List of Famous people born in Kosovo

Famous People
Names and Surnames

Valon Behrami

First Name Valon
Last Name Behrami
Born on April 19, 1985 (age 37)
Height 184 cm | 6'0

Valon Behrami is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Genoa. His previous clubs include Stabio, Chiasso, Lugano, Genoa, Verona, Lazio, West Ham United, Fiorentina, Napoli, Hamburg, Watford, Udinese and Sion.

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Robin Krasniqi

First Name Robin
Last Name Krasniqi
Born on April 1, 1987 (age 35)
Height 186 cm | 6'1

Haxhi Krasniqi, known as Robin Krasniqi, is a German professional boxer. He has held the WBA interim and IBO light-heavyweight titles since 2020; at regional level he held the European super-middleweight title from 2018 to 2019, and has challenged twice for a full light-heavyweight world title in 2013 and 2015.

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Era Istrefi

First Name Era
Last Name Istrefi
Born on July 4, 1994 (age 28)

Era Istrefi is a Kosovo-Albanian singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Pristina, she rose to international recognition with the breakthrough single "BonBon", which drew comparisons to the musical works of Rihanna and Sia. Due to the success, she signed contracts with record labels Sony Music and subsequently with Ultra Music a month later.

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Luan Krasniqi

First Name Luan
Born on May 10, 1971 (age 51)

Luan Krasniqi is an Albanian-German actor and retired professional boxer. He held the European heavyweight title and also challenged for the WBO world heavyweight title.

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Lorik Cana

First Name Lorik
Born on July 27, 1983 (age 39)
Height 186 cm | 6'1

Lorik Agim Cana is an Albanian former professional footballer. He is currently the Grassroots ambassador for children's football in Albania, named by the Albanian Football Association on 26 October 2017.

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Vjosa Osmani

First Name Vjosa
Born on May 17, 1982 (age 40)

Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu is a Kosovan jurist who is the Chairwoman of the Assembly of Kosovo and acting President of Kosovo. She is a professor at the University of Pristina, RIT Kosovo; she has also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Osmani was the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) party's candidate for prime minister in the 2019 Kosovan parliamentary election. In the 2021 Kosovan presidential election she will be the joint candidate for president of the Vetëvendosje party and her initiative.

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Bersant Celina

First Name Bersant
Born on September 9, 1996 (age 26)
Height 177 cm | 5'10

Bersant Celina is a Kosovan-Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for French club Dijon and the Kosovo national team.

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Arnold Gjergjaj

First Name Arnold
Last Name Gjergjaj
Born on October 8, 1984 (age 38)

Arnold Gjergjaj is a Swiss professional boxer. In 2014 he won the EBU-EE version of the European heavyweight title, becoming the first boxer fighting under a Swiss license to do so.

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Majlinda Kelmendi

First Name Majlinda
Born on May 9, 1991 (age 31)
Height 162 cm | 5'4

Majlinda Kelmendi is a Kosovo-Albanian judoka.

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Milot Rashica

First Name Milot
Last Name Rashica
Born on June 28, 1996 (age 26)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Milot Rashica is a Kosovan professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Bundesliga club Werder Bremen and the Kosovo national team.

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Gramoz Aliu
Born on September 29, 1995 (age 27)
Born in Kosovo

Gramoz Aliu, known professionally as Mozzik, is a Kosovo-Albanian rapper and singer. Born and raised in Ferizaj, Aliu began to make music at an early age before pursuing a professional career as a rapper. He rose to significant attention in the Albanian-speaking Balkans after signing contract with On Records. Aliu later earned popularity in German-speaking Europe, as he collaborated with his wife and fellow rapper Loredana. Their collaborations achieved commercial success in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and topped the charts in the aforementioned countries. Due to his success, he signed contract with Sony Music Germany and announced his debut studio album to be released in 2020.

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Albin Kurti

First Name Albin
Last Name Kurti
Born on March 24, 1975 (age 47)

Albin Kurti is an Albanian politician of Kosovo and activist who served as the fourth Prime Minister of Kosovo from 3 February 2020 until 3 June 2020. Kurti is also the leader of the political movement and party Vetëvendosje (Self-Determination). He came to prominence in 1997 as the vice-president of the University of Prishtina Student Union, and a main organizer of non-violent demonstrations in 1997 and 1998. When Adem Demaçi became the political representative of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), Kurti worked in his office. He has been member of the Assembly of Kosovo since 2010 in three consecutive legislatures.

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Distria Krasniqi

First Name Distria
Born on December 10, 1995 (age 27)
Height 155 cm | 5'1

Distria Krasniqi is a Kosovan judoka and current Olympic champion in the extra-lightweight event.

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Zufer Avdija

Zufer Avdija is a Serbian–Israeli professional basketball coach and former player. He played for Crvena zvezda in the Yugoslav Basketball League during the 1980s, and for Israeli clubs Ramat HaSharon, Rishon LeZion, Hapoel Tel Aviv, and Elitzur Bat Yam in the 1990s. He represented the Yugoslavia basketball team internationally.

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Hashim Thaçi

First Name Hashim
Last Name Thaçi
Born on April 24, 1968 (age 54)

Hashim Thaçi is a Kosovar politician who was the President of Kosovo from April 2016 until his resignation on 5 November 2020. He was the first Prime Minister of Kosovo and the Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the new cabinet led by Isa Mustafa, which assumed office on 12 December 2014.

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Vedat Muriqi

First Name Vedat
Born on April 24, 1994 (age 28)
Height 194 cm | 6'4

Vedat Muriqi is a Kosovan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club Lazio and the Kosovo national team. He is known for his headers and strength.

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Etrit Berisha

First Name Etrit
Born on March 10, 1989 (age 34)
Height 194 cm | 6'4

Etrit Fadil Berisha is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Italian club SPAL and the Albanian national team.

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Tony Dovolani

First Name Tony
Last Name Dovolani
Born on July 17, 1973 (age 49)

Driton Dovolani, commonly known as Tony Dovolani is an Albanian-American professional ballroom dancer, instructor and judge. He is known for his involvement in the American version of Dancing with the Stars on ABC. Dovolani also portrayed Slick Willy in the hit film Shall We Dance? and spent time coaching actress Jennifer Lopez.

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Nora Gjakova

First Name Nora
Last Name Gjakova
Born on August 17, 1992 (age 30)
Height 165 cm | 5'5

Nora Gjakova is a Kosovan judoka. She won 2 Continental Opens in 2015, in Tunis and Lisbon. Coached by Driton Kuka, Gjakova meanwhile won 11 World Cup medals.

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Eros Grezda

First Name Eros
Last Name Grezda
Born on April 15, 1995 (age 27)
Height 182 cm | 6'0

Eros Genc Grezda is an Albanian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Croatian club Osijek and the Albania national team.

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