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List of famous people from Colombia, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Colombia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Colombia you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Colombia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Sofía Vergara is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Sofía Vergara age 44 - Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, comedienne, producer, television host, model and businesswoman. Vergara was widely known for co-hosting two television ...more

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Andrés Escobar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Andrés Escobar Died at 27 (1967-1994) - Andrés Escobar Saldarriaga was a Colombian footballer who played as a defender. He played for Atlético Nacional, BSC Young Boys, and the Colombia national team. Escobar was ...more

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Álvaro Gómez Hurtado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Álvaro Gómez Hurtado Died at 76 (1919-1995) - Álvaro Gómez Hurtado was a Colombian lawyer, politician, journalist and active member of the Colombian Conservative Party. Gómez was a son of the former President of ...more

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Rafael Uribe Uribe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Rafael Uribe Uribe Died at 55 (1859-1914) - Rafael Victor Zenón Uribe Uribe was a Colombian lawyer, journalist, and general in the liberal party rebel army. Uribe Uribe is best known for his political ideas in favor of the ...more

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Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa Died at 34 (1956-1990) - Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa was a Colombian politician and member of the Colombian Communist Party. Jaramillo started working primarily in the Urabá Antioquia region until 1987 when he ...more

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Alex Angarita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Alex Angarita age 38 - Alex Angarita is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Fiji.

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Maria Checa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Maria Checa age 46 - Maria Checa is a Colombian-American model and actress. She is Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for August 1994. Her centerfold was photographed by Richard Fegley. Checa, who moved with ...more

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Adriana Arboleda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Adriana Arboleda age 37 - Adriana Arboleda is a Colombian model and presenter.

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Juan Manuel Santos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Juan Manuel Santos age 65 - Juan Manuel Santos Calderón is the 32nd and current President of Colombia, in office since 2010. He was Minister of Defence from 2006 to 2009. An economist by profession and a journalist ...more

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Gustavo Rojas Pinilla is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Died at 75 (1900-1975) - Gustavo Rojas Pinilla was the 19th President of Colombia from June 1953 to May 1957. An Army General, he mounted a successful coup d'état against the incumbent President, Laureano ...more

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Lisa Daniels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Lisa Daniels age 39 - Lisa A. Daniels is a Colombian model and pornographic actress. She began appearing in adult films in 2005 at the age of around 28. A character in the South Park episode "Major Boobage" ...more

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Belisario Betancur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Belisario Betancur age 94 - Belisario Betancur Cuartas is a former Colombian politician and the 26th President of Colombia from 1982 to 1986. He is the member of the Colombian Conservative Party.

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Lina Marulanda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Lina Marulanda Died at 30 (1980-2010) - Lina Marulanda was a Colombian television personality and model.

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Andrea Rincon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Colombia
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Álvaro Uribe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Álvaro Uribe age 64 - Álvaro Uribe Vélez is a Colombian politician who served as the 31st President of Colombia from 2002 to 2010. In 2012 Uribe and a group of political allies founded the Democratic ...more

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Alfonso López Pumarejo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Alfonso López Pumarejo Died at 73 (1886-1959) - Alfonso López Pumarejo was a two-time Colombian president and political figure, as a member of the Colombian Liberal Party. He served as president of Colombia for the first time between ...more

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Ramón González Valencia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Ramón González Valencia Died at 77 (1851-1928) - Ramón González Valencia was a Colombian conservative, military officer and statesman. He participated in the civil wars of 1876, Colombian Civil War of 1895, and the Thousand Days

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Alberto Lleras Camargo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Alberto Lleras Camargo Died at 84 (1906-1990) - Alberto Lleras Camargo was the 20th President of Colombia, and the 1st Secretary General of the Organization of American States. A journalist and liberal party politician, he also served as ...more

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Andrés Pastrana Arango is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Andrés Pastrana Arango age 62 - Andrés Pastrana Arango was the 30th President of Colombia from 1998 to 2002, following in the footsteps of his father, Misael Pastrana Borrero, who was president from 1970 to 1974.

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Doris Salcedo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Doris Salcedo age 59 - Doris Salcedo is a Colombian-born sculptor. Salcedo completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Universidad de Bogotá, Jorge Tadeo Lozano in 1980, before traveling to New York, where she ...more

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Rafael Núñez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Rafael Núñez Died at 69 (1825-1894) - Rafael Wenceslao Núñez Moledo was a Colombian author, lawyer, journalist and politician, who was elected President of Colombia in 1880 and in 1884. Rafael Núñez was ...more

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Francisco Javier Zaldúa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Francisco Javier Zaldúa Died at 71 (1811-1882) - Francisco Javier Martínez de Zaldúa y Racines was a Colombian, lawyer and politician, elected President of Colombia in 1882.

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Pedro Nel Ospina Vázquez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Pedro Nel Ospina Vázquez Died at 69 (1858-1927) - Pedro Nel Ignacio Tomás de Villanueva Ospina Vásquez was a Colombian General and political figure. He served as president of Colombia between 1922 and 1926.

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Fabio Valencia Cossio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Fabio Valencia Cossio age 67 - Fabio Valencia Cossio (nacido en Medellín, Antioquia, el 23 de marzo de 1948) es un abogado y político colombiano. Es bachiller del Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, de los jesuitas y ...more

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Carlos Lleras Restrepo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Carlos Lleras Restrepo Died at 86 (1908-1994) - Carlos Alberto Lleras Restrepo was the 22nd President of Colombia from 1966 to 1970.

