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Famous people from Indonesia

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Sukarno, born Kusno Sosrodihardjo, was the first President of Indonesia. Sukarno was the leader of his country's struggle for independence from the Netherlands and was Indonesia's first president from 1945 to 1967. He was a prominent leader of Indonesia's nationalist movement during the Dutch colonial period, and spent over a decade under Dutch detention until released by the invading Japanese forces. Sukarno and his fellow nationalists collaborated to garner support for the Japanese war effort from the population, in exchange for Japanese aid in spreading nationalist ideas. Upon Japanese surrender, Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta declared Indonesian independence on 17 August 1945, whereby Sukarno was appointed as first president. Sukarno led Indonesians in resisting Dutch re-colonization efforts via diplomatic and military means until the Dutch acknowledgment of Indonesian independence in 1949. After a chaotic period of parliamentary democracy, Sukarno established an autocratic system called "Guided Democracy" in 1959 which successfully ended instability and rebellions which were threatening the survival of the diverse and fractious country. The early 1960s saw Sukarno veering Indonesia to the left by providing support and protection to the Indonesian Communist Party at the expense of the military and Islamists. He also embarked on a series of aggressive foreign policies under the rubric of anti-imperialism, with aid from the Soviet Union and China. The 30 September Movement led to the destruction of PKI and his replacement by one of his generals, Suharto, and he remained under house arrest until his death.



Suharto was the second President of Indonesia, having held the office for 31 years from 1967 following Sukarno's removal until his resignation in 1998. Suharto was born in a small village, Kemusuk, in the Godean area near Yogyakarta, during the Dutch colonial era. He grew up in humble circumstances. His Javanese Muslim parents divorced not long after his birth, and he was passed between foster parents for much of his childhood. During the Japanese occupation of Indonesia, Suharto served in Japanese-organised Indonesian security forces. Indonesia's independence struggle saw him joining the newly formed Indonesian army. Suharto rose to the rank of Major General following Indonesian independence. An attempted coup on 30 September 1965 was countered by Suharto-led troops and was blamed on the Indonesian Communist Party. The army subsequently led an anti-communist purge, and Suharto wrested power from Indonesia's founding president, Sukarno. He was appointed acting president in 1967 and President the following year. Support for Suharto's presidency was strong throughout the 1970s and 1980s but eroded following a severe financial crisis that led to widespread unrest and his resignation in May 1998. Suharto died in 2008.

Agnes Monica

Dance-pop Artist

Agnes Monica, known abroad as Agnez Mo, is an Indonesian singer and actress. She started her career in the entertainment industry at the age of six as a child singer. She has recorded three children's albums. She also became a presenter of several children's television programs. As a teenager, Agnes expanded her career to include acting. Her role in the soap opera Pernikahan Dini rocketed her name into the industry. In 2003, she released her fourth studio album And the Story Goes, which marked her transition from a child singer to a female artist. On her fifth studio album, Whaddup A.. '?!, she collaborated with American R&B singer Keith Martin. She also appeared in two Taiwanese drama series, The Hospital and Romance in the White House. She participated in the 2008 and 2009 Asia Song Festival in Seoul, South Korea, and received "Best Asian Artist Award" at each event. Agnes took creative control of her sixth studio album, Sacredly Agnezious, for which she served as the producer and songwriter. In 2010, she was appointed as one of the judges on the talent show Indonesian Idol and was also one of the international hosts of the red carpet at the American Music Awards of 2010 in Los Angeles.

Fatin Shidqia


Fatin Shidqia Lubis, better known as Fatin Shidqia or Fatin is an Indonesian singer who won the first season of the Indonesian version of the The X Factor in May 2013, securing a 1 billion rupiahs recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment Indonesia and released her debut single "Aku Memilih Setia", which debuted at number one on the Indonesian Digital Singles Chart.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono


Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono GCB, AC is an Indonesian politician and retired Army general officer who has been President of Indonesia since 2004. He is currently the chairman of Democratic Party Yudhoyono won the 2004 presidential election, defeating incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri. Widely known in Indonesia by his initials "SBY", he was sworn into office on 20 October 2004, together with Jusuf Kalla as Vice President. He ran for re-election in 2009 with Boediono as his running mate, and won with an outright majority of the votes in the first round of balloting; he was sworn in for a second term on 20 October 2009.

Taufik Hidayat

Olympic Badminton Player

Taufik Hidayat is a retired Indonesian badminton player. He is a former World and Olympic champion in men's singles. He has also won the Indonesian Open six times. When he was young, he joined the SGS Club, a badminton club in Bandung, where he trained under Iie Sumirat. Hidayat won the men's singles competition in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics. In August 2005, he won the men's singles competition at the IBF World Championships. He also won the gold medal at the Asian Games twice, at Busan in 2002 and Doha in 2006. Popular media has at times focused on the perceived rivalry between Hidayat and Chinese player Lin Dan, referring to the two as "arch rivals".

