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Famous Puerto Ricans

Puerto Rico's Information

Flag of Puerto Rico
Land Area 8,870 km2
Water Area 4,921 km2
Total Area 13,791km2
Population 3,578,056 (#132)
Population Density 403.39/km2
Government Type Presidential Democracy; A Self-governing Commonwealth In Political Association With The US
GDP (PPP) $131.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $37,700
Currency Dollar (USD)
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.


  • Angel Cordero, Jr. jockey
  • Ernesto Cordero composer, classical guitarist
  • Federico A. Cordero classical guitarist
  • Paquito Cordero television producer, comedian
  • Rafael Cordero educator
  • Juan R.Correa-Perez scientist
  • Maritza "Ritz" Correia swimmer
  • Juan Antonio Corretjer poet, journalist, political activist
  • Millie Corretjer singer
  • Mapita Cortes actress
  • Mapy Cortes actress
  • Pedro Cortes politician
  • Rafael Cortijo musician, orchestra leader, composer
  • Bobby Cruz singer, minister
  • Eva Cruz volleyball player
  • Nicky Cruz evangelist
  • Waded Cruzado educator
  • Carmen Ana Culpeper first female Secretary Department of Treasury
  • Jose Antonio Davila poet
  • Raul Davila actor
  • Virgilio Davila poet, educator, politician
  • Julia de Burgos poet, civil rights activist
  • Federico Degetau politician, lawyer, author
  • Eugenio Maria de Hostos educator, philosopher, sociologist
  • Carmelo Delgado lieutenant Spanish Civil War
  • Hector Delgado singer
  • Kamar de los Reyes actor
  • Benicio del Toro actor, film producer
  • Sylvia del Villard actress, dancer
  • Alba Nydia Diaz actress
  • Alberto Diaz, Jr. officer U.S. Navy
  • Ruben Diaz, Sr. politician
  • Jose Maria Marxuach Echavarria physician, politician
  • Lydia Echevarria actress
  • Elizam Escobar poet, author, visual artist
  • Rafi Escudero musician, singer, composer, poet, political activist
  • Pedro Espada, Jr. politician
  • Luis R. Esteves founder Puerto Rico National Guard
  • Noel Estrada composer
  • Lucy Fabery singer
  • Angelo Falcon political scientist
  • Rene Farrait singer
  • Salvador E. Felices major general U.S. Air Force
  • Cheo Feliciano singer, composer
  • Hector Feliciano journalist, author
  • Jose Feliciano singer, guitarist, composer
  • Fernando Fernandez distiller
  • Ruth Fernandez singer, politician
  • Antonio Fernos-Isern cardiologist
  • Isolina Ferre nun, "Mother Teresa of Puerto Rico"
  • Maurice Ferre politician
  • Rosario Ferre writer, poet, essayist
  • Jose Ferrer actor
  • Luis A. Ferre engineer, industrialist, politician
  • Narciso Figueroa musician
  • Orlando Figueroa mechanical engineer, scientist
  • Rogelio Figueroa politician
  • Elmer Figueroa Arce aka "Chayanne" singer, actor
  • Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano astrophysicist, researcher
  • Adolfo Figueroa-Vinas astrophysicist
  • Pedro Flores composer
  • Luis Fonsi singer, composer
  • Luis Fortuno governor
  • Ramon Frade visual artist, architect
  • Rose Franco chief warrant officer U.S. Marine Corps
  • Felix Franco-Oppenheimer poet


  • Eduardo Neumann Gandia historian
  • Jose Andreu Garcia jurist
  • Joxel Garcia physician, four-star admiral U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps
  • Felix Arenas Gaspar captain Spanish Army
  • Gustavo Gelpi jurist
  • Eduardo Georgetti agriculturist, politician, philanthropist
  • Joyce Giraud actress
  • Jenilca Giusti singer, songwriter, actress
  • Obed Gomez artist
  • Ruben Gomez baseball player
  • Tito Gomez singer
  • Wilfredo Gomez boxer
  • Aristides Gonzalez boxer, Olympic medalist
  • Gloria Gonzalez composer
  • Isabel Gonzalez activist
  • Sixto Gonzalez scientist
  • Migene Gonzalez-Wippler author
  • Bruce Gray actor
  • Javier Grillo-Marxuach screenwriter, producer
  • Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon ambassador
  • Jackie Guerrido journalist
  • Jose Buscaglia Guillermety educator, sculptor
  • Luis Guinot lawyer, ambassador
  • Luis Guzman actor
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  • Miguel Henriquez privateer
  • Alfredo D. Herger television host, psychologist
  • Diego E. Hernandez U.S. Navy officer
  • Rafael Hernandez composer
  • Giovanni Hidalgo percussionist, educator
  • Eugenio Maria de Hostos educator, philosopher, sociologist
  • Anibal Gonzalez Irizarry educator, television journalist
  • Dora Irizarry jurist
  • Ramon Lopez Irizarry educator, scientist
  • Rafael Ithier musician
  • Carmita Jimenez singer
  • Raul Julia actor
  • La India singer
  • Anita Lallande swimmer
  • Tito Lara singer
  • Tato Laviera poet
  • Hector Lavoe singer
  • Georgina Lazaro poet
  • Raphy Leavitt composer
  • Hila Levy US Air Force officer
  • Orlando Llenza major general U.S. Air Force
  • Washington Llorens journalist, writer, linguist, scholar
  • Antonio Mattei Lluberas politician
  • Geronimo Lluberas physician, humanitarian, writer, composer
  • Papo Lucca pianist
  • Daniel Lugo actor
  • Juan Francisco Luis politician
  • Lunna singer

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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