Famous People

Architecture

  • Alejandro Chataing, known as "Cipriano Castro's architect"
  • Carlos Raúl Villanueva (1900 - 1975), builder of the Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas

Artists

  • Alejandro Otero (1921 - 1990)
  • Armando Reverón (1889 - 1954)
  • Arturo Michelena (1863 - 1898)
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez (b. 1923)
  • Cristóbal Rojas (1857 - 1890)
  • Gertrude Goldschmidt - a.k.a. GeGo (1912 - 1994)
  • Jesús Soto (1923 - 2005)
  • Marisol Escobar (b. 1930)
  • Martín Tovar y Tovar (1827 - 1902)
  • Yucef Merhi (b. 1977)

Authors

  • Alberto Arvelo Torrealba, poet
  • Andrés Bello, humanist, poet, lawmaker, philosopher, educator and philologist
  • Andrés Eloy Blanco, poet
  • Arturo Uslar Pietri, writer
  • Eduardo Blanco, novelist and epic poet
  • Guillermo Meneses, 1911-1978 Writer, journalist, historian, essayist
  • José Antonio de Armas Chitty, historian, poet, chronicler, essayist, biographer and researcher
  • José Antonio Ramos Sucre, poet
  • Juan Antonio Pérez Bonalde, poet
  • Juan Oropeza, writer
  • Manuel Caballero, Historian and journalist
  • Mariano Picón Salas, writer
  • Miguel Otero Silva, writer
  • Moises Naim, writer, current Editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine
  • Pedro Sotillo, journalist, novelist, and poet
  • Rafael Arráiz Lucca, poet
  • Rómulo Gallegos, writer
  • Teresa de la Parra, writer

Beauty Queens

  • Aida Yespica, Miss Amazonas state 2002
  • Alejandrina "Nina" Sicilia Hernandez, Miss International 1985
  • Alexandra Braun, Miss Earth 2005
  • Alicia Machado, Miss Universe 1996
  • Astrid Carolina Herrera Irrazábal, Miss World 1984
  • Bárbara Palacios Teyde, Miss Universe and Miss South America 1986
  • Claudia Suárez, Miss Venezuela for Miss World 2007
  • Consuelo Adler Hernández, Miss International 1997
  • Daniela di Giacomo, Miss International 2006
  • Daniela Kosán Montcourt, Miss Nuestra Belleza Internacional 1997
  • Dominika van Santen, Top Model of the World 2005
  • Emma Rabbe, Miss Hispanidad Internacional 1988
  • Francys Barraza Sudnicka, Venezuelan-born Miss Poland Universe 2006
  • Goizeder Azua, Miss International and Miss Mesoamérica 2003
  • Irene Sáez, Miss Universe and Miss South America 1981
  • Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano, Miss World 1995
  • Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano, Top Model of the World 1995
  • Joan Carolina Chópite Sute, Miss Globe International 2000
  • Ly Jonaitis, Miss Venezuela for Miss Universe 2007
  • Maritza Sayalero, Miss Universe 1979
  • Monica Spear Mootz, Miss Venezuela for Miss Universe 2004
  • Ninibeth Leal, Miss World 1991
  • Pilin Leon, Miss World 1981
  • Susana Duijm, Miss World 1955
  • Vanessa Peretti, Miss Venezuela for Miss International 2007
  • Veruska Ramirez, Miss Venezuela for Miss Universe 1998
  • Vivian Inés Urdaneta Rincón, Miss International 2000
  • Yajaira Vera, Miss Globe International 1988
  • Yormery Ortega Sánchez, Miss Globe International 1990

Business and Law

  • Antonio López Fajardo (1916-1998), Former CEO and Chairman of the Board for Pepsi-Cola y Hit de Venezuela
  • Armando J. Tirado
  • Arturo J. Marcano Guevara
  • Carolina Herrera, fashion designer
  • Eugenio Mendoza
  • Gustavo Cisneros
  • Henry Lord Boulton
  • Lorenzo Mendoza