Megawati Sukarnoputri


Diah Permata Megawati Setiawati Sukarnoputri, generally known as Megawati, is an Indonesian politician and leader of the opposition party PDI-P. She served as the President of Indonesia from 23 July 2001 to 20 October 2004. She was the country's only female president and the fourth woman to lead a predominantly Muslim nation. She is also the first Indonesian leader to be born after Indonesia proclaimed its independence. Megawati is the daughter of Indonesia's first president, Sukarno. After serving as Vice-President under Abdurrahman Wahid, Megawati became President when Wahid was removed from office in 2001. She ran for re-election in the 2004 presidential election, but was defeated by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. She sought a rematch 2009 presidential election, losing again to Yudhoyono.

Joko Widodo


Joko Widodo, better known by his nickname Jokowi, is an Indonesian politician and the current Governor of Jakarta. He was previously the Mayor of Surakarta. He was nominated by his party, Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle, to run in the 2012 Jakarta gubernatorial election with Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as his running mate. He was elected as governor of Jakarta on 20 September 2012 after a second round runoff of voting in which he defeated incumbent governor Fauzi Bowo.

Liliyana Natsir

Olympic Badminton Player

Liliyana Natsir is a female badminton player from Indonesia who specializes in doubles. She is listed as one of the best mixed doubles players in the world. In Indonesia, she is often considered the queen of mixed doubles thanks to her achievements with two different pairs. Her current partner is Tantowi Ahmad since 2011, after separated from his previous partner, Nova Widianto. In 2013, she made history by becoming the first female player to win three BWF World Championships in the mixed doubles.

Abdurrahman Wahid


Abdurrahman Wahid, born Abdurrahman Addakhil, colloquially known as Gus Dur, was an Indonesian Muslim religious and political leader who served as the President of Indonesia from 1999 to 2001. The long-time president of the Nahdlatul Ulama and the founder of the National Awakening Party, Wahid was the first elected president of Indonesia after the resignation of Suharto in 1998. Like many Indonesian names, "Abdurrahman Wahid" does not contain a family name. The name "Wahid" is patronymic. His popular nickname Gus Dur, is derived from Gus, a common honorific for a son of kyai, from short-form of bagus; and Dur, short-form of his name, Abdurrahman.

Iwan Fals

Ballad Artist

Iwan Fals is an Indonesian singer–songwriter. In 2002, Time magazine named him as a Great Asian Hero.

Hendra Setiawan

Olympic Badminton Player

Hendra Setiawan is a male badminton player from Indonesia and one of the world's leading doubles players.

B. J. Habibie


Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie is a former politician of the State of Indonesia. His presidency was the third, and the shortest, after independence.

Olga Syahputra


Yoga Syahputra 8 February 1983 is an Indonesia actor, comedian, and host. Olga often plays transvestites but he denies being a homosexual.

Luna Maya


Luna Maya Sugeng is an Indonesian soap opera actress, and movie star. She started her career as an advertising and catwalk model.

Raffi Ahmad


Raffi Faridz Ahmad is an Indonesian TV presenter, actor and singer. Raffi has been cast in a number of soap operas, television movies and feature films. He is also involved in advertising, but mainly as host.

Boudewijn de Groot

Musical Artist

Boudewijn de Groot is a famous Dutch singer/songwriter. He is known for the songs "Welterusten Meneer de President", "Het Land van Maas en Waal ", "Jimmy" and "Avond " among others. On 19 January 2007 he issued his latest album Lage Landen .

Bambang Pamungkas

Soccer Forward

Bambang Pamungkas, also known as Bepe, is an Indonesian footballer who last played for Persija Jakarta in the Indonesian Super League and the Indonesia national football team. His natural position is striker. Bambang made his name in South East Asian football when he scored the only goal for Indonesia at the 2002 Tiger Cup semifinal against Malaysia, and was the tournament's top scorer with eight goals. Bambang is considered to be an outstanding header of the ball, and has a reputation for sharpness in the penalty box. He is Indonesia's most capped player and top goalscorer, with 85 caps and 37 goals. He is perhaps the national team's most popular player among its supporters. He is considered as one of top ten Asian players of 2012 by ESPN Soccernet.

Julia Perez


Julia Perez or Jupe, is an Indonesian actress, dangdut singer, model, announcer, and political candidate. She has been dubbed "sex bomb" because of her sexy performances. Her career began in France. Her relationship with Damien Perez opened her opportunity to model for FHM and Maxim magazines in France. Because of her layout in FHM and Maxim, Jupe was nominated as one of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World. In 2010, Perez announced her candidacy for local office in Pacitan, Indonesia.

Rio Haryanto


Rio Haryanto is an Indonesian racing driver. He currently competes for the Barwa Addax team in the GP2 Series.

