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

List below includes Zarah Razafimahatratra, Eliane Saholinirina and more people.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Madagascar?" or "Which celebrities were born in Madagascar?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Dec. at 34 (1829-1863) Radama II was the son and heir of Queen Ranavalona I and ruled from 1861 to 1863 over the Kingdom of Madagascar, which controlled virtually the entire island. Radama's rule, although brief, was ...more

Dec. at 32 (1764-1796) John Caesar, nicknamed "Black Caesar", was the first Australian bushranger and one of the first people of recent African descent to arrive in Australia.

age 56 D'Gary is a Madagascan musician of Bara ethnicity. His primary instrument is the acoustic guitar.

Philippe Eidel age 61 Philippe Eidel is a French music producer, writer and film music composer.

Carolus Andriamatsinoro age 28 Carolus Andriamatsinoro, known simply as Carolus, is a Malagasy football player. He is currently playing for USM Alger in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.

Pascal Razakanantenaina age 30 Pascal Razakanantenaina, also known as "Pascal Razak" is a Malagasy footballer currently playing for Arras Football Association in France.

Eric-Julien Rakotondrabe age 37 Eric-Julien Rakotondrabe is a Malagasy footballer currently plays for Fanilo Japan Actuels.

age 28 Anicet Andrianantenaina Abel is a Malagasy footballer, who currently plays as a midfielder for Ludogorets Razgrad in the Bulgarian A Football Group.

Jimmy Radafison age 38 Jimmy Radafison is a Malagasy footballer currently plays for Saint Louis Suns United.

Raymond Ranjeva age 75 Raymond Ranjeva, served as a judge on the International Court of Justice from February, 1991 until February, 2009. He holds the following degrees: Bachelor's degree in law, University of ...more

Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo Dec. at 36 (1901-1937) Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo, born Joseph-Casimir Rabearivelo, is widely considered to be Africa's first modern poet and the greatest literary artist of Madagascar. Part of the first generation ...more

Éric Pichet age 57 Éric Pichet is a professor at KEDGE Business School teaching at a post-graduate level and French economist. His main areas of expertise include market finance, monetary economics, fiscal ...more

Samoëla age 41 Samoëla Rasolofoniaina, better known as Samoëla, is a Malagasy vocalist and composer of contemporary folk fusion and roots music that draws upon musical traditions throughout the ...more

Ninie Doniah Ninie Doniah is a Malagasy singer and composer of salegy music that originates from the northern coastal area of Madagascar, including her birthplace of Nosy Be. She descends from a musical ...more

Olombelona Ricky Olombelona Ricky, also known as Ricky, is a Malagasy vocalist and roots musician based in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Launching his musical career in 1991, Ricky recorded his first album in 1998, ...more

Vaiavy Chila Vaiavy Chila, also known as Chila, is a vocalist and composer of salegy music from the northern coastal region of Madagascar. The most popular female salegy artist of the last decade, she is ...more

Madagascar Slim age 61 Randriamananjara Radofa Besata Jean Longin is a Canadian-Malagasy folk and blues guitarist, who records and performs under the stage name Madagascar Slim. He is a member of the folk music band ...more

Dec. at 92 (1913-2005) Claude Simon was a French novelist and the 1985 Nobel Laureate in Literature. His parents were French, his father being a career officer who was killed in the First World War. He grew up with ...more

age 35 Nirina Zubir is an Indonesian MTV Movie Award winning actress in modern Indonesian cinemaradio DJ and MTV VJ. She frequently appears as a television presenter, stars in commercials, plays in ...more

age 32 Lalaina Nomenjanahary is a Malagasy footballer who currently plays for French club RC Lens in France.

Claudio Ramiadamanana age 29 Claudio Ramiadamanana is a Malagasy footballer who currently plays for SO Romorantin of the Championnat de France amateur.

Didier Ratsiraka age 81 Vice Admiral Didier Ratsiraka is a Malagasy politician who was President of Madagascar from 1975 to 1993 and from 1997 to 2002.

Sedera Randriamparany age 27 Sedera Mathieu Randriamparany is a Malagasy footballer. He currently plays for JS Saint-Pierroise in Réunion.

Albert Kwan is an actor.

Dec. at 44 (1931-1975) Colonel Richard Ratsimandrava was President of Madagascar for six days in February 1975. His assassination in 1975 led to a civil war.

Faed Arsène age 32 Faed Arsène is a Malagasy international footballer who plays in Belgium for Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz, as a striker.