Engineering

  • José González-Lander, (Venezuela, b. 1933- d. 2000) Metro de Caracas

Entertainment

  • Aida Yespica, model
  • Alejandro Otero Larez, actor, model
  • Alexandra Braun Waldeck, model
  • Alicia Machado, former Miss Universe, actress
  • Anabelle Blum, radio host
  • Benjamín Rausseo, a.k.a. Er Conde del Guácharo, television comedian
  • Camila Canabal Sapelli, TV hostess
  • Caramelos de Cianuro ,Venezuelan rock band
  • Carlos Olivier, actor
  • Catherine Fulop, Television host, model, actress
  • Chiquinquirá Delgado, actress and fashion model
  • Christina Dieckmann, actress/model
  • Coraima Torres, actress
  • Cynthia Cristina Lander Zamora, TV hostess
  • Daniel Sarcos, show host
  • Daniela Kosán Montcourt, model and television host
  • Desorden Público, referred to as the godfathers of Latin American SKA
  • Dominika van Santen, model
  • Eglantina Zingg, actress and fashion model
  • Enrique Palacios, model
  • Eva Ekvall-Johnson, TV hostess
  • Fernando Carrillo, actor
  • Franco De Vita, singer and songwriter
  • Francys Sudnicka, model
  • Gabriela Spanic, actress
  • Gaby Espino, actress
  • Grecia Colmenares, Venezuelan born Argentinean citizen who is a widely famous actress in Argentina
  • Guillermo Dávila, actor and singer
  • Ilan Chester, singer
  • Jean Paul Leroux, actor
  • José Luis Rodríguez, also known as El Puma, singer, actor, entrepreneur
  • Juan A. Baptista, actor
  • Juan Carlos Salazar, singer, Cuatro (instrument), and guitar player
  • Keidy Moreno, international model
  • Lila Morillo, actress, former wife of Jose Luis Rodríguez
  • Los Amigos Invisibles, group of funk music
  • Los Chamos, teen music group
  • Luis José Santander, actor
  • Lupita Ferrer, actress
  • Majandra Delfino, actress and singer
  • Marger Sealey, singer, contestant at Protagonistas De La Musica
  • Maria Conchita Alonso, Cuban born Venezuelan citizen, actress
  • Maria Margarita de Vargas y Santaella, Venezuelan heiress
  • Mariangel Ruiz, actress, model, former Miss Venezuela, hostees
  • Maricarmen Regueiro, actress
  • Mayré Martínez, Latin American Idol season 1 winner
  • Miguel de León, actor
  • Natalia Streignard, Actress
  • Orlando Urdaneta, actor
  • Oscar D'Leon, Salsa music singer
  • Patricia Velásquez, actress and fashion model
  • Ricardo Montaner, Argentinian born Venezuela citizen, singer
  • Rita Verreos, former Miss Vargas (1988), model and competitor in reality tv show Survivor
  • Rudy Cárdenas, American Idol (season 6), top 24 contestant
  • Sabrina Salvador, TV Host
  • Sandro Finoglio, model/actor
  • Sonya Smith, half American, half Venezuelan actress
  • Uff!, teen music group
  • Vanessa Neumann Donnelly, well-known socialite/model
  • Veronica Schneider, actress and model
  • Veruska Ramirez, model
  • Viviana Gibelli, television host
  • Wilmer Valderrama, actor (That '70s Show)

Filmmakers

  • Fina Torres, Oriana (1985), Mécaniques célestes (1995), Woman on Top (2000)
  • Solveig Hoogesteijn, Santera (1994), Maroa (2005)

Medicine

  • Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan born American, Nobel Prize of Medicine in (1980)
  • José Gregorio Hernández, physician and religious figure
  • José María Vargas, modernized the Medicine studies in Venezuela
  • Marcel Roche, physician and educator
  • Tobías Lasser, botanist, founder of the Botanic Garden of Caracas

Mountaineers

  • José Antonio Delgado, first Venezuelan climber to summit five eight-thousanders