Erick Thohir


Erick Thohir is an Indonesian businessman.

Muhammad Ahsan

Olympic Badminton Player

Mohammad Ahsan is a badminton player.


Pop Artist

Chrismansyah Rahadi, born Christian Rahadi but better known by his stage name of Chrisye, was an Indonesian progressive-pop singer and songwriter. In his 40-year career he won many awards and accolades; in 2011 Rolling Stone Indonesia declared him the third-greatest Indonesian musician of all time. Born in Jakarta of mixed Chinese-Indonesian descent, Chrisye became interested in music at an early age. At high school he played bass guitar in a band he formed with his brother, Joris. In the late 1960s he joined Sabda Nada, a band led by his neighbours, the Nasutions. In 1973, after a short hiatus, he rejoined the band to play in New York for a year. He briefly returned to Indonesia and then went back to New York with another band, the Pro's. After once again returning to Indonesia, he collaborated with Gipsy and Guruh Sukarnoputra to record the 1976 indie album Guruh Gipsy. Following the success of Guruh Gipsy, in 1977 Chrisye recorded two of his most critically acclaimed works: "Lilin-Lilin Kecil" by James F. Sundah, which eventually became his signature song, and the soundtrack album Badai Pasti Berlalu. Their success landed him a recording contract with Musica Studios, with whom he released his first solo album, Sabda Alam, in 1978. Over his almost 25-year career with Musica he recorded a further eighteen albums, and in 1980 acted in a film, Seindah Rembulan. Chrisye died in his Jakarta home on 30 March 2007 after a long battle with lung cancer.

Markis Kido

Olympic Badminton Player

Markis Kido is a male badminton player from Indonesia, one of the world's leading men's doubles specialists. He won the men's doubles Olympic gold medal in 2008 with Hendra Setiawan.

Dewi Persik


Dewi Muria Agung, better known by her stage name Dewi Persik and nicknamed Depe after her monogram, is an Indonesian dangdut singer. She has been embroiled in several scandals, related to her stage persona and personal life.

Mohammad Hatta


Mohammad Hatta was Indonesia's first vice president, later also serving as the country's Prime Minister. Known as "The Proclamator", he and a number of Indonesians, including the first president of Indonesia, Sukarno, fought for the independence of Indonesia from the Dutch. Hatta was born in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Dutch East Indies. Despite his efforts to gain Indonesian independence, he studied in the Netherlands from 1921 until 1932. Moreover, after his early education, he studied in Dutch schools in Indonesia. Mohammad Hatta is often remembered as Bung Hatta.

Ted Dekker


Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling Christian author best known for mystery, thriller, and fantasy novels including Thr3e, Obsessed, and the Books of History Chronicles. who in 2005 had over 500,000 copies of 12 suspense novels sold.

Tontowi Ahmad

Olympic Badminton Player

Tontowi Ahmad is an Indonesian badminton player. He resides in the Central Java province. Tontowi Ahmad rose to prominence in the world badminton since 2010 when he paired with established Mixed Doubles star Lilyana Natsir.

Ahmad Dhani

Alternative rock Artist

Dhani Ahmad Prasetyo, better known as Ahmad Dhani or Dhani Manaf, is an Indonesian rock musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Described as a "rock star", Dhani is the frontman of Dewa 19 and Ahmad Band, and also a member of the inter-continental band The Rock. He is also the owner and chairman of Republic Cinta Management. Throughout his career, Dhani has scored many hits and also has been a talent promoter for the careers of other artists including Maia Ahmad, Agnes Monica, Alexa Key and Mulan Jameela, and has written songs for these artists and others. He has won numerous awards including the IMA for best musical arrangement, best producer, and many other awards as the member of Dewa 19. His influence in the industry made him one of the most influential musicians in Southeast Asia.

Prabowo Subianto


Prabowo Subianto is an Indonesian businessman, politician and former special forces soldier. In the Indonesian presidential election, 2009 he ran for the vice-presidency as part of Megawati Sukarnoputri's campaign for president. In November 2011, Prabowo announced his intention to run for president in the next Indonesian presidential election, 2014. Prabowo is the son of Soemitro Djojohadikoesoemo and former husband of Titiek Suharto, the late President Suharto's daughter.

Yayuk Basuki

Tennis Player

Yayuk Basuki is a former professional tennis player from Indonesia. She is the highest-ever ranked tennis player from Indonesia, having reached No. 19 in the Women's Tennis Association singles rankings in October 1997. She retired from playing singles in 2000 and remains an active doubles player. Yayuk Basuki retired from tennis 2013.

Tia Tanaka

Pornographic actor

Nike Ardilla

Heavy metal Artist

Raden Nike Ratnadilla, also known as Nike Ardilla, was an Indonesian rock singer and a successful movie star and model. She originated from Bandung in the West Java province of Indonesia. Ardilla died in a car accident in Bandung at the age of 19 at the zenith of her musical career. She has sold 30 million album to date, and her album became best selling album all of time in Indonesia. Her latest album Sandiwara Cinta sold 5 million copies and her sophomore album Bintang Kehidupan sold 4 million copies.

