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Famous people from Curacao

Here is a list of famous people from Curacao. Curious if anybody from Curacao made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Andruw Jones

Baseball First baseman

Andruw Rudolf Jones is a Curaçaoan baseball outfielder currently playing for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League. During his career in Major League Baseball, Jones has been a noted defensive specialist, and won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for outfielders every year from 1998 through 2007. Jones has appeared in the All-Star Game five times, and he won both the Hank Aaron Award and a Silver Slugger Award for outfielders in 2005. In 2002, he was the inaugural National League All-Star Final Vote winner. Jones made his debut during the 1996 season with the Atlanta Braves. In the 1996 World Series, Jones became the youngest player ever to hit a home run in the postseason, and just the second player ever to homer in his first two World Series at bats. The following season, Jones batted .231 with 18 home runs and finished 5th in voting for Rookie of the Year. In 1998, Jones batted .271 with 31 home runs and in 1999, he batted .275 with 26 home runs. Jones batted .303 with 36 home runs and 104 runs batted in in 2000 and made his first All-Star team. The following season, Jones again blasted over 30 home runs and drove in 104 runs but his average dipped to .251 while his strikeouts increased. Jones played better in 2002 and 2003 and made the All-Star team in both seasons. However, Jones struggled in 2004 and failed to hit at least 30 home runs for the first time since 1999. However, in 2005, he led the league with 51 home runs and also led the NL with 128 RBIs. He finished 2nd to Albert Pujols for National League MVP. In 2006, Jones batted .262 with 41 home runs and 129 RBI. In 2007, in his last season with the Braves, Jones batted just .222 with 26 home runs and 94 RBIs.

Churandy Martina

Olympic athlete

Churandy Martina is a Dutch sprinter from Curaçao, currently representing the Netherlands. Previously, he represented the Netherlands Antilles until its dissolution. His personal best time over 100 metres is 9.91 seconds, a Dutch record, achieved in a 2012 London Olympic Games semi-final. In addition, he holds the 200 metres national record with a time of 19.85 seconds, achieved at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2012.

Vurnon Anita


Vurnon San Benito Anita is a Dutch-Curaçaoan footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Newcastle United and the Netherlands national team.

Jean-Julien Rojer

Tennis Player

Jean-Julien Rojer is a professional Dutch tennis player. His highest ATP singles ranking is 218th, which he achieved on August 15, 2005. A doubles specialist, his career high in doubles is 15th, which he reached on October 15, 2012. His former doubles partner is Eric Butorac, although he currently plays with Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan.

Jair Jurrjens


Jair Francoise Jurrjens is a professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played for the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles.

Kenley Jansen


Kenley Geronimo Jansen is a Curaçaoan professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.

Jurickson Profar

Baseball Player

Jurickson Profar is a Curaçaoan professional baseball shortstop for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. He is listed as the top prospect in baseball.

Kemy Agustien

Soccer Midfielder

Germaine "Kemy" Agustien is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion. He previously played for Willem II, AZ, Roda JC and RKC Waalwijk in the Netherlands and for Birmingham City, Crystal Palace and Swansea City in English football. An adaptable player, capable of playing anywhere in midfield, his preferred position is as one of two central midfielders.

Daisy Dee

Eurodance Artist

Desiree Rollocks is Dutch singer, actress and TV host, especially well known in the German-speaking world.

Andrelton Simmons

Baseball Player

Andrelton A. Simmons is a Dutch Caribbean professional baseball player from Curaçao. He is currently a shortstop for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball, known for his defensive prowess.

Robby Müller


Robby Müller is a Dutch cinematographer whose name is most often associated with film director Wim Wenders.

Manuel Piar

Military Person

Manuel Carlos Piar was General-in-Chief of the army fighting Spain during the Venezuelan War of Independence.

Daniel De Leon


Daniel De Leon was an American socialist newspaper editor, politician, Marxist theoretician, and trade union organizer. He is regarded as the forefather of the idea of revolutionary industrial unionism and was the leading figure in the Socialist Labor Party of America from 1890 until the time of his death.