Musicians

  • Alberto Naranjo, Orchestra conductor, arranger, composer
  • Aldemaro Romero, Orchestra conductor, arranger, composer
  • Aldo Abreu, Baroque Recorder virtuoso
  • Alfredo Sadel, Singer-Songwriter
  • Alirio Diaz, Guitarist
  • Ángel Sauce, classical musician
  • Anselmo López, bandola player
  • Antonio Estévez, composer
  • Antonio Lauro, guitarist
  • Armando Molero, composer and singer
  • Billo Frómeta, Orchestra conductor, arranger, composer
  • Cheo Hurtado, cuatro Player
  • Conny Méndez, singer, composer and writer
  • Devendra Banhart, Singer-Songwriter
  • Edgar Bastidas, Lirico-Spinto tenor
  • Eduardo Marturet, Orchestra Conductor
  • Eduardo Serrano, folk musician
  • Edward Pulgar, violinist and conductor
  • Eneas Perdomo, folk musician
  • Enrique Hidalgo, composer
  • Evencio Castellanos, pianist
  • Floria Márquez, singer
  • Francisco de Paula Aguirre, composer
  • Francisco Pacheco, folk singer
  • Franco de Vita, Singer-Songwriter
  • Fredy Reyna, cuatro player
  • Fulgencio Aquino, folk musician and composer
  • Gerry Weil, Piano Player, Composer
  • Graciela Naranjo, Bolero singer and actress
  • Gualberto Ibarreto, folk singer
  • Gustavo Dudamel, orchestra leader
  • Heraclio Fernández, composer, creator of El Diablo Suelto
  • Hernán Gamboa, cuatro player
  • Huáscar Barradas, Flute player, composer
  • Hugo Blanco, Composer, harpist
  • Humberto Bruni Lamanna, classical guitar player
  • Ignacio Figueredo, folk musician
  • Inocente Carreño, classical musician
  • José Ángel Lamas, composer
  • José Ángel Montero, composer
  • José Antonio Abreu, classical musician
  • José Catire Carpio, singer
  • José Luis Rodríguez "El Puma", pop singer
  • Juan Bautista Plaza, classical musician
  • Juan Carlos Salazar, singer, cuatro player and composer
  • Juan Vicente Torrealba folk musician
  • Laudelino Mejías, composer
  • Lorenzo Herrera, composer and singer
  • Luis Alfonzo Larrain, Orchaestra conductor, arranger, composer
  • Luis Mariano Rivera, Composer
  • María Rodríguez, folk singer
  • María Teresa Chacín, singer
  • Mario Suárez, folk singer
  • Moisés Moleiro, composer
  • Morella Muñoz, notable singer
  • Oscar D'León, Singer-Songwriter
  • Otilio Galíndez, composer
  • Otmaro Ruiz, pianist and composer
  • Pedro Antonio Ríos Reyna, classical musician
  • Pedro Elías Gutiérrez, composer and conductor
  • Pedro Eustache, flautist
  • Rafael Rincón González, composer and singer
  • Reynaldo Armas, Composer, singer
  • Reynaldo Hahn, French-Venezuelan composer
  • Ricardo Aguirre, composer and singer
  • Ricardo Montaner, Singer-Songwriter
  • Rodrigo Riera, guitarist
  • Rubén Domínguez, Lirico-Spinto tenor
  • Simón Díaz, Composer, popular singer
  • Soledad Bravo, folk singer
  • Teresa Carreño, 19th century pianist, singer and composer
  • Vicente Emilio Sojo, classical musician
  • Victor Guillermo Ramos Rangel, classical musician
  • Vidal Colmenares, joropo singer
  • Vytas Brenner, keyboardist, composer