Dian Sastrowardoyo


Diandra Paramita Sastrowardoyo, more popularly known as Dian Paramita Sastro or Dian Sastrowardoyo, is an Indonesian model and actress. In 1996, she was the cover girl of Gadis, a teen magazine in Indonesia. She later became popular as Daya, the protagonist in Pasir Berbisik. Dian finally kick-started her career on the big screen with a starring role in the boxoffice hit Ada Apa Dengan Cinta. Since then she has established herself as one of Indonesia's most bankable actresses, starring in films such as, Banyu Biru, Ungu Violet and Belahan Jiwa. as well as foreign movies such as, Puteri Gunung Ledang, which was produced in Malaysia. Recent television appearances include playing Raya in Dunia Tanpa Koma and a brief stint as the host of the game show Kuis Super Milyarder Tiga Milyar. In 2010, Sastrowardoyo starred in Fana: The Forbidden Love, produced by Dalton Alka Cinema, a film company from Turkey. Fana was scheduled to appear early 24 December 2010, the sixth anniversary of 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, however it was banned in Aceh because of sexual themes. In the film, Sastrowardoyo tested her acting skill with her portrayal of Gayo, a blind Muslim transgender who falls in love with her brother Azzam, played by Dude Harlino. In addition to Harlino, Dian was also paired with characters played by Christine Hakim and Deddy Mizwar.

Sherina Munaf

Pop Artist

Sherina Munaf is an Indonesian actress, pop singer, and song writer. At 9 years old, she successfully launched her debut album, Andai Aku Besar Nanti. In 2000, she played a key role in Petualangan Sherina, directed by Riri Riza. She received a special award in the "Most Talented Child Artist" category in the 2001 Asia Pacific Film Festival in Hanoi for her performance. In 2001, she recorded a cover of "I Have A Dream" with Irish boy band Westlife for a UNICEF fund raising. On February 2013, she serves as a judge and coach Indonesian version The Voice.


Military officer

General of the Army Raden Soedirman was a high-ranking Indonesian military officer during the Indonesian National Revolution. The first commander-in-chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces, he continues to be widely respected in Indonesia. Born in Purbalingga, Dutch East Indies, to a commoner and his wife, Sudirman was adopted by his uncle, a noble. After the family moved to Cilacap in 1916, Sudirman was raised to be a diligent student; he was also highly active in extra-curricular activities, including a scouting programme run by the Islamic organisation Muhammadiyah. While still in middle school, Sudirman showed leadership and organisational skills and became respected within the community for his devotion to Islam. After dropping out of teacher's college, in 1936 he began working as a teacher, and later headmaster, at a Muhammadiyah-run elementary school; he was also active with several other Muhammadiyah programs, becoming the leader of the Muhmmadiyah Youth Group in 1937. After the Japanese occupied the Indies in 1942, Sudirman continued to teach. In 1944, he joined the Japanese-sponsored Defenders of the Homeland as a battalion commander in Banyumas. In this position he put down a rebellion by his fellow soldiers, but was later interned in Bogor.

Ebiet G. Ade

Pop Artist

Ebiet G. Ade is an Indonesian singer and songwriter. His musical styles are pop, ballad and country. He has released 21 studio albums and 25 compilation albums.

Laura Gemser


Laurette Marcia "Laura" Gemser is a Dutch-based actress of Indo descent, now Italian citizen. She is known for her work with director Joe D'Amato and Bruno Mattei, in particular, for doing a set of exploitation-style and Black Emanuelle films. Gemser has also been credited as Moira Chen, most notably in Love Is Forever. Gemser left Indonesia in 1955, at the age of four, and moved with her parents to the Netherlands. She grew up in the Dutch city of Utrecht, where she attended the MULO Regentesseschool high school. After that, she attended the Artibus Art School in Utrecht, where she specialized in fashion design. In 1975 she moved to Italy. After modelling in various magazines in the Netherlands and Belgium, Gemser began to take part in some soft erotic films. She became internationally recognised after starring in a number of Black Emanuelle films in the 1970s. Her most mainstream and well-received role was as Laotian refugee Keo Sirisomphone in Michael Landon's 1983 American television movie, Love is Forever, in which she was credited as Moira Chen. Gemser continued to do films: at times, she worked with her actor husband, Gabriele Tinti. In the 1990s, she left the movies to do costume designing for film. In addition, she lost her husband, who died of cancer in 1991. Today she lives in retirement and low profile in Rome.

