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Famous Belgians

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


A - B

  • Jean Aerts cyclist
  • Albert I king of Belgium 1909-1934
  • Albert II king of Belgium
  • Felix Amandus, Count de Muelenare former prime minister
  • Baudouin I prince of Belgium
  • Brigitte Becue swimmer
  • Auguste Beernaert Nobel laureate, former prime
  • Lambert le Begue priest, reformer
  • Leo Leander Bekaert Bekaert N.V. founder
  • Peter Benoit composer
  • Ingrid Berghmans judoka
  • Plastic Bertrand musician, songwriter
  • Gilles de Bins (Binchois) composer
  • Jules Bordet Nobel laureate, microbiologist
  • Jean-Marc Bosman footballer
  • Boudewijn I king of Belgium 1951-1993
  • Thiery Boutsen racecar driver
  • Adriaen Brouwer artist
C
  • Emile Leon Cammaerts poet
  • Robert Campin artist
  • Jan Ceulemans footballer
  • Raymond Ceulemans champion billiard player
  • Willy Claes former NATO secretary general, politician
  • Liz Claiborne fashion designer
  • Andre Cluytens conductor
  • Jean-Pierre Coopman boxer
  • Gerard Cooreman former prime minister
  • Georges Cuisenaire educator, mathematician
D
  • Father Pater Damien missionary
  • Suzanne Danco soprano
  • Gerard David artist
  • Bob Davidse television presenter
  • Eugene Goblet d'Alviella politician, lawyer
  • Charles De Broqueville former prime minister
  • Henri De Brouckere former prime minister
  • Jules De Burlet former prime minister
  • Pierre De Decker former prime minister
  • Michel De Ghelderode dramatist
  • Cyprien De Rore composer
  • Edward De Smedt chemist, inventor
  • Paul de Smet de Nayer former prime minister
D continued
  • Bartholemy Theodore, Count de Theux Meylandt former prime minister
  • Jules de Trooz former prime minister
  • Roger de Vlaeminck cyclist
  • Etienne De Wilde cyclist
  • Josquin des Prez composer
  • Leon Delacroix former prime minister
  • Paul Delvaux artist
  • Ann Demeulemeester fashion designer
  • Jean Pierre Duvieusart politician
E - G
  • James Sidney Ensor artist, printmaker
  • Gaston Eyskens former prime minister, economist
  • Marc Eyskens former prime minister , economist
  • Will Ferdi singer
  • Cesar Auguste Franck composer, organist
  • Dirk Frimout astrophysicist
  • Jan Fyt artist, etcher
  • Eric Geboers motocross rider
  • Adrien de Gerlache commander Antarctic expedition
  • Arnold Geulincx philosopher
  • Guido Gezelle poet
  • Henri Victor Marie Ghislain, Count Carton de Wiart former prime minister
  • Matthew Gilmore cyclist
  • Sebastien Godefroid sailor
  • Raymond Goethals football coach
  • Zenobe Gramme electrical engineer, inventor Gramme machine
  • Andre Gretry composer
  • Arthur Grumiaux violinist
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