List of Famous people born in Estonia

Valeri Karpin

First Name Valeri
Last Name Karpin
Born on February 2, 1969 (age 54)
Height 185 cm | 6'1

Valery Georgiyevich Karpin is a Russian football manager and former player who manages FC Rostov and the Russia national team. He is a former midfielder, primarily a right midfielder.

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Anett Kontaveit

First Name Anett
Born on December 24, 1995 (age 27)
Height 174 cm | 5'9

Anett Kontaveit is an Estonian professional tennis player.

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Kaja Kallas

First Name Kaja
Born on June 18, 1977 (age 45)

Kaja Kallas is an Estonian politician and the current Prime Minister of Estonia. Sworn in on 26 January 2021, she is the first woman to serve in the position. She has been the leader of the Reform Party since 2018 and a member of the Riigikogu since 2019 and previously from 2011 to 2014. Kallas served as Member of the European Parliament from 2014 to 2018, representing the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Before her election to parliament, she was an attorney specialising in European and Estonian competition law.

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Peeter Olesk

First Name Peeter
Born on December 25, 1953
Died on November 25, 2021 (aged 67)

Peeter Olesk was an Estonian literary scholar and politician.

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Patriarch Alexius II

Alexeï Mikhailovitch Ridiger
First Name Patriarch
Born on February 23, 1929
Died on December 5, 2008 (aged 79)

Patriarch Alexy II was the 15th Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus', the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Natalja Zabijako

First Name Natalja
Born on August 15, 1994 (age 28)
Height 164 cm | 5'5

Natalia Aleksandrovna Zabiiako is a Russian-Estonian former competitive pair skater. Competing for Russia with Alexander Enbert, she was the 2019 World bronze medalist, 2018 European bronze medalist, 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki champion, 2018 NHK Trophy champion, 2016 Rostelecom Cup silver medalist, and three-time Russian national medalist.

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Ragnar Klavan

First Name Ragnar
Born on October 30, 1985 (age 37)
Height 187 cm | 6'2

Ragnar Klavan is an Estonian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Italian club Cagliari and captains the Estonia national team. A left-footed centre back, he has also played as a left back during his career.

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Irina Leonova

Ирина Юрьевна Леонова
First Name Irina

Irina Yuryevna Leonova is a Russian theater and film actress.

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Kaia Kanepi

First Name Kaia
Born on June 10, 1985 (age 37)
Height 181 cm | 5'11

Kaia Kanepi is an Estonian professional tennis player. She achieved her career-high ranking of world No. 15 on August 20, 2012 and has won four singles titles on the WTA Tour.

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Kersti Kaljulaid

First Name Kersti
Born on December 30, 1969 (age 53)

Kersti Kaljulaid is an Estonian politician who is the fifth and current President of Estonia, in office since 10 October 2016. She is the first female head of state of Estonia since the country declared independence in 1918, as well as the youngest ever President, age 46 at the time of her election.

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Kirill Käro

First Name Kirill
Born on February 24, 1975 (age 48)

Kirill Valerievich Käro is a Russian-Estonian actor. He is best known for playing the lead character in 32 episodes of The Sniffer (2013-2017), as George Safronov in 16 episodes of Netflix robot sci-fi Better than Us (2019), and as Sergey in the zombie television series To the Lake (2020).

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Anna Hedvig Büll

Anna Hedwig Bühl
First Name Anna
Last Name Büll
Born on February 4, 1887
Died on October 3, 1981 (aged 94)

Anna Hedvig Büll was a Baltic German missionary from Estonia, who helped to save the lives of several thousand Armenian orphans during the Armenian genocide.

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Maicel Uibo

First Name Maicel
Born on December 27, 1992 (age 30)

Maicel Uibo is an Estonian decathlete. While competing for the University of Georgia, he won the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Decathlon championships. Uibo won the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships, setting his personal best in the event with 8604 points.

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Grete Šadeiko

First Name Grete
Born on May 29, 1993 (age 29)

Grete Šadeiko Griffin is an Estonian heptathlete. At the 2010 World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada she placed fourth with her personal record 5705 points, just one point behind Helga Margrét Thorsteinsdóttir. In the fall of 2012, she joined Florida State University.

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Konstantin Päts

First Name Konstantin
Last Name Päts
Died on January 18, 1956

Konstantin Päts was the most influential politician of interwar Estonia, and served five times as the country's head of government. He was one of the first Estonians to become active in politics and started an almost 40-year political rivalry with Jaan Tõnisson, first through journalism with his newspaper Teataja, later through politics. He was condemned to death during the 1905 Revolution, but managed to flee first to Switzerland, then to Finland, where he continued his literary work. He returned to Estonia, but had to spend time in prison in 1910–1911.

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Yekaterina Volkova

Екатерина Валерьевна Волкова
First Name Yekaterina
Born on January 15, 1982 (age 41)

Yekaterina Valeryevna Volkova is a Russian actress of theater, film and television. She is known for her television role in a Russian sitcom Voronin's Family (Воронины) — adaptation of the American TV series Everybody Loves Raymond.

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Leo Komarov

First Name Leo
Last Name Komarov
Born on January 23, 1987 (age 36)
Height 180 cm | 5'11

Leonid Aleksandrovich Komarov is a Finnish–Russian professional ice hockey centre for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). A natural centre early in his career, Komarov has made the transition to being able to play all three forward positions.

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Anton Vaino

First Name Anton
Last Name Vaino
Born on February 17, 1972 (age 51)

Anton Eduardovich Vaino is a Russian diplomat and politician. Currently he is the Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office. Vaino is the grandson of the former First Secretary of the Communist Party of Estonia Karl Vaino.

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Kaido Höövelson

First Name Kaido
Last Name Höövelson
Born on November 5, 1984 (age 38)

Baruto Kaito is an Estonian politician and former professional sumo wrestler. Making his debut in May 2004, he reached the top division after just two years in sumo in May 2006. After suffering a number of injury problems in 2007 which delayed his progress, he reached the third-highest rank of sekiwake in November 2008, and was promoted to ōzeki rank after finishing the March 2010 tournament with a score of 14–1. He was a tournament runner-up four times before recording a top division championship in the 2012 January tournament. During his career Baruto also earned five special prizes for Fighting Spirit, one for Outstanding Performance and one for Technique. He lost his ōzeki rank after more injury problems at the end of 2012, and having fallen greatly in rank after withdrawing from the May 2013 tournament, he announced his retirement in September of that year at the age of 28.

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Andreas Meyer-Landrut

First Name Andreas
Last Name Meyer-Landrut
Born on May 31, 1929 (age 93)

Andreas Meyer-Landrut is a former German diplomat. He was West Germany's ambassador to the Soviet Union in Moscow from 1980 to 1983 and again from 1987 to 1989. He also served as the chief of staff to the office of the President of Germany during the presidency of Richard von Weizsäcker from 1989 to 1994.

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