Yuki Kato


Yuki Anggraini Kato is an Indonesian actress. Yuki Kato became known after starring in the soap opera "Primates Beautiful" production Servia with two of the existence of such, Irshadi Bagasse and Esa Sigit. In addition to being the main character in the soap opera series Heart and My Love, Yuki who like cycling and reading this book is also playing with Raffi Ahmad and Laudya Chintya Bella in Houses Arietta role as sister Raffi Ahmad. In addition to great talent in acting Yuki also never showed the potential of the field of singing when she performed a duet with the song My Heart OST Irshadi Bagasse in My Heart By Request show on SCTV. And Yuki back in 2010 starred in the film, entitled Arti Sahabat. In this television series role as Maya and Yuki opponent, Steven William role as Yudha. In 2013 yuki also sang a soundtrack for the first time in film operation wedding

Mulan Jameela

Pop Artist

Mulan Jameela is a famous Indonesian solo singer.

Bunga Citra Lestari

Pop Artist

Bunga Citra Lestari, also known as BCL, is an Indonesian pop singer and actress. She is known for her powerful singing voice.

Novita Dewi Marpaung

Pop Artist

Novita Dewi Marpaung is an Indonesian singer, who gained wide prominence after being the runner-up of the first season of X Factor Indonesia. She is known for her powerful vocals and skilled singing technics. Dewi is the daughter of legendary Batak singer Jack Marpaung. She started her music career in the mid-1990s through various singing competitions and festivals. She was the runner-up of Cipta Pesona Bintang, the weekly champion of Asia Bagus, and the winner of Festival Suara Remaja Vinolia. Her highest achievement was as the grand champion of Astana International Song Festival 2005 in Kazakhstan. Despite her success in festivals, Dewi was still unrecognized in Indonesian music scene. Her debut album, Sweet Heart, was released in 2008, but failed to establish her recording career. She is only recognized to certain community through her Batak-language and religious songs. She released her next pop record, a single entitled "Jejak Luka", under Nagaswara label in 2010. Dewi quit the label and went back to competition by joining the audition of the U.S. version of The X Factor in 2011. She made it to the bootcamp stage, but had to quit the show due to social security.

Jessica Iskandar


Jessica Iskandar is an Indonesian actress and model. Iskandar originated from Jakarta. Iskandar's first film was Dealova and her second film was Diva. She attended university in Jakarta, studying interior design, while acting. In 2007 she said that she planned to end her acting career before she turned 25 years of age so she could become a housewife. In 2011 Iskandar expressed disagreement against a plan of the Government of Indonesia to terminate BlackBerry access. Together Iskandar and celebrity chef Farah Quinn have over 2.5 million Facebook and Twitter followers.

Ayu Azhari


Khadijah Azhari, better known by her stage name Ayu Azhari, is an Indonesian actress and author.

Aburizal Bakrie


Aburizal Bakrie is a politician, and widely recognised as one of the most successful pribumi businessmen in Indonesia. From 2004 until 2005 Bakrie served as Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Economy. From 2005 until 2009 he served as Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare. Since 2009, Bakrie serves as the Chairman of the Golkar Party and since June 2012 as his party's official candidate for Indonesia's 2014 Presidential election.

Rio Dewanto


Rio Dewanto is an actor.

Aksan Sjuman


Sri Aksan Sjuman is a musician and film score composer.

Dewi Irawan


Dewi Irawan is an actress.

Yosep Anggi Noen

Film Director

Yosep Anggi Noen is a film producer, film director and screenwriter.

Simon Santoso

Olympic Badminton Player

Simon Santoso is a male badminton player from Indonesia.



Wiranto is a retired Indonesian army General. He was the Commander of the military of Indonesia from February 1998 to October 1999, and ran unsuccessfully for President of Indonesia in 2004 and the vice-presidency in 2009. Wiranto played a role in facilitating severe human rights violations by the Indonesian army and Jakarta-backed militias, during Indonesia's withdrawal from the occupied territory of East Timor in 1999. Both the United Nations and domestic groups have gathered evidence on this, but he continues to deny the charges. In January 2000, an Indonesian commission placed general responsibility for these injustices on Wiranto. Some claim that Wiranto played a key role as a moderating influence during the turbulent times of 1998 when Suharto resigned. He had the power to impose military rule, but refused to do so, thereby allowing the civilian process to develop. Taufik Darusman labeled him a "military reformist" because Wiranto reduced the military's role in Indonesian politics. He initiated the reduction of their seats in parliament and separated the police from the military. Nonetheless, more than 2,000 East Timorese were killed in violence under his watch, as well as 500,000 forced into displacement.

Susi Susanti

Olympic athlete

Lucia Francisca Susi Susanti is a retired Indonesian badminton player. Relatively small of stature, she combined quick and graceful movement with elegant shotmaking technique, and rates among the most successful players in the history of the women's game. Sometimes her name is also spelled Susy Susanti.


Noble person

Diponegoro, also known as Dipanegara, was a Javanese prince who opposed the Dutch colonial rule. He played an important role in the Java War. In 1830, the Dutch exiled him to Makassar.

