List of Famous people born in Barbados
Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, actress, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados, Rihanna was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers who invited her to the United States to record demo tapes. After signing with Def Jam in 2005, she soon gained recognition with the release of her first two studio albums, Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl like Me (2006), both of which were influenced by Caribbean music and peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 chart.
Dame Sandra Prunella Mason, GCMG, DA, QC is a Barbadian politician and lawyer who is the eighth and current Governor-General of Barbados since 2018 and the president-elect of Barbados, due to take office on 30 November 2021, when the country, under the direct proposal of Prime Minister Mia Mottley, will abolish its monarchy and become a republic.
Jofra Chioke Archer is a Barbadian-born English cricketer representing England and Sussex. In April 2019, Archer was selected to play for the England team in limited overs fixtures against Ireland and Pakistan. He made his international debut for England in May 2019, and was part of the England squad that won the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He then made his Test debut later that summer, against Australia in the 2019 Ashes series. In April 2020, Archer was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
Joseph Saddler, popularly known by his stage name Grandmaster Flash, is an American hip hop recording artist and DJ. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of hip hop DJing, cutting, scratching and mixing. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming the first hip hop act to be honored. In 2019 he won the Polar Music Prize.
Carlos Ricardo Brathwaite is a cricketer from Barbados and a former captain of the West Indies Twenty20 International (T20I) team.
Obadele "Oba" Thompson is a Barbados-born former sprinter, lawyer, author, and speaker. He won Barbados' first and only Olympic medal as an independent country by placing third in the 100 metres at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He is a three-time Olympian, and a finalist at each Olympics. His personal best performances are 9.87 seconds for the 100 m, 19.97 seconds for the 200 metres, and 45.38 seconds for the 400 metres. He has held the indoor 55 metres world record since 1997.
Darian King is a Barbadian tennis player.
Sue Gardner is a Canadian journalist, not-for-profit executive and business executive. She was the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation from December 2007 until May 2014, and before that was the director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's website and online news outlets.
Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford, KA, PC is a Barbadian politician. He served as the fourth Prime Minister of Barbados from 1987 to 1994. As of 2010, Sir Lloyd is serving as Barbados' first resident ambassador in Beijing, China.
Cory Elius Fanus is a Barbadian badminton player. He was the men's doubles champion at the 2016 Suriname International tournament partnered with Dakeil Thorpe. Fanus represented his country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.