List of Famous people born in Slovakia
Martina Hingis is a Swiss former professional tennis player. She spent a total of 209 weeks as the singles world No. 1 and 90 weeks as doubles world No. 1, holding both No. 1 rankings simultaneously for 29 weeks. She won five Grand Slam singles titles, thirteen Grand Slam women's doubles titles, winning a calendar-year doubles Grand Slam in 1998, and seven Grand Slam mixed doubles titles; for a combined total of twenty-five major titles. In addition, she won the season-ending WTA Finals two times in singles and three times in doubles, an Olympic silver medal, and a record seventeen Tier I singles titles.
Miroslava "Mirka" Federer is a Swiss former professional tennis player.
Dávid Julián Dobrík is a Slovak-born YouTube personality. He found early success on the video sharing platform Vine, before starting his vlog on his YouTube channel in 2015. Dobrik is known for being the leader of the popular YouTube ensemble The Vlog Squad, which features prominently in his vlogs and comprises rotating selections of his friend group. As of September 2020, Dobrik's vlog channel had accumulated 18 million subscribers and 7.7 billion views. The channel was the fifth-most viewed creator channel on YouTube in 2019, with 2.4 billion views that year. In March 2020, he was called "Gen Z's Jimmy Fallon" by The Wall Street Journal.
Zdeno Chára is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenceman for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, and Boston Bruins.
Peter Sagan is a Slovak professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Bora–Hansgrohe. Sagan had a successful junior cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing career, winning the Junior Mountain Bike World Championship in 2008, before moving to road racing.
Marek Hamšík is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Chinese Super League club Dalian Professional and the Slovakia national team, for which he is captain.
Zuzana Čaputová, is a Slovak politician, lawyer, and environmental activist who has been President of Slovakia since 15 June 2019. Čaputová is the first woman to hold the presidency, as well as the youngest president in the history of Slovakia, elected at the age of 45.
Dominika Cibulková is a Slovak former professional tennis player. Known for her quick and aggressive style of play, she won eight WTA Tour singles titles and two on the ITF Circuit.
Magdaléna Rybáriková is retired Slovak professional tennis player. She has won four WTA singles titles and reached the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. She broke into the top 30 for the first time in September 2017 and reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 17, in March 2018.
Stanley Mikita was a Slovak-born Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League, generally regarded as the best centre of the 1960s. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. He was the first Slovak born player to win the Stanley Cup, which he did in 1961.
Vladimír Weiss is a Slovak footballer who plays as a winger for Slovan Bratislava.
Peter Lorre was a Hungarian-American actor. Lorre began his stage career in Vienna before moving to Germany where he worked first on the stage, then in film in Berlin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Lorre caused an international sensation in the German film M (1931), directed by Fritz Lang, in which he portrayed a serial killer who preys on little girls.
Martin Škrtel is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as a centre back and is currently a free agent. He is a former player and captain of the Slovakia national team.
Ivan Reitman, is a Czechoslovak-Canadian film and television director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his comedy work, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 1998.
Andrej Babiš is a Czech politician serving as the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic since December 2017 and the founding leader of ANO 2011 since 2012. He previously served as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister from 2014 to 2017. Prior to entering politics, he was a businessman.
Daniela Hantuchová is a retired Slovak tennis player and commentator. She turned professional in 1999 and had her breakthrough year in 2002, when she won her first WTA tournament, the Indian Wells Masters, defeating Martina Hingis in the final and becoming the lowest-ranked player to ever win the tournament. She also reached the quarterfinals of that year's Wimbledon Championships and US Open, ending the year in the top ten. She was part of the Slovak team that won the 2002 Fed Cup and the 2005 Hopman Cup.
Marek Svatoš was a Slovak professional ice hockey winger. He last played during the 2013–14 season in the Slovak Extraliga with Košice, the same club with which he began his career in 1999. Svatoš played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for several seasons, mostly with the Colorado Avalanche; his last stint in the NHL was in the 2010–11 season, during which he played with the Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators after beginning the season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with Avangard Omsk.
Rudolf "Rudi" Vrba was a Slovak-Jewish biochemist who, as a teenager in 1942, was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. He became known for having escaped from the camp in April 1944, at the height of the Holocaust, and for having co-written a detailed report about the mass murder that was taking place there. Distribution of the report by George Mantello in Switzerland is credited with having halted the mass deportation of Hungary's Jews to Auschwitz in July 1944, saving more than 200,000 lives. After the war Vrba trained as a biochemist, working mostly in England and Canada.
Martin Dúbravka is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Newcastle United and the Slovakia national team.
Igor Matovič is a Slovak politician serving as Prime Minister of Slovakia since 2020.