Sony Dwi Kuncoro

Olympic athlete

Sony Dwi Kuncoro is a male badminton singles player from Indonesia.

Maia Estianty


Maia Estianty, known as Maia Ahmad during her marriage to Dewa 19 frontman Ahmad Dhani, is an Indonesian songwriter, music producer, singer, dancer and actress. Estianty was born in Surabaya, East Java, and showed interest in music at an early age, winning a marching band competition while still in elementary school. She began training as a disc jockey while still in junior high school; it was around this time that she first met Dhani. After studying at the University of Indonesia, Estianty joined Dewa 19 as a backing vocalist. In 1999, she and Dhani came up with the idea for the musical duo Ratu. Estianty played the music, while other women – first Pinkan Mambo, then Mulan Jameela – sang. Ratu was highly successful. After the dissolution of the band in 2007 and a bitter divorce in September 2008, Estianty formed Duo Maia with Mey Chan. She is currently focusing on producing music with her label, Le Moesik.

Benyamin Sueb


Benyamin Sueb was an Indonesian comedian, actor, and singer. He released 46 studio albums and starred in more than 50 films. He received two Citra Awards for Intan Berduri in 1973 and Si Doel Anak Modern in 1975.


Pop Artist

Rossa Roslaina Sri Handayani, known mononymously as Rossa, or by some fans as Te'ocha, is an Indonesian singer. She remains one of the most popular artists in Indonesia and Malay-speaking countries.

Taufiq Kiemas


Taufiq Kiemas was the Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia from 2009 until his death in 2013. Taufiq was the husband of Megawati Sukarnoputri, President of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004. Taufiq married Megawati in 1973; it was Megawati's third marriage. Together they cared for three children, M. Rizki Pramata, M. Pranada Prabowo, and Puan Maharani. Puan was the child of Taufiq's marriage to Megawati. Taufiq joined with Megawati in active support of the PDI-P, the Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle, one of the leading political parties in Indonesia. As of 2008, Taufiq was the leader of the PDI-P's Muslim religious wing, the BMI. He was a well-known participant in PDI-P affairs, often commenting on national matters such as preparations for the 2014 legislative and presidential elections in Indonesia and sometimes differing with his wife on certain issues concerning the management and leadership of the party. Taufiq had bypass surgery in Australia in 2000 and had been hospitalised on a number of occasions after the treatment. His biography, Gelora Kebangsaan Tak Kunjung Padam which recounted both episodes of his life and his thoughts about various national issues, was launched in December 2012 to celebrate his 70th birthday.

Patty Brard

Pop Artist

Patty Brard is a famous Indo entertainer. She is a TV personality and a singer notable as a member of the girl group Luv'. For three decades, she has often hit the headlines of the tabloid press. In the late 1970s, Luv' scored a string of international hit records such as "You're the Greatest Lover", "Trojan Horse", "Casanova" and "Ooh, Yes I Do". The group reunited in 2005. Since 1982, Patty has been active on television as a host/presenter of Candid Camera-like TV shows such as Bananasplit and Gaan met die Banaan as well as the 1985 edition of the San Remo Festival and the 2001 version of Big Brother. Inspired by the success of The Osbournes, she was involved from 2003 to 2006 in reality television shows that featured her life, the most popular being Patty's Posse. In recent years, she was often invited on famous talk shows. Her funny participation in the ice skating competition Sterren Dansen Op Het IJs was a highly covered event in early 2007. She hosted the entertainment news program Shownieuws between February 2007 and May 2011 on SBS 6. Brard also presented other shows on the same channel: De Nieuwe Uri Geller, Wie Ben Ik?, K2 zoekt K3" and "Prins zoekt vrouw". After Sanoma and Talpa had taken over SBS Nederland in 2011, her contract was not extended. In September 2011, she will appear with fellow celebrities Patricia Paay and Tatjana Simic on the RTL 4 reality program Diva's draaien door.

Andik Vermansyah

Soccer Midfielder

Andik Vermansyah is an Indonesian footballer, who currently plays for Ventforet Kofu in the J-League. The attacking midfielder is considered one of the greatest talents in football in Indonesia. He is considered as one of ten Asian players to watch in 2012 by ESPN Soccernet.

Shireen Sungkar


Shireen Sungkar, is an Indonesian actress. She is best known for playing Fitri on the soap opera Cinta Fitri, on SCTV. Her father, Mark Sungkar, is also an Indonesian actor.