Politicians

  • Alí Rodríguez Araque, diplomat and Hugo Chávez cabinet member
  • Antonio Guzmán Blanco, President
  • Antonio José de Sucre, Grand Marshal of Ayacucho and president of Bolivia (1826-1828)
  • Carlos Andrés Pérez, president/Deposed for been caught stealing (1974-1979) and (1989-1993)
  • Cipriano Castro, Venezuelan President (1899-1908)
  • Douglas Bravo, former Venezuelan guerrilla leader, currently heads the political Third Road Movement group
  • Eleazar López Contreras, Military General and President, renewed Venezuelan politics after the Juan Vicente Gómez rule
  • Francisco de Miranda, Generalísimo veteran of the US and French revolutions, and Venezuela's wars of independence
  • Irene Sáez (born 1961), mayor of Chacao and governor of Nueva Esparta Miss-Universe (1981)
  • Isaías Medina Angarita, Military officer and President of Venezuela; last president of the short lived parliamentary democracy experiment (1941-1945)
  • José Antonio Páez (1790-1873), Venezuelan general and President
  • José Vicente Rangel, Venezuelan journalist and politician
  • Juan Crisóstomo Falcón, Venezuelan President
  • Juan José Flores, Creator of the Republic of Ecuador
  • Juan Manuel Sucre Figarella, Venezuelan General and commander
  • Juan Vicente Gómez, Venezuelan General and Dictator (1908-1935)
  • Manuel Rosales, Governor of Zulia, former presidential candidate and currently a leader in the opposition
  • Marcos Pérez Jiménez (1914-2001), Military officer and President of Venezuela; sometimes referred to as the last Caudillo (1952-1958)
  • Rafael Caldera, President (1969-1974 and 1994-1999)and founder of COPEI
  • Rómulo Betancourt, Venezuelan president and a founder of AD
  • Rómulo Gallegos, Writer, President, Minister of Education, Congressman, and Mayor of Caracas
  • Simón Bolívar (1783-1830), Venezuelan military commander and Father of the Nation
  • Teodoro Petkoff, ex-guerrilla fighter, Minister of Cordiplan, and journalist
  • Wolfgang Larrazábal, Military officer and Interim President (1958-1959)

Science

  • Carlota Perez, technology scholar and economist
  • Humberto Fernández Morán, inventor of the diamond scalpel
  • Manuel Blum, winner of the Turing Award
  • William H. Phelps, ornithologist and founder of RCTV

Sports

  • Alejandro Moreno, Soccer player
  • Alex Carrasquel, Major League Baseball player
  • Andrés Galarraga, retired Major League Baseball player
  • Betulio González, World champion boxing|boxer
  • Bo Diaz, retired Major League Baseball player
  • Bobby Abreu, Major League Baseball player
  • Carl Herrera, NBA player
  • Carlos Guillén, Major League Baseball player
  • Carlos Zambrano, Major League Baseball player
  • Cesar Izturis, Major League Baseball player
  • César Tovar, Major League Baseball player
  • Chico Carrasquel, Major League Baseball player
  • Chucho Ramos, Major League Baseball player
  • Dave Concepción, retired Major League Baseball player
  • Edwin Valero, boxer
  • Ernesto Jose Viso, F1 pilot
  • Giovanni Savarese, soccer player
  • Greivis Vasquez, NCAA basketball player
  • Jimy Szymanski, tennis
  • Johan Santana, Major League Baseball player, two time Cy Young Award winner
  • Jose Rujano, cyclist
  • Juan Arango, soccer player
  • Lorenzo Parra, boxer
  • Luis "Lumumba" Estaba, World champion boxer
  • Luis Aparicio, retired Major League Baseball player, Hall of Fame member
  • Magglio Ordóñez, Major League Baseball player
  • Manny Sarmiento, retired Major League Baseball player
  • Manny Trillo, Major League Baseball player
  • Melvin Mora, Major League Baseball player
  • Miguel Cabrera, Major League Baseball player
  • Omar Vizquel, Major League Baseball player
  • Ozzie Guillén, Major League Baseball manager and former player
  • Pompeyo Davalillo, Major League Baseball player
  • Rafael Vidal, competitive swimmer
  • Ramon Hernandez, Major League Baseball player
  • Richard Paez, Coach of the national soccer team
  • Serge Blanco, Rugby Union player
  • Tony Armas, Jr., Major League Baseball player
  • Tony Armas, retired Major League Baseball player
  • Ugueth Urbina, Major League Baseball player
  • Vic Davalillo, Major League Baseball player
  • Wilfredo Ledezma, Major League Baseball player
  • Yaxeni Oriquen, IFBB pro female bodybuilder & reigning Ms Olympia