List of Famous people born in Ivory Coast
Cheick Ismaël Tioté French pronunciation: [ʃɛik ismaɛl tjote]) was an Ivorian professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. After playing for FC Bibo in his hometown of Yamoussoukro, he made his professional debut in 2005 with Belgium's Anderlecht. In 2008, after a loan at Roda JC, he joined Dutch club FC Twente, winning the Eredivisie in his second season. After that, he signed for Newcastle United in England for a fee of £3.5 million. Tioté played 156 games for Newcastle over six-and-a-half seasons, scoring one goal. In February 2017, he joined Beijing Enterprises of the China League One. He died of cardiac arrest in June 2017, during a training session, aged 30.
Gnégnéri Yaya Touré is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder and last played for Chinese Super League club Qingdao Huanghai.
Serge Alain Stéphane Aurier is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a right back for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the Ivory Coast national team.
Kolo Abib Touré is an Ivorian football coach and former footballer. He played as a defender for Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Celtic and the Ivory Coast national team. He is currently a first team coach at Leicester City as well as a member of the coaching staff for the Ivory Coast national team.
Alassane Dramane Ouattara is an Ivorian politician who has been President of Ivory Coast since 2010. An economist by profession, Ouattara worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Central Bank of West African States, and he was the Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire from November 1990 to December 1993, appointed to that post by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. Ouattara became the President of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR), an Ivorian political party, in 1999.
Koudou Laurent Gbagbo is an Ivorian politician who was the President of Côte d'Ivoire from 2000 until his arrest in April 2011. A historian, Gbagbo was imprisoned in the early 1970s and again in the early 1990s, and he lived in exile in France during much of the 1980s as a result of his union activism. Gbagbo founded the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) in 1982 and ran unsuccessfully for president against Félix Houphouët-Boigny at the start of multi-party politics in 1990. He won a seat in the National Assembly of Côte d'Ivoire in 1990.
Charles Konan Banny was an Ivorian politician, who served as prime minister from 7 December 2005 until 4 April 2007.
Franck Yannick Kessié is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Italian club Milan and the Ivory Coast national team.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League club Everton and the Ivory Coast national team. He is a former youth international for France.
Aké Arnaud Loba is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Liga MX club Monterrey.