Famous People

Activists

  • Candy Lightner - founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and former president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
  • James Zogby - founder of Arab-American Institute
  • John Zogby - American political pollster
  • Ralph Nader - consumer rights activist abd US presidential candidate
  • Rose Nader - school teacher and activist

Artists

  • Elie Saab - fashion designer.
  • Joseph Philippe Karam - architect
  • Paul Zgheib - photographer
  • Reem Acra - fashion designer
  • Sam Maloof - woodworker

Entrepreneurs

  • Carlos Slim Helu
  • Edmond Safra - founder of Republic Bank of New York and Banco Safra in Brazil, born in Aley, Lebanon
  • Jacques Nasser - ex-CEO of Ford Motors, born in Lebanon
  • Mario Kassar - co-founder of Carolco Pictures
  • Nicolas Hayek - the 'father of Swatch' and CEO of Smart
  • Paul Orfalea - founder of Kinko's
  • Sam Hammam - owner of Cardiff City F.C.

Film, Theatre, Television and Radio Personalities

  • Amy Yasbeck - Lebanese-American film and television actress, widow of actor John Ritter
  • Arsinée Khanjian - actress (Lebanese-born, Armenian ethnicity)
  • Casey Kasem - television personality of Druze Lebanese descent
  • Danny Thomas - nightclub comedian and television actor
  • Dom Joly - comedian, presenter and journalist
  • Georgina Rizk - Miss Universe 1971
  • James Stacy - actor (Laramie)
  • Jamie Farr - actor of M*A*S*H fame
  • Joseph Barbera and William Hanna - Hanna-Barbera
  • Kathy Najimy - actress
  • Keanu Reeves - actor
  • Khrystyne Haje - actress
  • Lili Estefan - Cuban American television hostess
  • Mario Kassar - film producer
  • Salma Hayek - actress (Lebanese father and Mexican mother)
  • Tom Shadyac - director
  • Tony Shalhoub - television and film actor
  • Wentworth Miller- television actor

Military

  • George Joulwan - US general, SACEUR
  • Hisham Jaber - former Commander of Beirut
  • John Abizaid - US general, CENTCOM Commander

Musicians

  • Amal Hijazi - pop-singer and dancer
  • Assi Rahbani - composer
  • Elissa - pop singer
  • Emilio Estefan - Lebanese parents
  • Fairouz, born Nouhad Haddad - singer
  • Frank Zappa
  • Gabriel Yared, international composer
  • Guy Béart - singer
  • Haifa Wehbe - singer
  • Herbert Khaury - (Tiny Tim), singer, ukulele player (Lebanese father)
  • John Dolmayan - System of a Down drummer (Lebanese-born, Armenian ethnicity)
  • Karl Wolf - born in Lebanon
  • K-Maro - Canadian rapper of Lebanese origin
  • Mansour Rahbani - composer
  • Marcel Khalife - singer, orchestral composer, oud player
  • Massari - Lebanese pop and hip-hop singer who grew up in Canada.
  • Matthieu Chedid - Lebanese-French rock/blues songwriter and singer
  • Mika - (Mica Penniman), singer
  • Myriam Fares - singer
  • Najwa Karam - singer
  • Nancy Ajram - singer
  • Nawal Al Zoghbi - singer
  • Pascale Machaalani - singer
  • Paul Anka - singer
  • Sabah - born Janet Feghali from Wadi Al Shahrour, singer and actress
  • Sammy Hagar - former lead vocalist for the rock band Van Halen
  • Sarbel - Greek singer, born in London to a Lebanese mother
  • Serj Tankian - System of a Down vocalist,guitarist ,political activist (Lebanese-born, Armenian ethnicity)
  • Setrak Setrakian - composer and pianist (Armenian ethnicity)
  • Shakira - Colombian singer/songwriter (Lebanese father from Zahle, Colombian mother of Catalan descent)
  • Soraya - American-Colombian-Lebanese singer/songwriter (Lebanese mother)
  • Tony Hajjar - drummer
  • Wadih Safi - musician and singer
  • Yfrah Neaman - violinist
  • Ziad Rahbani - composer

Scientists

  • Elias J. Corey - Chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1990)
  • Michael Ellis DeBakey - pioneering cardiovascular surgeon and researcher
  • Peter Medawar - Nobel Prize Physiology /Medicine 1960 for immune system (British father, Lebanese mother)
  • Sir Michael Atiyah - (Lebanese British father) - mathematician, Fields Medal (1966), Abel Prize (2004)

Sports

  • Bill George - NFL Hall of Famer
  • Bobby Rahal - Winner of the Indianapolis 500
  • Brian Habib - former NFL player
  • Darren Flutie - former CFL player
  • Doug Flutie - former NFL and CFL player
  • Ed Hatoum - former NHL player
  • Eddie Elias - founder of the Bowling Association of America
  • Fadi El Khatib - Lebanese basketball Player
  • Faryd Aly Mondragón - Colombian goalkeeper with Lebanese descent
  • Frank Skaff - former manager of the Detroit Tigers (MLB)
  • Fred Saigh - former owner of the St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
  • Fuad Reveiz - former NFL player
  • George Farah - 19th Mr Olympia 2002
  • George Mourad - Famous soccer player in Sweden (IFK Göteborg)
  • Hazem El Masri - NRL player
  • Jeff George - former NFL player
  • Joe Lahoud - former Major League Baseball player
  • Joe Robbie - former owner of the Miami Dolphins (NFL)
  • John Jaha - former MLB player
  • Rich Kotite - former NFL coach
  • Rony Seikaly, Lebanese American, former NBA basketball player
  • Rudy Haddad - french footballer
  • Sammy Farha - Professional Poker Player, 2-time WSOP bracelet winner
  • Steve Kerr - former NBA star (Lebanese-born)

Writers and Journalists

  • Ahmad Reda - linguist
  • Amin Maalouf - writer, Prix Goncourt (1993)
  • Andree Chedid - poet
  • Ann-Marie MacDonald - writer (Lebanese mother)
  • David Malouf - Australian author (Lebanese father, English-Sephardic Jewish mother of Portuguese descent)
  • Edward Atiyah - writer
  • Elias Khoury - novelist
  • Gebran Tueni - former editor and publisher of An-Nahar newspaper
  • Ghassan Tueni - editor in chief of An-Nahar newspaper, legislator
  • Gibran Khalil Gibran - poet and writer, "The Prophet"
  • May Chidiac - journalist
  • Muhammad Jaber - writer and historian
  • Neal Conan - radio journalist (Lebanese-born)
  • Philip Khuri Hitti
  • Rabih Alameddine - painter, novelist
  • Samir Kassir - journalist of An-Nahar newspaper and writer
  • Wadih Saadeh - journalist, poet and writer
  • William Peter Blatty - writer, "The Exorcist"