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Famous People From Switzerland

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Check out this extensive 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.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including John Brack and Benno Besson.

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

  • Roger Federer1

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    ← Roger Federer (German pronunciation: [ˈrɔdʒər ˈfeːdərər]; born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss...  more

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  • Kat Graham2

    Kat Graham

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    Katerina Alexandre Hartford Graham (born September 5, 1989) is a Swiss-born American actress,...  more

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  • Sofia Milos3

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland

    Sofia Milos (; born 27 September 1969) is a Swiss-born Italian/Greek actress. She is best...  more
  • Carl Jung4

    Carl Jung

    Dec. at 86 (1875-1961)

    BirthplaceKesswil, Switzerland

    Carl Gustav Jung ( YUUNG, German: [kaɐ̯l ˈjʊŋ]; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss...  more

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  • Jean-Paul Marat5

    Jean-Paul Marat

    Dec. at 50 (1743-1793)

    BirthplaceBoudry, Switzerland

    Jean-Paul Marat (French: [ʒɑ̃pɔl maʁa]; 24 May 1743 – 13 July 1793) was a French political...  more
  • Michelle Hunziker6

    BirthplaceSorengo, Switzerland

    Michelle Yvonne Hunziker (Swiss German: [miˌʃɛl ˈhʊntsɪkər], Italian: [miʃˌʃɛl ˈ(h)untsiker];...  more
  • Aga Khan IV7

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, (Arabic: شاه كريم الحسيني، الآقاخان الرابع‎;...  more
  • Elisabeth Kübler-Ross8

    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

    Age: Died at 78 (1926-2004)

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland

    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (July 8, 1926 – August 24, 2004) was a Swiss-American psychiatrist, a...  more
  • Claude Nicollier9

    BirthplaceVevey, Switzerland

    Claude Nicollier (born 2 September 1944 in Vevey, Switzerland) is the first astronaut from...  more
  • Karl Barth10

    Karl Barth

    Dec. at 82 (1886-1968)

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    Karl Barth (; German: [baɐ̯t]; (1886-05-10)May 10, 1886 – (1968-12-10)December 10, 1968) was a...  more
  • Sigismond Thalberg11

    Sigismond Thalberg

    Dec. at 59 (1812-1871)

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    Sigismond Thalberg (8 January 1812 – 27 April 1871) was a composer and one of the most famous...  more
  • Dieter Bohlen12

    Dieter Bohlen

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceBerne, Germany

    Dieter Bohlen (German pronunciation: [ˈdiːtɐ ˈboːlən]; born Dieter Günter Bohlen on 7 February...  more


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  • Siegfried Wagner13

    Siegfried Wagner

    Dec. at 61 (1869-1930)

    BirthplaceLucerne, Switzerland

    Siegfried Helferich Richard Wagner (6 June 1869 – 4 August 1930) was a German composer and...  more
  • Emil Jannings14

    Emil Jannings

    Age: Died at 66 (1884-1950)

    BirthplaceRorschach, Switzerland, Switzerland

    Emil Jannings (born Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, 23 July 1884 – 2 January 1950) was a German...  more
  • Joachim Raff15

    Joachim Raff

    Dec. at 60 (1822-1882)

    BirthplaceLachen, Switzerland

    Joseph Joachim Raff (27 May 1822 – 24 or 25 June 1882) was a German-Swiss composer, teacher...  more
  • Charles Ricketts16

    Charles Ricketts

    Dec. at 65 (1866-1931)

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    Charles de Sousy Ricketts (2 October 1866 – 7 October 1931) was a versatile English artist,...  more
  • Tariq Ramadan17

    BirthplaceSwitzerland, European Free Trade Association, Canton of Geneva, Geneva

    Tariq Ramadan (Arabic: طارق رمضان‎; born 26 August 1962) is a Swiss Muslim academic,...  more
  • Claude Janiak18

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    Claude Janiak (born 30 October 1948) is a Swiss politician of Polish origin, lawyer and...  more
  • Hans Küng19

    Hans Küng

    Age: 92

    BirthplaceSursee, Switzerland

    Hans Küng (pronounced [ˈhans ˈkʏŋ]; born 19 March 1928) is a Swiss Catholic priest,...  more
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar20

    Hans Urs von Balthasar

    Dec. at 83 (1905-1988)

    BirthplaceLucerne, Switzerland

    Hans Urs von Balthasar (12 August 1905 – 26 June 1988) was a Swiss theologian and Catholic...  more
  • Jean Piaget21

    Jean Piaget

    Dec. at 84 (1896-1980)

    BirthplaceNeuchâtel, Switzerland

    Jean Piaget (UK: , US: , French: [ʒɑ̃ pjaʒɛ]; 9 August 1896 – 16 September 1980) was a Swiss...  more
  • Vincent Pérez22

    BirthplaceLausanne District, Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, Lausanne, Canton of Vaud

    Vincent Perez (born 10 June 1964) is a Swiss actor, director and photographer. He is best...  more
  • Arthur Cohn23

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    Arthur Cohn (born February 4, 1927, in Basel, Switzerland) is a film producer. ...  more
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    Walter H. Schottky

    Dec. at 90 (1886-1976)

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland

    Walter Hans Schottky (23 July 1886 – 4 March 1976) was a German physicist who played a major...  more
  • Marthe Keller25

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland

    Marthe Keller (born 28 January 1945) is a Swiss actress and opera director. She is perhaps...  more