Famous Lebanese WorldWide
Prominent People of Lebanese Origin
From Around The World
Academics and Media Figures
Art and Literature
Business and Finance
Medicine and Science
Politics and Govenrment
Monir Abu Dibis: (1933) theater lover studied in France
and worked in the French TV. His work includes "The King is
Dying" or "Al Malik Yamout".
Walid Akl: world famous pianist.
Warda Al Jaza2iriyah: a famous singer her mother is from Lebanese
Rene'Angelil: husband of Celine Dion and a great musician
with many oscars.
Paul Anka: singer, songwriter and 60's teen idol.
Amal Arafeh: an actress in the Syrian drama is born for a Lebanese
mother and a Syrian father
Rojeh Assaf: known for his stage works and marvelous plays some
of the awards he got were in Carthege
Festival and in an Egyptian Festival in 1994. Egypt
Lydia Canaan: First female rock star in the middle east www.lydiacanaan.com
Sami Clark: A classic singer known for his opera and theater voice.
Asmahan and Farid El Atrach: who come from a Lebanese mother and
a Syrian father. Egypt
Noor El Hoda: An actress in the Egyptian cinema.
Fairouz: her real name Nuhad Haddad. www.fairouz.com Lebanon
Fares Fares - Swedish actor and film director of Lebanese origins.
He won the prize for best movie at the Swedish Awards with his
movie "yalla yalla" year 2000
Gloria Estefan: Latin singer of Lebanese origin.
Eduardo Falu: musician , folklorist eminent Argentina
Fouad Khouri: studied cinema and TV productions at the Brooks
institute in Santa Barbara-California He is now producer and director
of the company thirty seconds Pictures, and a professor of TV at
Durayd Lahham: the well known comedian has a
Lebanese mother and he lived part of his life in Lebanon. Syria
Guy Manokian: a great composer, his latest CD released is the
Harem and sold out thousands around the world.
Maroun Naqash: The founder of the first theater in the middle
east. He was a merchant and during his work he went to Rome. There
he was enchanted with the beauty of it's archeological and modern
theaters. After this trip he returned to Lebanon and there he made
a theater in his house. In 1867 he decided to move to Egypt where
he started his work with the theaters. After his death, his brothers'
son, Salim Naqash, carried the work of his uncle.
Jad Al Rahbany:
son of Elias Al Rahbany he is a composer and he composed the music
for many of the Arab as well as Europian commercials
Madline Tabar: famous in most of the Egyptian drama.
Liss Sarkisian: known as (Eman) actress.
Academics, Media, Journalists
Jorge Asis novelist, journalist former Education Minister, former
representant of Argentina at UNESCO former Argentine Ambassador
M.D. Hugo Juri (khoury) he was rector of Universidad
Nacional de Córdoba and former Education Minister of Argentina
Antwan Gemayel: who released Al-Ahram newspaper
Ibrahim Maalouf: A Lebanese who is responsible for the Brazilian
Dr. Victor Massuh: writer, philosopher ensayist former represent
of Argentina at UNESCO
Elisabeth Fritz - a Lebanese woman married to a Swedish man. She
is a top advocate (lawyer) and got to be the Woman of the Year
in Sweden 2001
Art, Literature, Poetry
Wajdi Mouawad - one of Canada's most prominent young writers.
Won "Best French Fiction" award in 1998, and "Governor's
General Award" earlier in 2001.
Jorge Mansur writer and journalist Argentina
Business and Finance
Nicholas Hayek - "Mr. Swatch". Lebanese-born entrepreneur
Nicholas Hayek was credited with revamping the Swiss watch-making
industry in the 1980s.
Carlos Slim Helou - President of TelMex, Mexico: 20 billion dollar
tele-communications tycoon. They say half of mexican businesses
are owned by Carlos Slim Helou. The richest man in Mexico, and
one of the richest in Latin America (according to Forbes). His
Grupo Carso also owns Comp USA and CD now .
