List of Famous People Born in Iran

Iran, also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan, to the southeast by Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. Its central location in Eurasia and proximity to the Strait of Hormuz give it significant geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital and largest city, as well as the leading economic and cultural hub; it is also the most populous city in Western Asia, with more than 8.8 million residents, and up to 15 million including the metropolitan area. With 83 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 17th most populous country. Spanning 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), it is the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world.

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1. Qasem Soleimani

Qasem Soleimani
Male. Iranian senior military officer
First Name: Qasem
Born on March 11, 1957
Died on January 3, 2020 (aged 62)

2. Beneil Dariush

Beneil Dariush
Male. Iranian martial artist
First Name: Beneil
Born on May 6, 1989 (age 33)
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3. Alireza Firouzja

Alireza Firouzja
Male. French-Iranian chess player
First Name: Alireza
Born on June 18, 2003 (age 19)
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4. Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett
Female. American businesswoman and a former government official
First Name: Valerie
Last Name: Jarrett
Born on November 14, 1956 (age 65)
Born in Iran, Fars Province
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5. Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh

Zahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh
Female. Persian princess and memoirist of the Qajar Dynasty.
First Name: Zahra
Last Name: Es-Saltaneh
Born on February 14, 1883
Died on January 25, 1936 (aged 52)
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6. Mandana Karimi

Mandana Karimi
Female. India-based Iranian actress and model
First Name: Mandana
Born on March 29, 1988 (age 34)
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7. Nasim Pedrad

Nasim Pedrad
Female. American-Iranian actress and comedian
First Name: Nasim
Last Name: Pedrad
Born on November 18, 1981 (age 40)
Height: 163 cm | 5'4
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8. Abulhassan Banisadr

Abulhassan Banisadr
Male. Iranian politician and economist, and Iran's first President
First Name: Abulhassan
Born on March 22, 1933
Died on October 9, 2021 (aged 88)
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9. Ali Khamenei

Ali Khamenei
Male. Supreme Leader of Iran since 1989
First Name: Ali
Last Name: Khamenei
Born on April 19, 1939 (age 83)
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10. Omid Nouripour

Omid Nouripour
Male. Iranian-German politician
First Name: Omid
Born on June 18, 1975 (age 47)
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11. Ramin Karimloo

Ramin Karimloo
Male. Iranian-Canadian actor, singer and composer
First Name: Ramin
Last Name: Karimloo
Born on September 19, 1978 (age 44)
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12. Enissa Amani

Enissa Amani
Female. German comedian and television presenter
First Name: Enissa
Born on December 8, 1983 (age 38)
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13. Omar Khayyám

Omar Khayyám
Male. Persian mathematician and poet (1048–1131)
First Name: Omar
Last Name: Khayyám
Died on December 4, 1131

14. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Male. Shah of Iran from 1941 to 1979
First Name: Mohammad
Last Name: Pahlavi
Born on October 26, 1919
Died on July 27, 1980 (aged 60)
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15. Ali Daei

Ali Daei
Male. Iranian football player
First Name: Ali
Last Name: Daei
Born on March 21, 1969 (age 53)
Height: 192 cm | 6'4
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16. Hossein Vafaei

Male. Iranian snooker player
First Name: Hossein
Last Name: Vafaei
Born on September 14, 1994 (age 28)
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17. Golshifteh Farahani

Golshifteh Farahani
Female. Iranian actress and musician
First Name: Golshifteh
Born on July 10, 1983 (age 39)
Height: 167 cm | 5'6
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18. Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani
Female. Iranian mathematician
First Name: Maryam
Last Name: Mirzakhani
Died on July 14, 2017 (aged 47)

19. Makwan Amirkhani

Male. Finnish mixed martial arts fighter
First Name: Makwan
Born on November 8, 1988 (age 33)
Height: 178 cm | 5'10
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20. Hassan Yazdani

Hassan Yazdani
Male. Iranian sportsperson
First Name: Hassan
Last Name: Yazdani
Born on December 28, 1994 (age 27)
Height: 181 cm | 5'11
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