List of Famous people born in Azerbaijan
Garry Kimovich Kasparov is a Russian chess grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist and commentator. From 1984 until his retirement in 2005, Kasparov was ranked world No. 1 for 255 months overall for his career. His peak rating of 2851, achieved in 1999, was the highest recorded until being surpassed by Magnus Carlsen in 2013. Kasparov also holds records for the most consecutive professional tournament victories (15) and Chess Oscars (11).
Vladimir Valentinovich Menshov is a Soviet and Russian actor and film director. He is noted for depicting the Russian everyman and working class life in his films.
Telman Mardanovich Ismailov is an Azerbaijani-born businessman and entrepreneur of Mountain Jewish origin. Since Azerbaijan does not allow dual citizenship, he holds Russian-Turkish citizenship. He is the chairman of the Russian AST Group of companies, which is active in many countries. Until 2009, Ismailov owned the Europe's then-largest marketplace, Cherkizovsky Market, located in Moscow, Russia.
Larisa Aleksandrovna Dolina is an Azerbaijani-born prominent Russian jazz and pop singer and an actress. She was awarded the Order of Honour in 2005.
Yevgeny Vaganovich Petrosyan is a Soviet/Russian comedian of Armenian and Jewish descents. He was named in 2005 among the most influential figures in contemporary Russia, in a survey conducted by independent polling agency The Levada Centre. Popular since the days of the USSR, Petrosyan was the host of TV variety show Crooked Mirror.
Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev is the fourth and current president of Azerbaijan, serving in the post since 31 October 2003.
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Isabel dos Santos is an Angolan businesswoman, Africa's richest woman (2013-2020) and the eldest child of Angola's former President José Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the country from 1979 to 2017. In 2013, according to Forbes, her net worth had exceeded US$2 billion making her Africa's first female US dollar billionaire. Forbes described how dos Santos acquired her wealth by taking stakes in companies doing business in Angola, suggesting that her wealth comes almost entirely from her family's power and connections. In November 2015, the BBC named dos Santos as one of the 100 most influential women in the world.
Yuli Solomonovich Gusman is a Soviet, Russian and Azerbaijani film director and actor. He is the founder and CEO of the prestigious Nika Award.
Polad Bülbüloğlu is a Soviet and Azerbaijani singer, actor, politician, and diplomat. Bülbüloğlu became famous in the Soviet Union with composing jazz-influenced pop songs which has heavy Azeri folk feelings in Russian and Azerbaijani languages. He also sang his own songs. Three of his songs became Songs of the Year and he received numerous prestigious awards in the Soviet Union. Bülbüloğlu is a lyrical tenor.
Nesrin Cavadzade is a Turkish actress of Azerbaijani origin.She is known for her supporting role Tülay Sertkaya in TV series Bizim Hikaye.
Emmanuil Gedeonovich Vitorgan is a Soviet, Russian film and theater actor, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1990). People's Artist of Russia (1998). He acted in over a hundred films.
Serzh Azati Sargsyan is an Armenian politician who served twice as the Prime Minister of Armenia and was the third President of Armenia, from 2008 to 2018. He won the February 2008 presidential election with the backing of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, a party in which he serves as chairman, and took office in April 2008. On 18 February 2013, he was re-elected as president and served the entire term.
Arsen Borysovych Avakov is a Ukrainian politician and businessman. Since 2014, he has served as Ukraine's Minister of Internal Affairs, first being appointed in the first cabinet of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He was reappointed to the same position by every successive government since then, most recently in March 2020 in the Shmyhal Government led by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. Between 2005 and 2010 Avakov was Governor of Kharkiv Oblast. In 2013, Avakov was 118th richest person in Ukraine worth 100 million dollars.
Ramil Guliyev is an Azerbaijani-born naturalized Turkish sprinter. He competes in the 100 metres and 200 metres events. At the 2017 World Championships, Guliyev became World Champion in the men's 200 metre race, winning Turkey's first ever gold medal in the World Championships. His club is Fenerbahçe Athletics. In 2018, he won the gold medal in the 200 m event at the European Championships.
Mehriban Arif qizi Aliyeva is an Azerbaijani physician and ophthalmologist, the first Vice President and First Lady of Azerbaijan, the head of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the chairperson of Azerbaijani Culture Friends Foundation, the President of Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation, and the goodwill ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO.
Yaqub Abdulla oglu Eyyubov is an Azerbaijani politician who has been First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan since 2003.
Aras Iskenderovich Agalarov is an Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire businessman, property developer, public figure, and author. The United States Senate Intelligence Committee found in 2020 that Agalarov has significant ties to Russian organized crime.
Alexander Dmitryevich Beglov ; born 19 May 1956 in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR ) is a Russian politician. He was appointed acting Governor of Saint Petersburg on 3 October 2018. In the 2019 Saint Petersburg gubernatorial election Beglov won with 64.43% of the votes.
Samira Azer gizi Efendiyeva, known as Samira Efendi or Efendi, is an Azerbaijani singer.