Charlison Benschop


Charlison Benschop is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for German club Fortuna Düsseldorf, as a striker.

Roger Bernadina

Baseball Player

Rogearvin Argelo "Roger" Bernadina is a Curacoan professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, and for the Dutch national baseball team in international competitions such as the World Baseball Classic.

Randall Simon

Baseball First baseman

Randall Carlito Simon is a professional baseball first baseman. He has played all or part of eight seasons in Major League Baseball and one in Nippon Professional Baseball between 1997 and 2006. Simon's debut season came with the Atlanta Braves in 1997, for whom he played until 1999. He also played for the Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the NPB's Orix Buffaloes, Texas Rangers Philadelphia Phillies. Upon his release from the Phillies in spring training, Simon played in the Mexican League, for the Rojos del Águila de Veracruz and Potros de Tijuana. He also played in the Northern League for the Gary SouthShore RailCats in 2010 and Rockford RiverHawks in 2011, and is currently a free agent.

Javier Martina


Javier Sylvester Martina is a Curaçaoan-Dutch footballer who currently plays for Rijnsburgse Boys. He also plays for the Curaçao national soccer team.

Wladimir Balentien

Baseball Outfielder

Wladimir Ramon Balentien is a Curaçaoan professional baseball outfielder with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball. He previously played in Major League Baseball for the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds. In 2013, he broke the NPB single-season home run record of 55, previously held by professional baseball's all-time home run leader Sadaharu Oh. Balentien would finish the season with 60 home runs.

Hensley Meulens

Baseball First baseman

Hensley Filemon Acasio Meulens is a Dutch former professional baseball player and current hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants, from Curaçao. He played from 1989 to 2000 in Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the Korea Baseball Organization. He was the first major leaguer to come from Curaçao. He was also the first from Curaçao to play at the Dominican Professional Baseball League, followed by Sharnol Adriana, Andruw Jones, Wladimir Balentien, Randall Simon and Jurickson Profar. When Meulens worked as the hitting coach in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization he often acted both as unofficial team translator for the Indians and as Japanese scout for the Pirates because he speaks five languages: English, Spanish, Dutch, Papiamento and Japanese. Hitting home runs left-handed while playing softball as a teenager earned Meulens the nickname "Bam Bam" when his friends compared his power to the Flintstones cartoon character. Over the course of his career, Meulens would become the first to play for all four of the major Caribbean winter leagues.

Brutil Hosé

Soccer Forward

Brutil Fridarius Hosé is a Dutch retired footballer who played as a forward.

Ergilio Hato

Soccer Goalkeeper

Ergilio Pedro Hato, also known as 'Pantera Negra', was a legendary goalkeeper from Curaçao and the Caribbean football in the former Netherlands Antilles. Although he was well known in the Caribbean and beyond, he refused to become a professional football player. The Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad, Curaçao was named after him.

Jonathan Schoop

Baseball Player

Jonathan Jesus Schoop is a Dutch professional baseball infielder for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball.

Patrick van der Eem


Patrick Paul van der Eem is a Dutch Antillean entrepreneur and convicted drug dealer known for his part in the undercover television report about Joran van der Sloot that was produced by Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries. The program set a Dutch television viewing record and renewed attention in the ongoing investigation of the 2005 disappearance of American student Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

Dyanne Bito

Soccer Defender

Dyanne Mary Christine Bito is a Dutch football defender currently playing for Telstar in the Vrouwen Eredivisie. She has also played in the German Bundesliga for Heike Rheine. Bito began her career as a forward before retraining as a right-back. She has been a member of the Dutch national team, since making her debut against Hungary in October 2000. After Annemieke Kiesel's retirement, she became the most capped active international Dutch player. In December 2009, then national coach Vera Pauw left Bito and Claudia van den Heiligenberg out of the squad ahead of a match against Belarus. The decision proved controversial and it was reported that the duo were kicked out because they were in a relationship. Pauw angrily dismissed the claims, saying it was an insult to suggest they were excluded because of their relationship. Van den Heiligenberg and Bito remained together and both were restored to the national team by incoming national coach Roger Reijners in 2010. In June 2013 national team coach Roger Reijners selected Bito in the squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013 in Sweden.