Mamisoa Razafindrakoto age 43 Mamisoa Razafindrakoto is a Malagasy former footballer. He is known for letting in 149 own goals as a protest to the referee while playing for SO l'Emyrne.

Yvan Rajoarimanana age 29 Yvan Rajoarimanana Avotriniaina is a Malagasy footballer who currently plays CNaPS Sport.

Hery Rajaonarimampianina age 59 Hery Martial Rakotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina is a Malagasy politician who has been President of Madagascar since January 2014. Previously he served as Minister of Finance under President ...more

Philippe Jeantot age 65 Philippe Jeantot is a French former deep sea diver, who achieved recognition as a sailor for long-distance, single-handed racing and record-setting. He founded the Vendée Globe, a ...more

Faneva Imà Andriatsima age 33 Faneva Imà Andriatsima is a Malagasy football striker currently playing for French side US Créteil-Lusitanos.

Lego age 45 Lego is a Sakalava musician who performs accordion music in the traditional style of the coastal regions of Madagascar. In addition to his acclaim as a musician, Lego is also known for having ...more

Gabriel Ramanantsoa Dec. at 73 (1906-1979) Gabriel Ramanantsoa was the President and Prime Minister of Madagascar from 1972 to 1975. Ramanantsoa was a member of the Merina ethnic group, and came from a wealthy family. He was a career ...more

Praxis Rabemananjara age 30 Stéphane Praxis Rabemananjara is a Malagasy football striker currently playing for Saint-Denis FC. He is a member of the Madagascar national football team.

Ibrahim Amada age 28 Ibrahim Samuel Amada is a Malagasy football player. He currently plays for USM El Harrach in the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1.

Jacques Sylla Dec. at 63 (1946-2009) Jacques Hugues Sylla was a Malagasy politician. He was the Prime Minister of Madagascar under President Marc Ravalomanana from February 2002 to January 2007. He subsequently served as the ...more

Nathalia Rakotondramanana age 29 Harinelina Nathalia Rakotondramanana is a female weightlifter set to represent Madagascar at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is one of three sportspeople on the team to qualify for the Olympics ...more

Eliane Saholinirina age 36 Marie Eliane Saholinirina is an Malagasy athlete who specialises in the 1500 metres. She competed for Madagascar at the 2012 Summer Olympics failing to qualify for the semifinals.

Muni Dec. at 70 (1929-1999) Muni was a French actress who often appeared in the late films of movie director Luis Buñuel. She is sometimes credited as Marguerite Muni.

Aina Fils Rabetsara age 23 Estellah Fils Rabetsara is a swimmer that competed for Madagascar at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She did not advance to the semifinals of the Women's 100m freestyle event.

Josiane Soloniaina age 39 Josiane Patricia Soloniaina is a female wrestler who represented Madagascar at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is one of three sports-people on the team to qualify for the Olympics rather than win ...more

age 46 Nicole Ramalalanirina is a French athlete who specializes in the 100 metres hurdles. She changed nationality from her native Madagascar in 1998. Her personal best time in the 100 metres hurdles ...more

age 30 Paulin Voavy is a Malagasy footballer who currently plays for Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 side CS Constantine.

Fetra Ratsimiziva age 26 Fetra Ratsimiziva (born in Antananarivo on 5 August 1991) is a judoka set to represent Madagascar at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He is one of three sportspeople on the team to qualify for the ...more

Stéphan Raheriharimanana age 24 Stéphan Raheriharimanana is a French- Madagascarian football player.

Tsilavina Ramanantsoa age 25 Tsilavina Ramanantsoa is a Malagasy swimmer. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed in the Men's 200 metre breaststroke but was disqualified.

Philibert Tsiranana Dec. at 66 (1912-1978) Philibert Tsiranana was a Malagasy politician and leader, who served as the first President of Madagascar from 1959 to 1972. During the twelve years of his administration, the Republic of ...more

Jacques Rabemananjara Dec. at 92 (1913-2005) Jacques Rabemananjara was a Malagasy politician, playwright and poet. He served as a government minister rising to vice President. Rabemananjara was said to be the most prolific writer of his ...more

Andry Rajoelina age 43 Andry Nirina Rajoelina was the President of the High Transitional Authority of Madagascar. He became president on 21 March 2009 during a political crisis, having held the office of Mayor of ...more

Jean-Chrysostome Raharison age 38 Jean-Chrysostome Raharison, commonly referred to as Bota, is a Madagascar international footballer who plays for SS Saint-Louisienne, as a goalkeeper.