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Famous Guatemalans

Guatemala's Information

Flag of Guatemala
Land Area 107,159 km2
Water Area 1,730 km2
Total Area 108,889km2 (#105)
Population 15,189,958 (#70)
Population Density 141.75/km2
Government Type Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $132.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $7,900
Currency Quetzal (GTQ)
Largest Cities
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.

  • Rodolfo Abularach artist
  • Allan Ayala Acevedo athlete
  • Luis Argueta director, producer
  • Jacobo Arbenz military officer, former president
  • Juan Jose Arevalo first reformist president
  • Ricardo Arjona singer
  • Miguel Angel Asturias poet, author, playwright, nobel laureate
  • Rodrigo Asturias guerrilla leader, politician
  • Allan Ayala Acevedo athlete
  • Kayb'il B'alam 16th-century leader mam people
  • Justo Rufino Barrios former president
  • Jose Batres author, politician
  • Oscar Berger former president
  • Virgilio Rodriguez Beteta historian, author, diplomat
  • Cesar Branas author, literary critic, poet
  • Manuel Estrada Cabrera former president
  • Luis Cardoza author, essayist, diplomat
  • Rafael Carrera first president of Guatemala
  • Enrique Gomez Carrillo literary critic, author
  • Carlos Castillo former president
  • Otto Rene Castillo poet, revolutionary
  • Emilio Arenales Catalan former president united nations
  • Juan Jose Gerardi Conedera catholic bishop, human rights defender
D - G
  • Alcina Lubitch Domecq author
  • Rafael Espada physician, politician
  • Irma Flaquer journalist
  • Mateo Flores athlete
  • Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes former president
  • Fernando Romeo Lucas Garcia former president
  • Jacobo Arbenz Guzman author, diplomat
H - L
  • Theodore "Ted" Hendricks football player
  • Flavio Herrera military officer, former president
  • Oscar Isaac actor
  • Antonio Jose de Irisarri statesman, journalist
  • Alfred Julio Jensen artist
  • Jorge Mario Garcia Laguardia jurist
  • Rafael Landivar educator, poet, "national poet of Guatemala"
  • Dieter Lehnhoff composer, conductor, musicologist
  • Virgilio Rodriguez Macal author, journalist
  • Myrna Mack anthropologist
  • Manny Marroquin music mixing engineer
  • Rafael Arevalo Martinez author, poet, diplomat
  • Rigoberta Menchu indigenous rights activist, nobel laureate
  • Francisco Mendez author, poet
  • Jose Milla author
  • Francisco Mendez poet, author
  • Carlos Merida artist
  • Mario Monteforte author, dramatist, politician
  • Efrain Rios Montt dictator, army general, politician
  • Jose Batres Montufar author, politician
  • Rolando Moran former leader guatemalan national revolutionary unity
  • Maria Gabriela "Gaby" Moreno singer, songwriter
  • Karl Palencia "Myztiko" music producer

O - Q

  • Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio former president
  • Carlos Wyld Ospina author, poet
  • Gustavo Adolfo Palma tenor
  • Luis Gonzalez Palma photographer
  • Juan Carlos Plata football player
  • Carlos Pena singer
  • Fernando Quevedo physicist
R - S
  • Henry Raudales violinist
  • Adrian Recinos scholar, historian, translator
  • Rodolfo Robles physician, discovered onchocerciasis (robles disease)
  • Carlos "El Pescadito" Ruiz football player
  • Gabriela Salvado model
  • Hector Sandarti television host
  • Kevin Sandoval football player
  • Shery singer, songwriter
T - U
  • Rodolfo Galeotti Torres sculptor
  • Luis Augusto Turcios leader of rebel armed forces
  • Jorge Ubico former president
  • Tekun Umam last ruler, king of K'iche" maya people
  • David Unger author
  • Federico Urruela diplomat
V - Z
  • Jose Milla y Vidaurre author
  • Anton Villatoro cyclist
  • Jaime Vinals mountaineer, first central american to climb Mt. Everest
  • Luis von Ahn educator, pioneer in crowdsourcing, researcher
  • Harris Whitbeck news correspondent
  • Rafael Yela artist, sculptor
  • Marco Antonio Yon leader revolutionary movement
  • Jose Ruben Zamora newspapers founder, editor
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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