Shelton Martis


Shelton Martis is a Curaçaon footballer who plays as a defender, and is currently without a club.

Hainley Statia

Baseball Player

Hainley Charles Statia is a Dutch minor league middle infield baseball. He was previously active in the Los Angeles Angels organization, playing for the Class AA Arkansas Travelers and the Class AAA Salt Lake Bees between 2008 and 2010. He was signed by the independent Lancaster Barnstormers after the 2010 season, but was transferred to Milwaukee before the start of the 2011 season. He is also a member of the Netherlands national baseball team.

Enith Brigitha


Enith Sijtje Maria Brigitha was one of Holland's leading swimmers in the 1970s, who represented the Netherlands twice at the Summer Olympics, starting in 1972. She won two bronze medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, in the women's 100 m and 200 m freestyle. Brigitha twice was named Dutch Sportswoman of the Year, in 1973 and 1974. Enith was the first black athlete to win a swimming medal in the Olympics.

Shairon Martis


Shairon B. Martis is a Dutch-Antillean professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. He pitched for the Netherlands in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

Brian Mariano

Olympic athlete

Brian Mariano is a Curaçaoan sprinter who specializes in the 100 and 200 metres and starts for the Netherlands, formerly for Netherlands Antilles until October 1, 2010. He finished fourth-fastest in the men's 60 metres heats at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha, but was disqualified in the semifinals. He won a bronze medal in the 4x100 metres relay at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez alongside Prince Kwidama, Curtis Cock and Churandy Martina. Mariano finished sixth in the 60 metres at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris, representing the Netherlands for the first time. Mariano ran his personal best over 100 m and 200 m at the UTEP Invitational on 10 April 2010.

Angelo Cijntje

Soccer Defender

Ryangelo "Angelo" Cijntje is a Curaçaoan football player, who plays a right back and currently plays for FC Groningen in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Luis Brión

Military Person

Pedro Luis Brión was a military officer who fought in the Venezuelan War of Independence. He rose to the rank of admiral in the navies of Venezuela and the old Republic of Colombia.

Curt Smith

Baseball First baseman

Curt Smith is a Dutch minor league baseball player who is also a member of the Dutch national team. Smith was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals out of the University of Maine in the 39th round of the June 2008 First-Year Player Draft. Smith was named MVP after the 2011 Baseball World Cup.

Gerrit Schotte


Gerrit Fransisco Schotte is a politician from Curaçao, and the current leader of the Movementu Futuro Kòrsou. In the Curaçao general election of August 27, 2010, the MFK became the second largest party with 5 seats in the Island Council. MFK formed an island government together with Pueblo Soberano and Partido MAN on September 4. This coalition became the first Cabinet of Curaçao when the Netherlands Antilles was dismantled on October 10, 2010. Schotte at that point became the first Prime Minister of Curaçao. Schotte was the first Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs of the new country of Curaçao, which became autonomous in October 2010. He is one of the youngest persons in modern history to assume the office of Prime Minister. On September 29, 2012, Schotte was succeeded by Stanley Betrian as interim Prime Minister after his resignation.

Wendell Roche


Wendell Roche is a Dutch-Curaçao heavyweight kickboxer. He holds an amazing achievement in being the only man to ever defeat the kickboxing great Ginty Vrede.

Civard Sprockel


Civard Sprockel is a Dutch Antillean footballer who currently plays as a centre-back for Botev Plovdiv in the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group. He formerly played for Feyenoord, Excelsior, Vitesse, Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta and Bulgarian CSKA Sofia and was a member of the Dutch team at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Sendley Sidney Bito

Soccer Forward

Sendley Sidney Bito is a Curaçaoan footballer. He signed with Fajr Sepasi in 2013.