Nikita Willy

Pop Artist

Nikita Willy is an Indonesian actress and pop singer. Willy started her career in the entertainment world in Indonesia since the age of 7 years by starring in a soap operas titled "Bulan dan Bintang". The artist with Minangkabau ancestry has since become more famous, with the Dime Novel role in a soap opera with Evan Sanders Willy training mixed martial arts and judoka. On her lavish 17th birthday party in 2011, she was given a new Cadillac with value of Rp.3.4 billion as a present from her parents. Keith Martin was also invited and sang several songs with her. She has chosen her career in showbiz over education, so she dropped out of school in 2011. Nikita became known the public as with actors Evan Sanders starred in the film, entitled Roman Picisan even at the age of 6 years he has played in sinetron bulan dan bintang After success as a soap opera actress, Nikita also open up to become a singer. On October 9, 2012 ago, Nikita finally issued the first album, titled lebih dari indah. The album helped several famous musicians such as Melly Goeslaw, Anto Hoed and Bebi Romeo famous for his single Last Flower



Prof. Dr. Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah or better known by the nickname Hamka, which stands for his name, is Indonesian novelist, ulama, philosopher and political activist.

Anthony Fokker


Anton Herman Gerard "Anthony" Fokker was a Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer. He is most famous for the fighter aircraft he produced in Germany during the First World War such as the Eindecker monoplanes, the Fokker Triplane and the Fokker D.VII. After the collapse of Germany, Fokker moved his business to the Netherlands where his company was responsible for a variety of successful aircraft including the Fokker trimotor, a successful passenger aircraft of the inter-war years. He died in North America in 1939. Later authors suggest he was personally charismatic but controversial or unscrupulous in business.

Tan Malaka


Tan Malaka was a teacher, Indonesian philosopher, PKI leader, and an Indonesian national hero.

Ari Lasso

Pop rock Artist

Ari Bernardus Lasso, better known as Ari Lasso is an Indonesian musician and former lead vocalist of Dewa 19.

Meriam Bellina


Meriam Bellina is an actress.



Raden Ayu Kartini, or sometimes known as Raden Ajeng Kartini, was a prominent Javanese and an Indonesian national heroine. Kartini was a pioneer in the area of women's rights for Indonesians.

Eva Arnaz


Eva Yanthi Arnaz is an Indonesian film actress who was prominent in Indonesian film in the 1980s. She was best known for her work in action films. Married four times, her second marriage was to action film co-star Barry Prima. Considered a sex symbol during her acting career, she became a devout Muslim afterwards, using the name Siti Syarifah, and wearing the Indonesian jilbāb since 2000. Her current husband is of Arab origin with whom she has one child.

Xaviera Hollander


Xaviera Hollander is a former call girl, madam, and memoirist. She is best known for her best-selling memoir The Happy Hooker: My Own Story.

Abdul Haris Nasution


Abdul Haris Nasution was an Indonesian general who was twice appointed Army Chief of Staff and who escaped an assassination attempt during the 1965 coup attempt by 30 September Movement.

Afgan Syahreza

Pop Artist

Afgan Syahreza, known widely as Afgan, is an Indonesian pop singer and actor. He released his debut album Confession # 1 in January 2008. In 2010, he released his second album The One. He has won a variety awards for his work, including Best Male Vocalist at the 2009 Indonesian Music Awards and Best Male Artist at the 2009 Planet Muzik Awards.

Sunan Kalijaga


Sunan Kalijaga, born as Raden Mas Said son of a Regent of Tuban in East Java, Indonesia, was one of the "nine saints" of Islam. Initially a grass salesman, the "Kalijaga" title was derived from an orchard known as "Kalijaga" in Cirebon. Other accounts suggest the name derives from his hobby of submerging himself in Kali. Others note that the name Kalijaga derived its nature from the Arabic notion of qadli dzaqa which means "holy leader" in the sultanate. He was a close friend of Sunan Gunungjati, and is said to have lived to the age of one hundred. He witnessed the downfall of Majapahit, the kingdoms of Demak, Cirebon, Banten, and Pajang which in 1546. Among his missionary activities, he built two mosques, Masjid Agung Cirebon and Masjid Agung Demak. His main mentor was Sunan Bonang, another of the Wali Sanga. Kalijaga's beliefs and teaching are more sufistic than salaf, applying arts and culture as medium for his dawah. He was also tolerant to local tradition. His exegesis from the Quranic perspective led him to believe that people will keep away from dakwah if their personality is questioned. In this premise one should consider a step by step approach to his people by the principle of following yet influencing. To him, if Islam is truly/fully understood, then people will gradually give up their old habits.

Mario Teguh


Mario Teguh is a motivational speaker and consultant from Indonesia.

Greysia Polii

Olympic Badminton Player

Greysia Polii is a female badminton player from Indonesia.


Synthpop Artist

Taco Ockerse, better known by his stage name Taco, is an Indonesian-born Dutch singer and entertainer who started his career in Germany.

