List of Famous people born in Israel
Gal Gadot Varsano is an Israeli actress, producer, and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a soldier, after which she began studying at the IDC Herzliya college, while building her modelling and acting careers.
Mohamed Anwar Hadid is a Jordanian-American real estate developer of Palestinian origin. He is known for building luxury hotels and mansions, mainly in the Bel Air neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles County, California.
Benjamin Netanyahu is an Israeli politician who has served as Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, and previously served from 1996 to 1999. Netanyahu is also the Chairman of the Likud – National Liberal Movement. He is the longest-serving Prime Minister in Israeli history and the first to be born in Israel after its Israeli Declaration of Independence.
Yvan Attal is an Israeli-French actor, scriptwriter and director.
Shira Haas is an Israeli actress. She initially gained national prominence for her roles in local film and television, having won two Israeli Academy Awards out of five nominations since 2014. In 2020, she gained international acclaim for her role in the Netflix miniseries Unorthodox, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. In the same year, Haas won the Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best International Actress for her performance in the 2020 Israeli drama film Asia.
Philippe Lellouche is a French actor, director, screenwriter, television presenter and singer. He was born on March 30, 1966 in Tel HaShomer in Israel. His brother is the actor Gilles Lellouche.
Denis Shapovalov is a Canadian professional tennis player. Shapovalov is currently ranked 12th in the world, and was the youngest to crack the top 30 since 2005. His career-high ATP singles ranking is No. 10 in the world. He is currently the seventh youngest player ranked within the ATP top 100, behind his Canadian compatriot Félix Auger-Aliassime, Serbian Miomir Kecmanović, Australian Alexei Popyrin, Frenchman Corentin Moutet, Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Italian Jannik Sinner.
Gene Klein, known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, author and television personality. Also known by his stage persona the Demon, he is the bassist and co-lead singer of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded with lead singer and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley in the early 1970s.
Inbar Lavi is an Israeli actress. She is known for portraying Raviva on the 2012 MTV series Underemployed, Vee on the 2014 Fox television series Gang Related, and Sheba on the Fox series Prison Break. Lavi starred in the 2017–2018 Bravo television series Imposters, and played Eve in the fourth season of the Netflix series Lucifer.
Naftali Bennett is an Israeli politician who led the Jewish Home party between 2012 and 2018 and currently serves as an MK for New Right. Between 2013 and 2015, he held the posts of Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Minister of Economy and Minister of Religious Services. From 2015 he continued as Minister of Disapora Affairs and became Minister of Education. From 2019 to 2020 he was Minister of Defense
Karine Elharrar-Hartstein is an Israeli lawyer and politician who currently serves as Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources. She was previously a member of the Knesset for Yesh Atid from 2013 to 2021.
Esther Zaied, better known by her married name Esther Ofarim, is an Israeli singer. She came second in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "T'en va pas", representing Switzerland. After marrying Abi Ofarim in 1958, she was half of the husband-and-wife folk duo Esther & Abi Ofarim in the 1960s. After the couple divorced, she undertook a successful solo career.
Bar Refaeli is an Israeli model, television host, actress, and entrepreneur. She is considered among the most internationally successful models to come from Israel, appearing on the cover of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and being voted No. 1 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list of 2012. As a television host, Refaeli has hosted The X Factor Israel since 2013 and co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.
Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli public intellectual, historian and a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of the popular science bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014), Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016), and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018). His writings examine free will, consciousness, intelligence, happiness and suffering.
Netta Barzilai, also known mononymously as Netta, is an Israeli singer, recording artist and looping artist. After winning the fifth season of HaKokhav HaBa, she earned the right to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. On 12 May 2018, she won the contest, held in Lisbon, Portugal, with her song "Toy", marking Israel's fourth win in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Eran Zahavi is an Israeli professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or as a striker for PSV Eindhoven and the Israel national football team.
Neri Oxman is an American–Israeli designer and professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she leads the Mediated Matter research group. She is known for art and architecture that combine design, biology, computing, and materials engineering.
Dov "Dovaleh" Glickman is an Israeli film, television and theatre actor.
Nikita Ilyich Khaykin is an Israeli-born Russian association footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bodø/Glimt.
Offer Shlomi, better known as Vince Offer, Vince Shlomi, "The ShamWow Guy", or "The Slap Chop Guy", is an Israeli-American infomercial pitchman, director, writer, and comedian. Offer's first major work was the 1999 comedy film The Underground Comedy Movie. Offer owns, produces, and appears in television commercials for his products "ShamWow!", an absorbent towel; the "Slap Chop", a kitchen utensil; a lint roller called the "Schticky"; a liquid cleaner called "InVinceable"; and another kitchen utensil called "Crank Chop". He has also officially advertised other products that he does not own, such as Quicky Grass.