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Famous People From Libya

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

This list includes Safia Farkash, Yahia Shakmak and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Libya?" or "Which celebrities were born in Libya?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Eratosthenes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Libya

Birthplace: Cyrene, Libya

Eratosthenes of Cyrene (; Greek: Ἐρατοσθένης ὁ Κυρηναῖος, romanized: Eratosthénis o Kyrinaíos, IPA: [eratostʰénɛːs]; c. 276 BC – c. 195/194 BC) was a Greek polymath ...more

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Khaled Mattawa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Libya
Khaled Mattawa Age: 54

Birthplace: Benghazi, Libya

Khaled Mattawa (born 1964) is a Libyan poet, and a renowned Arab-American writer, he is also a leading literary translator, focusing on translating Arabic poetry into English. He works as an ...more
Hashem El-Serag is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Libya
Age: 53

Birthplace: Libya

Hashem B. El-Serag is a Palestinian-American physician and medical researcher best known for his research in liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and the hepatitis C virus. El-Serag was ...more
Abdurrahim El-Keib is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Libya
Age: 69

Birthplace: Sabratha, Zawiya, Libya

Abdurrahim Abdulhafiz El-Keib, PhD, is a Libyan politician, professor of electrical engineering, and entrepreneur who served as interim Prime Minister of Libya from 24 November 2011 to 14 ...more
Don Coscarelli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Libya
Age: 65

Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

Don Coscarelli Jr. (born February 17, 1954) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter best known for horror films. His credits include the Phantasm series, The Beastmaster, and ...more
Omar Mukhtar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Libya
Omar Mukhtar Dec. at 73 (1858-1931)

Birthplace: Cyrenaica

ʿOmar al-Mukhṭār Muḥammad bin Farḥāṭ al-Manifī (Arabic: عُمَر الْمُخْتَار مُحَمَّد بِن فَرْحَات الْمَنِفِي‎; 20 August 1858 – 16 September 1931), called The Lion of the Desert, known among the ...more
Callimachus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Libya
Callimachus

Birthplace: Cyrene, Libya

Callimachus (; Greek: Καλλίμαχος, Kallimakhos; c. 310/305–c. 240 BC) was a native of the Greek colony of Cyrene, Libya. He was a poet, critic and scholar at the Library of Alexandria and enjoyed ...more
Carneades is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Libya
Carneades Dec. at 85 (213 BC-128 BC)

Birthplace: Cyrene, Libya

Carneades (; Greek: Καρνεάδης, Karneadēs, "of Carnea"; 214/3–129/8 BC) was an Academic skeptic born in Cyrene. By the year 159 BC, he had started to refute all previous dogmatic ...more
Sadeq Naihoum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Libya
Sadeq Naihoum Dec. at 57 (1937-1994)

Birthplace: Benghazi, Libya

Sadeq Al Naihoum (1937 – 15 November 1994) (Arabic: الصادق النيهوم‎) was a prominent Libyan writer and journalist. He was born in Benghazi, Libya, in 1937 where he lived and studied until he ...more
Dorota Szelągowska is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Libya
Dorota Szelągowska Age: 38

Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

Dorota Szelągowska is a journalist and writer.
Sofyan El Gidi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Libya
Sofyan El Gidi Age: 27

Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

Sofyan El Gidi is Libyan swimmer. He competed in the 100 m butterfly event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was the flag bearer of Libya at the opening ceremony.
Omar Deghayes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Libya
Omar Deghayes Age: 49

Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

Omar Deghayes (born November 28, 1969) is a Libyan citizen who had legal residency status with surviving members of his family in the United Kingdom since childhood. He was arrested in Pakistan ...more
Kathleen L. Casey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Libya
Kathleen L. Casey Age: 52

Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

Kathleen L. Casey (born April 12, 1966) was a Republican commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She was appointed by President George W. Bush and sworn in on July 17, 2006. ...more
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Libya
Dec. at 60 (1952-2012)

Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi (pronunciation Arabic: عبد الباسط محمد علي المقرحي‎, ʿAbdu l-Bāsiṭ Muḥammad ʿAlī al-Maqraḥī; 1 April 1952 – 20 May 2012) was a Libyan who was head of security ...more
Ehtuish Ehtuish is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Libya
Age: 66

Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

Ehtuish Farag Ehtuish is a Libyan Surgeon, prof. of Surgery and politician. He served as the minister of health from 1998 to 2000. He was among the first team to develop the laparoscopic surgery ...more
Adriano Visconti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Libya
Adriano Visconti Dec. at 30 (1915-1945)

Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

Major Adriano Visconti di Lampugnano (11 November 1915 – 29 April 1945) was one of Italy's top flying aces of the Second World War, shooting down between 10 and 26 enemy aircraft. He was awarded ...more
Idris of Libya is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Libya
Idris of Libya Dec. at 94 (1889-1983)

Birthplace: Jaghbub, Libya, Libya

Idris (Arabic: إدريس الأول‎; El Sayyid Prince Muhammad Idris bin Muhammad al-Mahdi as-Senussi; 12 March 1889 – 25 May 1983) was a Libyan political and religious leader who served as the Emir of ...more
Yossef Romano is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Libya
Dec. at 32 (1940-1972)

Birthplace: Benghazi, Libya

Yossef Romano (also known as Joseph Romano or Yossi Romano) (Hebrew: יוסף רומנו; April 15, 1940 – September 5, 1972) was a Libyan-born Israeli weightlifter with the Israeli team that went to the ...more
Naji Shushan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Libya
Naji Shushan Age: 38

Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

Naji Shushan (Arabic: ناجي الشوشان‎; born January 14, 1981 in Tripoli, Libya) is a Libyan football defender currently playing for Alahly. He was a member of the Libya national football team.
Antonio Monselesan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Libya
Antonio Monselesan Age: 77

Birthplace: Libya

Antonio Monselesan is an actor.
Daniel Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Libya
Age: 38

Birthplace: Misurata, Libya

Daniel Bogdanović (born 26 March 1980) is a Maltese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Xewkija Tigers in the Gozo Football League.
Omar Daoud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Libya
Omar Daoud Age: 35

Birthplace: Massah, Libya, Libya

Omar Daoud (9 April 1983 – 9 May 2018) was a Libyan international footballer. He was best known for playing as a defender for the Libyan Premier League club Ahly Tripoli and Algerian JS ...more
Tarik El Taib is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Libya
Tarik El Taib Age: 41

Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

Tarek El Taib (born 28 February 1977) is a Libyan football midfielder.
Hamza Abu Faris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Libya
Hamza Abu Faris Age: 73

Birthplace: Msallata, Libya

Hamza Abu Faris, is a Libyan scholar and politician who was born in Msallata on 13 January 1946. He was named Awqaf & Islamic Affairs Minister on 22 November 2011 by Abdurrahim El-Keib.
Marei Al Ramly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Libya
Marei Al Ramly Age: 41

Birthplace: Libya

Marei Al Ramly (born December 4, 1977 in Libya) is a Libyan football midfielder. He currently plays for Al-Nasr, and is a member of the Libya national football team.