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

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Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Roger Federer age 35 - Tennis player Roger Federer (IPA pronunciation: [ˈɹɑ.dʒər ˈfɛ.dər.ər]) (born August 8, 1981) is a Swiss tennis professional, currently ranked World No. 1. Many experts and many of his own tennis ...more

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Kat Graham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Kat Graham age 27 - Katerina Alexandre Hartford "Kat" Graham is a Swiss-born American actress, model, singer and dancer. She is known for her role of Bonnie Bennett on The CW supernatural drama The

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Sofia Milos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Sofia Milos age 46 - Sofia Milos is a Swiss-born Italian/Greek actress. She is best known for her role as Yelina Salas on CSI: Miami. She has also had a recurring role on The Sopranos as Camorra Boss Annalisa Zucca, ...more

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Carl Jung is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Carl Jung Died at 86 (1875-1961) - Carl Gustav Jung, often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also ...more

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Jean-Paul Marat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Jean-Paul Marat Died at 50 (1743-1793) - Jean-Paul Marat was a physician, political theorist and scientist best known for his career in France as a radical journalist and politician during the French Revolution. His journalism became ...more

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Michelle Hunziker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Michelle Hunziker age 40 - Michelle Yvonne Hunziker is a Swiss-Italian television hostess, actress, model and singer.

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Aga Khan IV is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Aga Khan IV age 79 - Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan, NPk, NI, KBE, CC, GCC, GCIH, GCM was born on December 13, 1936, in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a British business magnate, racehorse owner and breeder, as ...more

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Died at 78 (1926-2004) - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying, where she first discussed her theory ...more

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Claude Nicollier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Claude Nicollier age 71 - Claude Nicollier is the first astronaut from Switzerland, and has flown on four Space Shuttle missions. His first spaceflight was in 1992, and his final spaceflight was in 1999. He took part in ...more

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Karl Barth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Karl Barth Died at 82 (1886-1968) - Karl Barth was a Swiss Reformed theologian who is often regarded as the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. His influence expanded well beyond the academic realm to ...more

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Sigismond Thalberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Sigismond Thalberg Died at 59 (1812-1871) - Sigismond Thalberg was a composer and one of the most famous virtuoso pianists of the 19th century.

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Dieter Bohlen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Dieter Bohlen age 63 - Dieter Günther Bohlen is a German songwriter, singer, musician, producer, entertainer, and TV personality. Bohlen is best known for being part of popular pop-duo Modern Talking during 1984 ...more

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Siegfried Wagner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Siegfried Wagner Died at 61 (1869-1930) - Siegfried Wagner was a German composer and conductor, the son of Richard Wagner. He was an opera composer and the artistic director of the Bayreuth Festival from 1908 to 1930.

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Emil Jannings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Emil Jannings Died at 66 (1884-1950) - Emil Jannings was a Swiss-born German/Austrian actor. He was the first Oscar recipient and the only German actor ever honored with the Academy Award for Best Actor, at the 1929 ceremony. Best ...more

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Joachim Raff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Joachim Raff Died at 60 (1822-1882) - Joseph Joachim Raff was a German-Swiss composer, teacher and pianist.

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Charles Ricketts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Charles Ricketts Died at 65 (1866-1931) - Charles de Sousy Ricketts was a versatile English artist, illustrator, author and printer, and is best known for his work as book designer and typographer from 1896 to 1904 with the Vale Press, ...more

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Tariq Ramadan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Tariq Ramadan age 53 - Tariq Ramadan is a Swiss academic, intellectual, philosopher and writer. He is the professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University and also ...more

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Claude Janiak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Claude Janiak age 67 - Claude Janiak is a Swiss politician of Polish origin, lawyer and President of the Swiss National Council for the 2005/2006 term. Member of the Social Democratic Party, he was elected to the ...more

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Hans Küng is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Hans Küng age 87 - Hans Küng is a Swiss Catholic priest, theologian, and author. Since 1995 he has been President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic. He is notable for his rejection of the doctrine of papal ...more

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Hans Urs von Balthasar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Hans Urs von Balthasar Died at 83 (1905-1988) - Hans Urs von Balthasar was a Swiss theologian and Catholic priest who was to be created a cardinal of the Catholic Church but died before the ceremony. He is considered one of the most important ...more

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Jean Piaget is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Jean Piaget Died at 84 (1896-1980) - Jean Piaget was a Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher known for his epistemological studies with children. His theory of cognitive development and epistemological view are together ...more

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Vincent Pérez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Vincent Pérez age 51 - Vincent Pérez is a Swiss actor, director and photographer. He is best known internationally for playing the title character Ashe Corven in The Crow: City of Angels, and for starring in ...more

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Arthur Cohn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Arthur Cohn age 88 - Arthur Cohn is a film producer. Six of his films have won the Academy Award, and he was awarded the Guardian of Zion Award in 2004. One of the awards was for French film Black and White in Color ...more

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Walter H. Schottky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Walter H. Schottky Died at 90 (1886-1976) - Walter Hermann Schottky was a German physicist who played a major early role in developing the theory of electron and ion emission phenomena, invented the screen-grid vacuum tube in 1915 and the ...more

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Marthe Keller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Marthe Keller age 72 - Marthe Keller is a Swiss actress and opera director. She studied ballet as a child, but stopped after a skiing accident at age 16. She changed to acting, and worked in Berlin at the Schiller ...more

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Hermann Rorschach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Hermann Rorschach Died at 38 (1884-1922) - Hermann Rorschach was a Swiss Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, best known for developing a projective test known as the Rorschach inkblot test. This test was reportedly designed to ...more

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Marco Tempest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Marco Tempest age 51 - Marco Tempest is a Swiss magician based in New York City. He is known for his multimedia magic and use of interactive technology and computer graphics in his illusions and presentations. He ...more

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Charles Dutoit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Charles Dutoit age 80 - Charles Édouard Dutoit, OC GOQ is a Swiss conductor, particularly noted for his interpretations of French and Russian 20th-century music. He has made influential modern recordings of ...more

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Egon von Fürstenberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Egon von Fürstenberg Died at 58 (1946-2004) - Egon von Fürstenberg or Prince Egon of Fürstenberg was a fashion designer.