George Maduro

Deceased Person

George John Lionel Maduro was a Dutch student who served as an officer in the 1940 Battle of the Netherlands and distinguished himself in repelling the German attack on The Hague. He was posthumously awarded the medal of Knight 4th-class of the Military Order of William, the highest and oldest military decoration in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, for the valor he demonstrated in battle. The miniature city of Madurodam is named after him, as well as the Maduroplein area in Scheveningen, in The Hague.

Kenneth Cicilia

Soccer Midfielder

Kenneth Cicilia ia a Curaçao football player who plays for KV Turnhout in Belgium. Cicilia previously played for Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch Eredivisie and FC Haarlem and TOP Oss in the Dutch Eerste Divisie.

Rocky Siberie

Soccer Forward

Richmar Siberie is a football forward playing with A.S.D. Pro Settimo & Eureka in Italy. Siberie is known in international football as Rocky.

Frank Martinus Arion


Frank Martinus Arion, pseudonym of Frank Efraim Martinus, was born on December 17, 1936 in Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles. He is an author and language advocate. He moved to the Netherlands in 1955 and returned to Curaçao in 1981. Some of his works include The Last Freedom and Double Play. The latter is considered to be his magnum opus and was published in 1973. He currently heads the Curaçao Language Institute promoting the use of Papiamento, the local creole language.

Peter Hartman

Organization leader

Peter F. Hartman is a Dutch executive, and served as president and CEO of KLM and vice-chairman of Air France-KLM until July 2013. After graduating from high school in 1967, Hartman studied mechanical engineering in Amsterdam, followed by business economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where he received his master’s degree. Mr. Hartman joined KLM on October 29, 1973 as an employment analyst for the Controller’s Department at Engineering & Maintenance. In the years that followed he held various positions as controller in the Netherlands and abroad. In 1984, Mr. Hartman was appointed Managing Director Technical Contract Services and in 1987 he was appointed Project Manager, Schiphol 2000. On January 1, 1989, he became Vice President KLM Ground Services, Schiphol. In this capacity he was responsible for all handling processes at Schiphol and at all outstations in KLM’s route network. Mr. Hartman became Senior Vice President Customer Services on October 1, 1990, and in April 1994, he was appointed Executive Vice President Personnel & Organization. On January 1, 1996, Mr. Hartman took up the post of Executive Vice President E&M, followed by his appointment on August 6, 1997 to the KLM Board of Managing Directors as COO and later as Deputy CEO. Mr. Hartman was appointed KLM President & CEO on April 1, 2007.

Yurendell DeCaster

Baseball Player

Yurendell Eithel DeCaster is a professional baseball third baseman, currently playing for the Acereros de Monclova in the Mexican League. He played part of one season in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ralph Milliard

Baseball Player

Ralph Gregory Milliard is a former Dutch baseball player and current baseball coach. Milliard represented the Netherlands at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney where he and his team became fifth. Four years later at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens they were sixth.

Bryan Anastatia

Soccer Defender

Bryan Anastatia in Curaçao is a footballer who plays as a Forward. He currently plays for CRKSV Jong Holland in the Curaçao League and the Curaçao national football team.

Richel Hersisia

Professional Boxer

Richel Hersisia is a heavyweight boxer. He is referred to as "The Dutch Sonny Liston" by his fans. He now fights out of The Hague in the Netherlands. He once held the fringe WBF Heavyweight title, but lost it to Audley Harrison via fourth round knockout on March 20, 2004 at Wembley Arena in London. He last fought in September 2008, when he lost a six rounds decision to a comebacking Ray Mercer in Karlstad, Sweden. His current ring record stands at 30 wins and 3 loss in 33 bouts.

Liemarvin Bonevacia

Olympic athlete

Liemarvin Bonevacia is a sprinter from Curaçao who was one of four people to participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics as "Independent Olympic Athletes". Bonevacia competed in the 400m and was eliminated in the semifinals when he injured his right hamstring and finished last.