Carlos Ghosn: President of Nissan Motor Company -
Read Wall Street Journal Article on him.
Robert Abi Nader: fashion designer, for more info here is his
Camille Chamoun: www.CamilleChamoun.com
Nicole Gazal: Miss Australia 2002 is of Lebanese origin for more
info u can visit the official website for Miss World.
Gamy Maalouf: www.gemynewfashion.com.lb.
Zuhair Murad: well known for his unique taste in fashion. www.zuhairmurad.com.lb
Yamila Diaz-Rahi: Supermodel, born in Argentina of Lebanese and
Latin Descent at http://www.km02.com/ydiaz/
Georgina Rizk: Miss Universe in 1971 at
Elie Saab: who is most famous for designing the dress Halle Berry
wore when she won the best actress oscar last year. www.eliesaab.com/flash/intro.html
Mona Saab: who creates accessories for Elie Saab...She has wonderful
shoes designs, jewelry, and bags.
Ghazi Tohme: Fashion designer, for more info here is his official
Medicine and Science
Elie Baghdady: an atom scientist and has many inventions written
in his name. He had part in the Appolo program.
George Doumany: a Lebanese who discovered the North Pole. He went
on 5 trips. He received a Cedar Gold plate from Lebanon and the
American Government gave him a medal. Several places in the north
pole were named after his name.
Brian Peter Medawar - Born in Brazil of Lebanese descent. Won
the Nobel Laureate in Medicine in 1960 for discovery of acquired
Hussan Kamel Sabbah: a Lebanese inventor in the 30's,he has 77
inventions in his name.
Pascal Souhail Tarabay: born in Beirut in 1970 got his architecture
degree in Paris and his master's degree in design with Andrea Branzi
in 1998 at Milan's Domus Academy and now he has a business all
around he world.
Politics and Government
Brazilian Parliament: consists of nearly 20% Brazilians of Lebanese
Dr. Marie Bashir - AUstralia - Appointed as Governor of New South
Wales, commencing in March 2001. Dr Bashir has a keen interest
in music and the arts, as well as social justice issues, including
those involving indigenous people. Dr Bashir will be the first
woman to be appointed Governor of NSW, and the first person of
Australian Arabic background to be Governor of an Australian State.
(source www.aac.org.au )
Bucaram - Former Ecuador President of lebanese ancestry.
Steve Bracks - The current premier of the state of Victoria in
Australia is of Lebanese descent (his family is originally from
Platurco Elias Calles - Former Mexican president is supposely
partly or half lebanese they called him "El Turco" In
Latin America it means a person of Arab ancestry.
Miss I. Juri (née Khoury) Tourism Scretary in Province
of Mendoza. Argentina
Queen Noor: queen of Jordan her full name is Lisa Najeeb Halaby
and she is of Lebanese origin.
Ellias Serrano - Former President of Guatemala is Lebanese.
Monsier Francis Lahoud: Founder of Saint Louis Gonzaga Church
in Yotica. He is originally from Quartaba a small mountain village
Charbel Touma - A football player in the Swedish first league.
Contributed by Roni Doumit, Sweden.
Sami Qahwaji: known for his unique taste of interior and exterior
decor. He has a lot of works in the Arab world as well as in Europe.
And now his name is a mark in the world of design.
Daizy Gedeon: made a film about her home country called Imprisoned
Splendor. She left Lebanon with
her parents in 1970 at the age of 5 to Australia. video info
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you to everyone who contributed recipes and photos in the past
years to help us share Lebanon's
beauty with the world and to help
perpetuate the Lebanese culture
across the globe.
Thank you especially to Aunt Maheeba's friend (sorry I forgot her name) who was originally from Saghbine (Lebanon) but who lived in Brooklyn and gave
me many of these authentic recipes
that she had saved from the old
country. She shared them with
all the young Lebanese wives
who grew up here in the United
States and did not have access
to authnetic Lebanese recipes
or training in Lebanese cooking
"the right way". May she rest in peace.
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