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Sarah Meier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Sarah Meier age 31 - Sarah Meier is a Swiss figure skater. She is the 2011 European champion, a two-time European silver medalist, the 2006 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and an eight-time Swiss national

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Li Tobler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Li Tobler Died at 27 (1948-1975) - Li Tobler was a Swiss stage actress. She is best known as a model for several of H. R. Giger's works, as well as for being his life partner up until her suicide in 1975.

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Peter Giger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Peter Giger age 76 - Peter Giger is a Swiss percussionist and bandleader. 1965-68 studio-musician in Paris, again with Claude Bolling

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Carmen Schäfer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Carmen Schäfer age 36 - Carmen Schäfer is a Swiss curler, born 8 January 1981 in Davos. She plays third for Mirjam Ott. Schäfer had a fairly successful Junior career. She was the alternate on the Swiss team ...more

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Ubolratana Rajakanya is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Ubolratana Rajakanya age 66 - Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, or full name Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, is a princess of Thailand and the eldest child of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Consort Sirikit. She ...more

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Yangzom Brauen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Yangzom Brauen age 36 - Yangzom Brauen is a Swiss actress, activist and writer.

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Max Frisch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Max Frisch Died at 80 (1911-1991) - Max Rudolf Frisch was a Swiss playwright and novelist. Frisch's works focused on problems of identity, individuality, responsibility, morality, and political commitment. His use of irony is a ...more

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Moina Mathers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Moina Mathers Died at 63 (1865-1928) - Moina Mathers, born as Mina Bergson, was an artist and occultist at the turn of the 20th century. She was the sister of French philosopher Henri Bergson, the first man of Jewish descent to be ...more

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Friedrich Dürrenmatt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Friedrich Dürrenmatt Died at 69 (1921-1990) - Friedrich Dürrenmatt was a Swiss author and dramatist. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II. The politically active author's work ...more

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Bob Lutz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Bob Lutz age 85 - Bob Lutz appeared in The Revenge of the Electric Car documentary film.

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Paul Klee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Paul Klee Died at 61 (1879-1940) - Paul Klee was a Swiss-German painter. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. Klee was a natural draftsman who ...more

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Daniel Bernhardt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Daniel Bernhardt age 51 - Daniel Bernhardt is a Swiss actor, model and martial artist. Bernhardt made his acting debut in the leading role in Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite. He also appeared in two of its sequels and ...more

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Gaudenz Canova is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Gaudenz Canova Died at 75 (1887-1962) - Gaudenz Canova was a Swiss socialist from Graubünden. A lawyer and Social Democratic politician, Canova was a member of the National Council from his native canton in 1922–1925 and ...more

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Alain de Botton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Alain de Botton age 46 - Alain de Botton, FRSL is a Swiss writer, philosopher, and television presenter who currently lives in the United Kingdom. His books and television programmes discuss various contemporary ...more

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Eduard Einstein is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Eduard Einstein Died at 55 (1910-1965) - Eduard Einstein was born in Zürich, Switzerland, the second son of physicist Albert Einstein and his first wife Mileva Marić. Einstein and his family moved to Berlin in 1914. Shortly ...more

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Georges Schwizgebel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Georges Schwizgebel age 71 - Georges Schwizgebel, born on 28 September 1944 in Reconvilier, Switzerland, is a Swiss animation film director whose paint-on-glass-animated 2004 film L'Homme sans ombre won various awards.

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Bruno Manser is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Bruno Manser Died at 51 (1954-2005) - Bruno Manser was a Swiss environmental activist. From 1984 to 1990, he stayed with the Penan tribe in Sarawak, Malaysia, organising several blockades against timber companies. After he emerged ...more

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Arthur Cravan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Arthur Cravan Died at 31 (1887-1918) - Arthur Cravan was known as a pugilist, a poet, a larger-than-life character, and an idol of the Dada and Surrealism movements. He was the second son of Otho Holland Lloyd and ...more

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Adolf Meyer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Adolf Meyer Died at 84 (1866-1950) - Adolf Meyer, was a psychiatrist who rose to prominence as the first psychiatrist-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was president of the American Psychiatric Association in 1927-28 and ...more

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Albert Gallatin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Albert Gallatin Died at 88 (1761-1849) - Abraham Alfonse Albert Gallatin was a Swiss-American politician, diplomat, ethnologist and linguist. He served as a Congressman, Senator, United States Ambassador and was the longest-serving ...more

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Patrick Moraz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Switzerland
Patrick Moraz age 68 - Patrick Philippe Moraz is a progressive rock keyboard player from Switzerland. He is best known as the keyboardist for the progressive rock bands Yes, from 1974 to 1976, and The Moody Blues from ...more