Eldridge Rojer

Soccer Forward

Eldridge Rojer is a Dutch footballer of Netherlands Antillean descent who plays as a striker. He is currently without a club.

Sharnol Adriana

Baseball Player

Sharnol Leonard Adriana is a Dutch baseball player.

J. C. Sulbaran

Baseball Player

Juan Carlos Sulbaran is a Dutch baseball player who currently plays in the Kansas City Royals organization and the Dutch national team. He throws a changeup, curveball and fastball. Sulbaran was voted the best pitcher in the 2004 Latin American Youth Baseball Tournament while playing for the Netherlands Antilles. He came to the United States in 2006 to play high school baseball. He missed most of 2007 because of an injury, though he struck out 24 in 12 innings. In 2008, he went 11-0 with a 1.40 ERA, striking out 88 in 67 innings and allowing 31 hits to help his team to a state championship. The Cincinnati Reds chose Sulbaran in the 30th round of the 2008 amateur draft and was signed to a deal with the Reds on August 14, 2008, with a $500,000 signing bonus which was a record for the 30th round. The deal was negotiated between the Reds and Sulbarans father Jorge Sulbaran. Sulbaran joined the Netherlands Antilles national baseball team for the 2008 Haarlem Baseball Week and got a no-decision against the Cuban national team. He allowed one hit and one run in 7 innings and struck out 6 but walked 7. The only run was a steal of home by Giorvis Duvergel. The performance earned him a spot on the Dutch squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He was the only player on the team who had never appeared for the "Orange" before.

Angelo Zimmerman

Soccer Midfielder

Angelo Zimmerman is a footballer. He plays for FC Emmen.

Benjamin Martha

Soccer Forward

Benjamin Shurendy Martha is a footballer, who currently plays for Hubentut Fortuna.

Cynthia Ortega


Cynthia Apolonia Ortega-Martijn is a former Dutch politician. As a member of the ChristianUnion she was an MP from November 30, 2006 to September 19, 2012. She focused on matters of economical affairs, social affairs, employment, integration, housing and Netherlands Antilles affairs. Ortega obtained a Bachelors degree in labour market policies and human resource policies. At the Open University in the Netherlands she obtained a Masters degree in human resource management.

Jandino Asporaat


Jandino Asporaat is a presenter and stand-up comedian.

Timothy Cathalina

Soccer Defender

Timothy Cathalina is a professional footballer from Curaçao who plays as a right back for SV Spakenburg.

Hubertson Pauletta

Soccer Defender

Hubertson Pauletta is a professional footballer from Curaçao, in the former Netherlands Antilles, who plays as a defender.

Edward Mansvelt


Edward Mansvelt or Mansfield was a 17th-century Dutch corsair and buccaneer who, at one time, was acknowledged as an informal chieftain of the "Brethren of the Coast". He was the first to organise large scale raids against Spanish settlements, tactics which would be utilised to attack Spanish strongholds by later buccaneers in future years, and held considerable influence in Tortuga and Port Royal. He was widely considered one of the finest buccaneers of his day and, following his death, his position was assumed by his protégé and vice-admiral, Henry Morgan.

Sharlon Schoop

Baseball Player

Sharlon Romans Emederio Schoop in is a Dutch baseball player who is currently a free agent. Schoop was signed by the San Francisco Giants as an undrafted free agent on March 30, 2004. Schoop represented the Netherlands at the 2009 World Baseball Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Miami, Florida.

