List of Famous people born in North Korea

Kim Jong-un

First Name Kim
Last Name Jong-un
Born on January 8, 1984 (age 40)
Born in North Korea

Kim Jong-un is a North Korean politician serving as Supreme Leader of North Korea since 2011 and the leader of the Workers' Party of Korea since 2012. He is the second child of Kim Jong-il (1941–2011), who was North Korea's second supreme leader from 1994 to 2011, and Ko Yong-hui (1952–2004). He is a grandson of Kim Il-sung, who was the founder and first supreme leader of North Korea from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994.

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No Kum-Sok

First Name No
Last Name Kum-Sok
Born on January 10, 1932 (age 92)

Kenneth H. Rowe is a Korean American engineer and aviator who served as a senior lieutenant in the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force during the Korean War. Approximately two months after the end of hostilities, he defected to South Korea in a MiG-15 aircraft, and was subsequently granted political asylum in the United States.

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Kim Yo-jong

First Name Kim
Last Name Yo-jong
Born on September 26, 1987 (age 36)
Born in North Korea

Kim Yo-jong is a North Korean politician serving as the Deputy Director of the United Front Department of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK). She also served as an alternate member of the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea from 2017 to 2019, and from 2020 to 2021.

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Ri Sol-ju

First Name Ri
Last Name Sol-ju
Born on September 28, 1985 (age 38)

Ri Sol-ju is the wife of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, and First Lady of North Korea.

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Kim Jong-chul

First Name Kim
Last Name Jong-chul
Born on September 25, 1981 (age 42)
Born in North Korea

Kim Jong-chul, sometimes spelled Kim Jong Chol, is a son of former North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il. His younger brother is current Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. His older half-brother Kim Jong-nam was assassinated in February 2017.

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Park Yeon-mi

First Name Park
Last Name Yeon-mi
Born on October 4, 1993 (age 30)

Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector and activist whose family fled from North Korea to China in 2007 and settled in South Korea in 2009, before moving to the United States in 2014. Her family turned to black-market trading during North Korea's economic collapse in the 1990s. Her father was sent to a labor camp for smuggling. They fled to China, where Park and her mother fell into the hands of human traffickers and she was sold into slavery before escaping to Mongolia. She is now an advocate for victims of human trafficking in China and works to promote human rights in North Korea and around the globe.

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Kim Han-sol

First Name Kim
Last Name Han-sol
Born on June 16, 1995 (age 28)
Born in North Korea

Kim Han-sol is the eldest son of Kim Jong-nam and a grandson of the former North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il. His father was the unofficial heir apparent until 2001, when he fell out of favor with the regime after a failed attempt to secretly visit Japan's Disneyland in May 2001.

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Choe Ryong-hae

First Name Choe
Last Name Ryong-hae
Born on January 15, 1950 (age 74)

Choe Ryong-hae is a North Korean politician and military officer who is serving as President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and First Vice Chairman of the State Affairs Commission since April 2019. He is also a member of the Presidium of the Politburo and Vice Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK). He also served as Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's military second-in-command. He is also father in law of Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong.

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Kim Yong-nam

First Name Kim
Last Name Yong-nam
Born on February 4, 1928 (age 96)
Born in North Korea

Kim Yong-nam is a North Korean politician who is the former President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, from 1998 until 2019. Previously, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1983 to 1998. He was elected a member of the Presidium of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in 2010.

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Rikidōzan

Born on November 14, 1924
Died on December 15, 1963 (aged 39)
Born in North Korea
Height 175 cm | 5'9

Mitsuhiro Momota , better known as Rikidōzan (力道山), was a Korean-Japanese wrestler who competed in professional wrestling and sumo wrestling. He known as The Father of Puroresu, and one of the most influential men in professional wrestling history. Initially, he had moved from his native country Korea to Japan to become a sumo wrestler. He was credited with bringing the sport of professional wrestling to Japan at a time when the Japanese needed a local hero to emulate and was lauded as a national hero. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017, becoming the first Korean inductee and the third puroresu star to be inducted after Antonio Inoki and Tatsumi Fujinami. He was killed by a member of the Yakuza in 1963.

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