Famous People From Ethiopia

List of famous people from Ethiopia, 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 Ethiopia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Ethiopia 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 Ethiopia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List ranges from Noah Samara to Yemrehana Krestos and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Ethiopia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Ethiopia?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • Haile Selassie
    Dec. at 83 (1892-1975)
    • Birthplace: Ejersa Goro, Ethiopia
    Haile Selassie I (Ge'ez: ቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ሥላሴ, romanized: qädamawi haylä səllasé, Amharic pronunciation: [ˈhaɪlə sɨlˈlase] (listen); born Lij Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael; 23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975) was ...more
  • Abraham Verghese

    Abraham Verghese

    Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Africa, Ethiopia
    Abraham Verghese (born 1955) is an American physician, author, Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of ...more
  • Siad Barre

    Siad Barre

    Dec. at 75 (1919-1995)
    • Birthplace: Garbahaareey, Somalia
    Jaalle Mohamed Siad Barre (Somali: Jaale Maxamed Siyaad Barre; Arabic: محمد سياد بري‎; October 6, 1919 – January 2, 1995) was a Somali politician who served as the President of the Somali Democratic ...more
    • Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Julie Mehretu (born 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is a contemporary visual artist, well known for her multi-layered paintings of abstracted landscapes on a large scale. Her paintings, drawings, and ...more
  • Wilfred Thesiger
    Dec. at 93 (1910-2003)
    • Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger (3 June 1910 – 24 August 2003), also known by his Arabic name Mubarak bin London (Arabic: مُبَارَك بِن لَنْدَن‎, the blessed one of London) was a British military ...more
    • Birthplace: Jimma, Ethiopia
    Mulatu Astatke (Amharic: ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ; French pronunciation: Astatqé; born 19 December 1943) is an Ethiopian musician and arranger considered as the father of Ethio-jazz. Born in the western Ethiopian ...more