List of Famous people born in Atlántico Department, Colombia
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Shakira has been referred to as the Queen of Latin Music and is noted for her versatility in music. She made her recording debut under Sony Music Colombia at the age of 13. Following the commercial failure of her first two Colombian albums, Magia (1991) and Peligro (1993), she rose to prominence in Hispanic countries with her next albums, Pies Descalzos (1995) and Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998). Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service (2001), which sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Buoyed by the international number-one singles "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes", the album propelled her reputation as a leading crossover artist.
Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, television producer, presenter and model. She has been the highest paid actress in American television for eight consecutive years, from 2013 to 2020.
Carlos Torres is a Colombian actor. The beginning of his debut on television in the Colombian drama series Padres e Hijos. His most notable roles in television have been in telenovelas such as Francisco el matemático: Clase 2017, The Queen of Flow, and All For Love.
Alex Nain Saab Morán is a Colombian-born businessman of Lebanese descent mentioned in the Panama Papers, who has also been mentioned in journalistic investigations for conducting businesses with an estimated amount of US$135 million with the Venezuelan government, unlike other Colombian businessmen who had to stop exporting to Venezuela, due to uncertainty regarding the payments and currency controls. Saab's name also appears in the FinCEN Files.
Joaquín Alberto Montecinos Naranjo is a Chilean footballer who currently plays for Audax Italiano.
Juan Fernando Quintero Paniagua is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Shenzhen F.C..
Paulina Vega Dieppa is a Colombian TV Host, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Colombia 2013 and Miss Universe 2014. Vega is the second Miss Universe from Colombia.
William J. "Will" Jimeno is an American author and retired Colombian American Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department officer who survived the September 11 attacks in 2001. He was buried under the rubble for a total of 13 hours, but survived, along with fellow Port Authority officer John McLoughlin. He has written two books regarding the experience.
Carlos Arturo Bacca Ahumada is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Villarreal.
Carmen Villalobos is a Colombian actress and model.