Bryan Engelhardt

Baseball Player

Bryan Engelhardt is a Dutch baseball player who currently plays for Kinheim and the Dutch national team. Engelhardt was selected by coach Robert Eenhoorn in the team that represents the Netherlands at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Izaline Calister

Calypso Artist

Izaline Calister is a singer and songwriter of Dutch-Curaçaoan citizenship. Growing up in her native Curaçao for eighteen years, Calister moved to Groningen, the Netherlands, where she studied at the Prins Claus Conservatorium. Calister's music combines the Afro-Caribbean-Calypso influences of her native Curaçao with jazz, creating a unique blend of music. These influences and musical features consist of rhythms, dances and songs from the island, of which she adapts and composes to accommodate her own unique style. Singing in her native language of Papiamento, Calister feels that of as native speaker of such a unique yet widely unexposed language to the international community, a language also of a very select group of users, it is her duty to be an ambassador of her language. She currently gives concerts and partakes in musical festivals around the globe, as well as residing in Groningen.

Richal Leitoe

Soccer Midfielder

Richal Leitoe is a football player. He played for two seasons at FC Utrecht before joining FC Den Bosch in 2005. He returned to amateur football in 2007. He was call-up to national team for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification in March 2008.

Christy Bonevacia


Christy Bonevacia is a Curaçao footballer who currently plays for Dutch amateur side VVA '71.

Jasmine Sendar


Jasmine Sendar is an actress.

Dashenko Ricardo

Baseball Player

Dashenko Ricardo is a Dutch baseball player.

Maria Liberia Peters


Maria Liberia Peters was the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles from 1984 to 1986 and from 1988 to 1994. Born Maria Peters in Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, she attended school and earned a teaching degree in the Netherlands. She later married Niels Liberia, a civil servant. Together they adopted two children. Liberia Peters fell into politics almost accidentally. She was involved in children's issues alongside teaching as her main profession. She felt that going into politics was the only way to achieve substantial changes, saying, "There comes a moment when you realize that if you really want to make a difference, the only way is through politics, and then you walk right into it. In my own case, I thought. Well, I’ll try it, and if I don’t like it, I’ll say goodbye. But then you realize you’ve entered a one way street, and you remain because you are continually challenged." Her road to politics began in the 1970s, when she started parents' groups and became a member of the National People's Party. In 1975, after being encouraged by others to run for office, she earned a seat on the Curaçao Island Council where she stayed a member for the next five years. In 1982 she was appointed to the legislature of the Netherlands Antilles and also became the Minister of Economic Affairs. After the coalition government she worked under collapsed in June 1984, she agreed to form a new coalition and was elected as Prime Minister, a position that she held from 1984-1986 and later from 1988-1994. She attempted a third run in 1994 but her party lost the election. She did however, remain in Parliament.

Marcello Pisas

Soccer Goalkeeper

Marcello "Chelo" Michelangel Anthony Pisas is a Curaçao footballer Professional who currently plays as a Goalkeeper for Centro Social Deportivo Barber in Netherlands Antilles First League. and the Netherlands Antilles national team.

Geronimo Goeloe

Olympic athlete

Geronimo Goeloe is a sprinter, specializing in the 100 and 200 metres. He competed for the Netherlands Antilles until the dissolution of that country and now represents Aruba. He also holds the current national record, with a time of 10.42 seconds.

Djuric Winklaar

Soccer Midfielder

Djuric Winklaar is a football midfielder who currently plays in the Netherlands for Veensche Boys in Nijkerkerveen. He has also played for the Netherlands Antilles national football team.

Chaly Jones

Soccer Midfielder

Shalimar "Chaly" Elvin Valerio Jones is a footballer who currently plays for FC Oss in the Dutch third division.

Abe Knoop

Football player

Abe Knoop is a Dutch professional football goalkeeping coach. He is currently the goalkeeping coach of the Iran national football team under the wing of Afshin Ghotbi. During his playing career, Knoop was primarily used as a reserve goalkeeper, but he made a few Eredivisie appearances for Feyenoord and Vitesse.

