Hanna-Barbera (Lebanese pronunciation: Hannah & Berbere) Creators of the Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, Yogi Bear and many other world renowned cartoons
Shannon Elizabeth, (full name Shannon Elizabeth Fadal) actress with roles in American Pie (film) and Scary Movie
Lili Estefan, Cuban American television hostess, (niece of Emilio Estefan; Lebanese ancestry)
Jamie Farr, actor of M*A*S*H fame
Jack Hanna, host of the US hit television series "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures"
Salma Hayek, Mexican actress (Lebanese father and Mexican mother)
Wentworth Miller- television actor; stars in Prison Break
Omar Naim - Director of The Final Cut
Tom Shadyac, motion picture director
Tony Shalhoub, television and film actor
Amy Yasbeck, Lebanese-American film and television actress, widow of actor John Ritter
Vince Vaughn, actor
Nadine Labaki, actress/director

Assi Rahbani - Music Composer (Fairouz's husband)
David Yazbeck - Music composer who wrote the lyrics and score for The Full Monty
Emilio Estefan - Husband of Gloria Estefan, Cuban musician/producer (Lebanese parents)
Elias Rahbani - Music Composer (Mansour's youngest brother)
Fairouz, born Nouhad Haddad - singer
Frank Zappa - Former legend in the world of rock - A famous musician that played in a wide variety of music.
Guy Béart - French singer
Gabriel Yared - Academy Award winner (composer for The English patient) and Opera and cinematic music score composer.
Guy Manokian - Classical and Electronic music Composer and Pianist
Herbert Khaury - (Tiny Tim), singer, Ukulele player (Lebanese father)
Karl Wolf - (Karl Abou Samah) Canadian singer, songwriter and producer
K-Maro - Canadian rapper of Lebanese origin
Mika - Pop singer born in Beirut to a Lebanese mother.
Marwan Awad - 2 time Academy Award winner
Massari - Lebanese pop and hip-hop singer who grew up in Canada
Mansour Rahbani - Music composer (Assi's brother)
Matthieu Chedid - Lebanese-French Rock/Blues songwriter and singer
Paul Anka - Pop singer
Paul Jabara - Oscar winning composer for Last Dance from Thank God It's Friday
René Angélil - Music composer and manager. Husband of Celine Dion
Shakira - Colombian singer/songwriter, born Shakira Mebarak Chedid (Lebanese father from Zahle, Colombian mother of Catalan descent).
Soraya - American-Colombian-Lebanese singer/songwriter (Lebanese mother)
Tony Hajjar - At the Drive-In and Sparta drummer
Tiffany - The first teenage singer to have her first two singles both hit number one in the U.S.A
Wadih Safi - Musician and singer
Walid Akel - world acclaimed pianist
Zaki Nassif - musician and singer
Ziad Rahbani - Classical/Blues Music Composer and singer(Assi's and Fairouz's son)

Doctors, Scientists
Sir Michael Atiyah - (Lebanese British father) - mathematician, Fields Medal (1966), Abel Prize (2004)
Elias J. Corey - Chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1990)
Michael Ellis DeBakey - is a pioneering cardiovascular surgeon and researcher.
Georges Harik - former Director of Googlettes (department of Google Inc). His team was responsible for the product management and strategy efforts surrounding many starting Google initiatives including Gmail, Google Talk, Google Video, Picasa, Orkut, Google Groups and Google Mobile. Harik was also the co-developer of the technology behind AdSense, the first engineering manager of the Google Search Appliance, and the co-author of the original product plan for the AdWords Online system.
George Hatem - (Chinese name: Ma Haide) Lebanese-American physician who became Mao-Zedung's main doctor
Peter Medawar - Nobel Prize Physiology /Medicine 1960 for immune system. Brazilian born. British father Lebanese mother.

Writers & Journalists
Nidal Achkar - poetess
Said Akl - writer, poet, philosopher
George Salim Abi-Esber - Writer and poet (recipient of Lebanese president high order medal)
Dr Edward Alam - writer."Out OF The Shadows And Into Reality",Professor Of Philosophy at Notre Dane University.(Born in Utah , resides in Lebanon).
William Peter Blatty - writer, "The Exorcist"
Gibran Khalil Gibran - poet and writer, "The Prophet"
Elias Khoury - novelist
Amin Maalouf - writer, Prix Goncourt (1993)
Helen Thomas - White House correspondent and Dean of the White House Press Corps, covered eight US Presidents starting with John F. Kennedy in 1961

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love my country...

Thank you for putting together this nice blog.
Would be great if you can add more pictures to it so that people can connect with it better.

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