List of Famous people born in Haiti
Jovenel Moïse is a Haitian entrepreneur and politician serving as the 42nd President of Haiti. Final official results had shown him as the winner of the November 2016 election. In 2019, political unrest and calls for his resignation became a crisis.
Garcelle Beauvais is a Haitian-American actress, television personality, author, and former fashion model. She is best known for her starring roles in the sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show and the crime drama series NYPD Blue. She also appeared in the films Coming to America (1988), White House Down (2013), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). In 2020, Beauvais became a main cast member of the reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She also co-hosts the daytime talk show The Real alongside Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, and Jeannie Mai.
Stevenson Adonis, best known as Adonis Stevenson, is a Haitian Canadian former professional boxer who competed from 2006 to 2018. He won the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal light-heavyweight titles in 2013 by defeating Chad Dawson by first-round knockout, which earned him awards for Fighter of the Year and Knockout of the Year by The Ring.
Martine Marie Étienne Moïse is the former First Lady of Haiti and the widow of President Jovenel Moïse. She served as the country's first lady from February 2017 until the assassination of her husband on 7 July 2021. Moïse was wounded in the same attack at their home in Pétion-Ville.
Bermane Stiverne is a Haitian-Canadian professional boxer who held the WBC heavyweight title for an 8-month period between 2014-2015.
Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor, also known as Fingerprints, is a Haitian musician and hip-hop music producer. Azor is best known for discovering and producing the hip–hop trio Salt-N-Pepa and the rap duo Kid 'n Play.
Nel Ust Wyclef Jean is a Haitian rapper, musician and actor. At the age of nine, Jean immigrated to the United States with his family. He first achieved fame as a member of the New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees. Jean has won three Grammy Awards for his musical work.
Dany Laferrière is a Haitian-Canadian novelist and journalist who writes in French. He was elected to seat 2 of the Académie française on 12 December 2013, and inducted in May 2015.
Jean-Thenistor Pascal is a Haitian Canadian professional boxer. He has held the WBA (Regular) light-heavyweight title since October 2019, previously holding the WBC, IBO, The Ring and lineal light-heavyweight titles between 2009 and 2011, and once challenging for the WBC super-middleweight title in 2008.
Michel Joseph Martelly is a Haitian singer and former politician who served as the President of Haiti from May 2011 until February 2016. He is from Côte-de-fer, a commune located in the South East of Haiti. Martelly was one of Haiti's best-known musicians for over a decade, going by the stage name Sweet Micky. For business and musical reasons, Martelly has moved a number of times between the United States and Haiti. When travelling to the United States, Martelly mostly stays in Florida. After his presidency, Martelly returned to his former band and sang a carnival meringue entitled "Bal Bannan nan", as a mocking response to Liliane Pierre Paul, a famous Haitian female journalist in Port-au-prince.
Wadeline Jonathas is an American track and field athlete. She won gold medal in the women's 4x400 meters event at the 2019 World Athletics Championships and finished in 4th place in the 400 meters, in 49.60 seconds. Jonathas represents United States in women's 400 meters at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Skal Labissière is a Haitian professional basketball player. He graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee, before playing one season of college basketball for Kentucky. Labissière has also played for the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers.
Philippe Kieffer, capitaine de frégate in the French Navy, was a French officer and political personality, and a hero of the Free French Forces.
Jocelerme Privert is a Haitian accountant, bureaucrat, and a former provisional President of Haiti.
Louis Kevin Celestin, known by his stage name Kaytranada, is a Haitian-Canadian DJ and record producer. Celestin rose to prominence after releasing a series of mixtapes, remixes, and original music projects beginning in 2010 under the alias Kaytradamus. By 2013, and under the moniker Kaytranada, he began gaining wider recognition and, the following year, signed a deal with XL Recordings, with whom he would release his critically acclaimed debut studio album 99.9% in 2016. In 2019, he released its follow-up, Bubba, for which he won two Grammy Awards including Best Dance/Electronic Album. Celestin is one half of the hip hop duo The Celestics, along with his brother Lou Phelps.
Bruny Surin is a Canadian track and field athlete, winner of a gold medal in the 4×100 metres relay at the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2008 he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 1996 Summer Olympics 4x100 relay team. In the 100 metres, he has broken the 10-second barrier multiple times and holds a personal record of 9.84 seconds.
Pierre Desir is an American football cornerback who is a free agent. He played college football at Lindenwood and Washburn, and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has also played for the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, and New York Jets.
Cady Lalanne is a Haitian professional basketball player for Changwon LG Sakers of the Korean Basketball League. He played college basketball for the UMass Minutemen.
Michaëlle Jean is a Canadian stateswoman and former journalist who served as Governor General of Canada from 2005 to 2010, the 27th since Canadian Confederation. She is the first Haitian Canadian to hold this office.
Lucknerson Mervil is a Haitian-Canadian actor and singer-songwriter. He is known for support of Quebec independence, and was named Patriot of the Year 2004 by the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society.