Ben Komproe


Benard Komproe was Minister of Justice for the Netherlands Antilles. He also served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles for a few months in 2003. Komproe was a member of the local party Frente Obrero Liberashon 30 di Mei, and was fifth on the ballot for the 5 May 2003 national elections. When party leader Anthony Godett was blocked from being appointed formateur because of a police investigation, Komproe was appointed instead. For the same reason, Komproe was named Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles from 22 July until 11 August 2003. After that, he was replaced by Mirna Godett, and became Minister of Justice. As Minister of Justice, Komproe attempted to order the local authorities to cease investigating his brother Hedwig Komproe. Additionally, he tried to have Attorney General Dick Piar fired. When word finally got out that he had abused his position to help keep fellow party member Nelson Monte out of prison, the Netherlands Antillean parliament forced Komproe to step down, leading to the fall of the Godett Cabinet. After his resignation, a judicial investigation was started on Komproe's tenure as a minister. The investigation included what went on at an open-air brothel Campo Alegre. Komproe was alleged to have given out signed letters, basically to allow dozens of prostitutes from Colombia and the Dominican Republic to reside on Curaçao. He was said to have plans to process each prostitute's permit of residence personally, and to have ordered a special stamp just for this purpose. In July 2004, a judge determined that Komproe was not authorized to issue letters of that nature. Additionally, Komproe did favors for Giovanni van Ierland, the incarcerated owner of the brothel.

Jan Gerard Palm


Jan Gerard Palm was a 19th-century composer. Palm is often referred to as the "father of Curaçao's classical music".

Jurrick Juliana


Jurrick Juliana is a Dutch footballer who plays for DVS '33.

Juancho Evertsz


Juancho Evertsz, whose full name was Juan Miguel Gregorio Evertsz, was a Dutch Antillean politician who served as the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles between 1973 and 1977. Evertsz was one of the founding members and leaders of the Antilles National People's Party, which is also known by the abbreviation, NVP. He openly opposed a plan to separate Aruba from the Netherlands Antilles as a separate, autonomous entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands during his tenure as Prime Minister. Evertsz argued that the removal of Aruba from the Netherlands Antilles would undermine the federation of Dutch islands in the Caribbean. Aruba later seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986, but remained within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Evertsz also openly clashed with Dutch Prime Minister Joop den Uyl and the Dutch Labour Party when the Uyl proposed full independence for the Netherlands Antilles. Evertsz vehemently opposed the proposal. Juancho Evertsz died on Curaçao on April 30, 2008, at the age of 85, leaving behind his wife, two sons and one daughter.

Eline Van der Velden


Eline Van der Velden is an actress.

Vanessa van Arendonk

Award competitor

Vanessa Maria van Arendonk is a beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Curaçao 2003 and competed in Miss Universe 2003, held in Panama. She was the first Miss Curaçao to have the two most important beauty queen titles of the island under her name: Miss International Curaçao and Miss Curaçao Universe. Van Arendonk graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.

Nanne Sluis

Olympic athlete

Nanne Sluis is a Dutch rower.

Safira de Wit


Safira de Wit is a beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe Curaçao, the official representative of the Dutch constituent country to the 2010 Miss Universe pageant.

Theu Boermans


Theu Boermans is an actor, screenwriter and television director.

Robert Nederhorst

Film crewmember

Raymi Sambo


Raymi Sambo is a Dutch actor, presenter and singer

Charles Martina


Charles Martina is a Curacaoan Soccer Player.

Everon Espacia

Soccer Midfielder

Everon Espacia is a Curaçaoan footballer who plays as a midfielder. He played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Daymon Lodovica

Soccer Forward

Daymon Lodovica in Curaçao is a footballer who plays as a Forward. He currently plays for UNDEBA in the Curaçao League and the Curaçao national football team.

Moises Bicentini

Football player

Moises Bicentini was an association football player from Curaçao who played in the Netherlands for NEC between 1957 and 1961. His son was fellow player Remco Bicentini.

Everon Jackson Hooi


Everon Jackson Michael Werner Hooi is an actor.

Jairo Duzant


Jairo Duzant is a male track and field sprinter from Curaçao. His personal best times are 10.37 seconds over 100 metres and 20.78 seconds over 200 metres.

Mckeyla Richards

Award competitor

Mckeyla Antoinette Richards is a beauty queen who represented Curaçao in Miss World 2007 in China.