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Jorge Holguín is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Jorge Holguín Died at 80 (1848-1928) - Jorge Marcelo Holguín Mallarino was a Colombian politician and military officer, two time Acting President of Colombia: June–August 1909 as interim president, and from November 1921 to ...more

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Jesús Montero is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Jesús Montero age 27 - Jesús Alejandro Montero Lopez is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher and first baseman for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. He debuted in MLB with the New York ...more

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Rigoberto Urán is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Rigoberto Urán age 28 - Rigoberto Urán Urán, ODB is a Colombian professional road racing cyclist, currently riding for UCI World Tour team Etixx-Quick Step. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he won a silver ...more

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Teresa Román Vélez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Teresa Román Vélez age 90 - Teresita Román de Zurek is a Colombian writer and chef.

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Laureano Gómez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Laureano Gómez Died at 76 (1889-1965) - Laureano Eleuterio Gómez Castro was the 18th President of Colombia from 1950 to 1953. In November 1951, poor health led him to cede presidential power to Roberto Urdaneta Arbelaez. On ...more

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Mariano Ospina Pérez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Mariano Ospina Pérez Died at 85 (1891-1976) - Luis Mariano Ospina Pérez commonly known as Mariano Ospina Pérez, was a Colombian politician and a member of the Colombian Conservative Party. He served as the 17th President of ...more

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Rodrigo García is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Rodrigo García age 57 - Rodrigo García Barcha is a Colombian television and film director, screenwriter and former cinematographer, best known for his films Mother and Child, Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs, Last Days ...more

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Margarita Pagliai is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Colombia

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Rafael Reyes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Rafael Reyes Died at 72 (1849-1921) - José Gregorio Ambrosio Rafael Reyes Prieto was Chief of Staff of the Colombian National Army and President of Colombia.

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Marco Fidel Suárez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Marco Fidel Suárez Died at 72 (1855-1927) - Marco Fidel Suárez was a Colombian political figure. He served as president of Colombia from 1918 to 1921. He was born on April 23, 1855, in the town of Hatoviejo, Antioquia. His parents ...more

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Antonio Rivas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Antonio Rivas age 67 - Antonio Rivas Padilla is a Colombian accordion player. He has gotten to know many of the great masters of the Vallenato's folklore such as Alejendro Duran; Abel Antonio Villa; Mariano Perez; ...more

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Gustavo Petro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Gustavo Petro age 56 - Gustavo Francisco Petro Urrego, is a Colombian politician and economist, and current mayor of the capital city of Bogota. In his youth, he was a member of the militant guerrilla group 19th of ...more

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Andrés Useche is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Andrés Useche age 38 - Andrés Useche is an award-winning Colombian American writer, film director, graphic artist, singer-songwriter and activist.

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Gabriel París Gordillo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Gabriel París Gordillo Died at 98 (1910-2008) - Gabriel París Gordillo was President of Colombia from May 1957 to August 1958 as Chairman of the Colombian Military Junta Government following the 1957 Coup d'état.

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Joe Arroyo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Joe Arroyo Died at 56 (1955-2011) - Álvaro José Arroyo González was a Colombian salsa and tropical music singer, composer and songwriter. Considered one of the greatest performers of Caribbean music in his

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Fernando Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Fernando Vallejo age 74 - Fernando Vallejo Rendón is a novelist, filmmaker and essayist, born in Colombia. He obtained Mexican nationality in 2007. Vallejo was born and raised in Medellín, though he left ...more

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Roberto Urdaneta Arbeláez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Roberto Urdaneta Arbeláez Died at 82 (1890-1972) - Roberto Urdaneta Arbeláez was a Colombian Conservative party politician who served as President of Colombia from November 1951 until June 1953, while President Laureano Gómez was ...more

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Nina Garcia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Nina Garcia age 50 - Nina García, is a Colombian fashion journalist and critic who has held the post of Fashion Director at Elle and Marie Claire magazines, and has been a judge on the Lifetime reality ...more

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Francisco Santos Calderón is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Francisco Santos Calderón age 54 - Francisco Santos Calderón also known as Pacho Santos born 14 August 1961 in the city of Bogotá, is a Colombian politician and journalist. Santos was elected as Álvaro ...more

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Francisco José de Caldas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Francisco José de Caldas Died at 48 (1768-1816) - Francisco José de Caldas was a Colombian lawyer, naturalist, and geographer who was executed by orders of Pablo Morillo during the Reconquista for being a precursor of the Independence of

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Antanas Mockus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Antanas Mockus age 63 - Aurelijus Rūtenis Antanas Mockus Šivickas is a Colombian mathematician, philosopher, and politician. He has a master degree in philosophy from the Colombian University, Universidad Nacional de ...more

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Gustavo Bell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Gustavo Bell age 58 - Gustavo Adolfo Bell Lemus is the current Ambassador of Colombia to Cuba. A lawyer, economist and historian, he served as the seventh Vice President of Colombia between 1998 and 2002 under the ...more

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Gerardo Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Gerardo Giraldo age 40 - Gerardo Giraldo is a film score composer, music producer and guitarist.

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Hugo Angel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Colombia
Hugo Angel age 62 - PROFESIONAL:I'm Hugo Angel a Colombian Electronics Engineer from the old school that still enjoys hacking both hardware and software. Jointly with the late and remembered Alejandro Henao, ...more

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María Lucía Fernández is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Colombia
María Lucía Fernández age 47 - María Lucía Fernández is a Colombian journalist and news presenter. She worked as a model in her teens to afford her studies in Social Communication at the Pontificia ...more