In The World

Charles Elachi | Professor, engineer, planetary scientist

Charles Elachi is a Lebanese-American professor of electrical engineering and planetary science at the California Institute of Technology. From 2001 to 2016 he was director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vice president of Caltech.

Andre Sayegh | CEO of First Gulf Bank

Andre Sayegh is the current Deputy CEO & Group Head of Corporate & Investment Banking of First Abu Dhabi Bank.

Callie Khouri | Screenwriter, producer, director

Carolyn Ann "Callie" Khouri is an American film and television screenwriter, producer, and director. In 1992, she won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for the film Thelma & Louise, which was controversial upon its release, but which subsequently became a classic.

David Yazbek | Writer, musician, composer, and lyricist

David Yazbek is an American writer, musician, composer, and lyricist. He wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musicals The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and The Band's Visit.

Elias James Corey | Organic Chemist

Elias James "E.J." Corey is an American organic chemist. In 1990, he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his development of the theory and methodology of organic synthesis", specifically retrosynthetic analysis.

Michael DeBakey | Cardiovascular surgeon, medical educator

Michael Ellis DeBakey was a Lebanese-American cardiovascular surgeon, scientist, and medical educator. DeBakey was the chancellor emeritus of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, director of The Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, and senior attending surgeon of The Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Ralph Nader | Political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney

Ralph Nader is an American political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism and government reform causes.

Khalil Gebran | Poet, painter, writer, philosopher, theologian, visual artist
Lebanon, USA

Khalil Gibran; sometimes spelled Kahlil; was a Lebanese-American writer, poet, visual artist and Lebanese nationalist. Gibran was born in the town of Bsharri in the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire, to Khalil Gibran and Kamila Gibran

Tamsen Fadal | Journalist, news anchor, author

Tamsen Fadal is an American journalist, news anchor at WPIX in New York City, and author.

Tony Shalhoub | Actor

Anthony Marcus Shalhoub is an American actor. His television work includes Antonio Scarpacci in NBC sitcom Wings and detective Adrian Monk in the USA TV series Monk, for which he has won a Golden Globe.

Amal Alamuddin Clooney | Barrister
United Kingdom

Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in international law and human rights.

Eddie Francis | Lawyer, entrepreneur, former mayor

Edgar "Eddie" Francis is the former mayor of Windsor, Ontario. He was 29 years old when he was elected mayor in 2003, the youngest mayor in Windsor's history and one of the youngest mayors ever elected in Canada. He is also Windsor's first Lebanese-Canadian mayor.

Jacques Nasser | Business executive and philanthropist

Jacques A. Nasser AC is a Lebanese Australian American business executive and philanthropist. Known for a management career at Ford Motor Company spanning several decades and continents, from 1999 to 2001 he served as Ford's CEO and president.

Faydee (Fadi Fatrouni) | Singer, songwriter

Fady Fatrouni, best known by his stage name Faydee, is an Australian singer and songwriter of Lebanese and Australian descent. He is best known for his international hit "Habibi" credited to Shaggy, Mohombi, Faydee and Costi.

Mona Nemer | Scientist

Mona Nemer, CM CQ FRSC is a Lebanese Canadian scientist specializing in molecular genetics and cardiac regeneration.

Paul Anka | Singer, songwriter, actor

Paul Albert Anka, OC is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. Anka became famous during the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and " Having My Baby".

Leanne Manas | TV presenter
South Africa

Leanne Manas is a South African TV presenter at the SABC especially known as the anchor of the flagship show, Morning Live.

Nicolas Hayek | CEO and Chairman of the Board of The Swatch Group
Switzerland, USA

Nicolas George Hayek, was a Lebanese-American Swiss businessman, co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of The Swatch Group, with principal headquarters in Biel/Bienne.

Gabriel Yared | Composer

Gabriel Yared is a French-Lebanese composer, best known for his work in French and American cinema. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Yared went on to score the French films Betty Blue and Camille Claudel. He later worked on English language films, particularly those directed by Anthony Minghella.

Carlos Slim | Business magnate, engineer, investor and philanthropist

Carlos Slim Helú is a Mexican business magnate, engineer, investor and philanthropist. From 2010 to 2013, Slim was ranked as the richest person in the world by the Forbes business magazine.

Salma Hayek | Actress, producer
Mexico, USA

Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican and American film actress, producer, and former model. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award.

Ivone Gebara | Catholic nun, philosopher, and feminist theologian

Ivone Gebara is a Brazilian Catholic nun, philosopher, and feminist theologian. Ivone Gebara was born in São Paulo on December 9, 1944 to a family of Syrian-Lebanese descent. After receiving a degree in philosophy, she joined the Augustinian Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady in 1967 at the age of 22.

Michel Temer | Lawyer and politician, 37th president of Brazil

Michel Miguel Elias Temer Lulia is a Brazilian lawyer and politician who served as the 37th President of Brazil from 31 August 2016 to 31 December 2018. He took office after the impeachment and removal from office of his predecessor Dilma Rousseff.

Juliana Awada | Businesswoman, philanthropist, First Lady

Juliana Awada Baker is an Argentine businesswoman and philanthropist of Lebanese and Syrian descent. She is the current First Lady of Argentina, married to the 53rd President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri.

Mario Abdo Benítez | Politician

Mario Abdo Benítez is a Paraguayan politician. A former president of the Senate of Paraguay, Abdo Benítez is the incumbent President of Paraguay.

Shakira | Singer, songwriter

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, businesswoman, and philanthropist.

Tony Ward | Fashion designer

Tony Ward is a Lebanese-Italian fashion designer, whose creations are present in over 60 stores across the world.

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