List of Famous people born in Hesse, Germany

Anne Frank

Annelies Marie Frank
First Name Anne
Last Name Frank
Born on June 12, 1929
Died on February 1, 1945 (aged 15)
Born in Germany, Hesse

Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank was a German-Dutch diarist of Jewish heritage. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl, in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world's best known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Florian Zimmer
First Name Hans
Last Name Zimmer
Born on September 12, 1957 (age 66)
Born in Germany, Hesse

Hans Florian Zimmer is a German film score composer and record producer. Zimmer's works are notable for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements. Since the 1980s, he has composed music for over 150 films. His works include The Lion King, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1995, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Interstellar, Gladiator, Crimson Tide, Inception, Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049, and The Dark Knight Trilogy. He has received four Grammy Awards, three Classical BRIT Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. He was also named on the list of Top 100 Living Geniuses, published by The Daily Telegraph.

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Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim

First Name Mai
Last Name Nguyen-Kim
Born in Germany, Hesse

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim is a German chemist, science communicator, television presenter and YouTuber. As of June 2020, she is a member of the senate of the Max Planck Society.

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Bettina Stark-Watzinger

Bettina Stark
First Name Bettina
Born on May 12, 1968 (age 55)
Born in Germany, Hesse

Bettina Stark-Watzinger is a German economist and politician of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) who has been serving as Minister of Education and Research in Chancellor Olaf Scholz's cabinet since 2021. She has been a member of the Bundestag from the state of Hesse since 2017. Since 2021, she has been the chairwoman of the FDP in Hesse.

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Helge Braun

First Name Helge
Born on October 18, 1972 (age 51)
Born in Germany, Hesse

Helge Reinhold Braun is a German medical doctor and politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

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Matthias Reim

First Name Matthias
Last Name Reim
Born on November 26, 1957 (age 66)
Born in Germany, Hesse

Matthias Reim is a German singer-songwriter. His 1990 single "Verdammt, ich lieb' dich", was a hit in several European countries, and spent sixteen consecutive weeks at the No.1 spot in the German charts. He unexpectedly returned 23 years later to No.1 on the charts with "Unendlich" in February 2013.

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Sebastian Vettel

First Name Sebastian
Last Name Vettel
Born on July 3, 1987 (age 36)
Born in Germany, Hesse
Height 174 cm | 5'9

Sebastian Vettel is a German racing driver who competes in Formula One for Aston Martin, having previously driven for BMW Sauber, Toro Rosso, Red Bull and Ferrari. Vettel has won four World Drivers' Championship titles which he won consecutively from 2010 to 2013. The sport's youngest World Champion, as of 2020, Vettel has the third most race victories (53) and podium finishes (121) and the fourth most pole positions (57).

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Benjamin List

First Name Benjamin
Last Name List
Born on January 11, 1968 (age 56)
Born in Germany, Hesse

Benjamin List, also known as Ben List, is a German chemist who is one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research and professor of organic chemistry at the University of Cologne. He co-developed organocatalysis, a method of accelerating chemical reactions and making them more efficient. He shared the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with David MacMillan "for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis".

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J Cole

Jermaine Lamarr Cole
First Name J
Last Name Cole
Born on January 28, 1985 (age 39)
Born in Germany, Hesse
Height 189 cm | 6'2

Jermaine Lamarr Cole is a German-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born on a military base in Germany and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cole initially gained recognition as a rapper following the release of his debut mixtape, The Come Up, in early 2007. Intent on further pursuing a musical career, he went on to release two additional mixtapes, The Warm Up (2009) and Friday Night Lights (2010) both to critical acclaim, after signing to Jay-Z's Roc Nation imprint in 2009.

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John McEnroe

First Name John
Last Name McEnroe
Born on February 16, 1959 (age 65)
Born in Germany, Hesse
Height 180 cm | 5'11

John Patrick McEnroe Jr. is a former professional American tennis player. He was known for his shot-making and volleying skills, in addition to confrontational on-court behavior that frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities.

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