Dahlan Iskan


Dahlan Iskan is the former CEO and founder of Indonesian newspaper publisher, Jawa Pos Group. He was the CEO of Indonesia's State Electricity Company, from December 23, 2009 to October, 2011. Currently he is Indonesia's Minister for State-owned enterprises. Dahlan is known for his unorthodox, often personalised, approach to solving internal bureaucratic problems and inefficiencies within stated-owned enterprises. Over time, he has come to been seen as a somewhat controversial figure and his style as a minister has attracted criticism from members of the Indonesian parliament. He has responded vigorously to criticisms from parliamentarians by threatening to expose details of payments allegedly made by SOEs in order to be able to meet MPs in parliamentary commission hearings.He also support the development of enviromentally friedndly car,where he often test drive himself.Although he crashed one of the car when he test trive the car.

Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka

Olympic athlete

Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka is an Indonesian badminton player.

Sandra Dewi


Monica Nicholle Sandra Dewi Gunawan Basri, better known as Sandra Dewi, is an Indonesian model and actress.

Tony Gunawan

Olympic Badminton Player

Tony Gunawan is a badminton athlete, participated in 2000 Sidney and 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Andriani Marshanda


Andriani Marshanda, also known as "Caca" or "Chacha" is an Indonesian actress, singer and also a television host.

Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth


Pia Zebadiah Bernadet is a female badminton player from Indonesia. She is the sister of men's doubles world and Olympic champion Markis Kido.



Parameswara, also called Iskandar Shah, was the last king of Singapura who ruled from 1389 to 1398. The king fled the island kingdom after a Majapahit naval invasion in 1398 and founded his new stronghold on the mouth of Bertam river in 1402. Within decades, the new city grew rapidly to become the capital of the Malacca Sultanate.

Reza Rahadian


Reza Rahadian is an Indonesian actor who rose to prominence following his role in Perempuan Berkalung Sorban. Born in Jakarta, he took up acting while in senior high school and made his feature film debut in 2004. Since receiving his first Citra Award in 2009, he has acted in over a dozen films, ranging from comedies and romances to dramas and biopics.

Ki Hajar Dewantara


Raden Mas Soewardi Soerjaningrat was a leading activist in the Indonesian independence movement, columnist, politician, and pioneer of education for native Indonesians in Dutch colonial times. He founded the College Student Park, an institution that provides an educational opportunity for indigenous commoners which otherwise was limited to the aristocracy and the Dutch colonials. His birth date is now celebrated in Indonesia as National Education Day. Part of the motto creation, tut wuri handayani, a slogan for the ministry of education. A navy training ship bears his name, KRI Ki Hajar Dewantara. His portrait immortalizes him in the paper money 20,000 rupiah denomination in 1998. He was confirmed as a National Hero of Indonesia by Indonesia's second president, Sukarno, on 28 November 1959.

Leonardus Benjamin Moerdani


Leonardus Benjamin Moerdani was the ABRI Commander from 1983 to 1988 and also served as Indonesia's Minister of Defense and Security. He is famous due to his strong stance in many decisive situations in Indonesian political and social life. He was also significant as a leader who was Catholic in a predominantly Muslim community.

Adipati Koesmadji


Adipati Koesmadji also known as the Adipati Dolken, is an actor from Indonesia. Adipati Koesmadji becoming known since role as Virgo in the soap opera that aired on SCTV, Kepompong.

Boaz Solossa

Soccer Forward

Boaz Solossa is an Indonesian footballer. His brothers, Ortizan and Nehemia, are also footballers. Boaz plays at Persipura while Ortizan plays at Persija. They met in a match at the 2005 Liga Indonesia final, where Persipura beat Persija 3–2. He is known by his high leveled dribbling technique and his crossing accuracy or short-passing with his left-foot. Nevertheless, Boas was unable to perform for Persipura for almost 6 months due to an incident where he and his Persipura teammates assaulted a referee officiating one of Persipura matches in the 2004–2005 season. During the time he was out of action, many considered his skills to drop and his prospect wasted. This resulted in the Indonesian national team manager Peter Withe crossing his name off the team list from the national team in 2006. He also has a bad reputation due to his alcoholism, which also contributed to his decline in form over the past year although Boas stated that he is trying his best to quit and gain back his place in the Indonesian national team. In 2011, Boas got an offer to play at Dutch club VVV-Venlo, but because of the family he chose to keep playing in Persipura Jayapura.

Maria Kristin Yulianti

Olympic Badminton Player

Maria Kristin Yulianti is a women's singles badminton player from Indonesia. She is one of the most successful female Indonesian badminton players, along with Susi Susanti and Mia Audina.

Farah Quinn

TV Personality

Farah Farhanah Quinn is an Indonesian celebrity chef, restaurateur, media personality, known for her culinary television shows. A La Chef, one of her television show guides viewers on exploration of cuisine of Indonesia as she performs simple uncomplicated styles of cooking and fresh ingredients that allows her to give a unique and modern twist to traditional dishes while staying true to their origins and history. She was awarded by Panasonic Gobel Awards 2013 as the Best Presenter for hobby and lifestyle television program

Mia Audina

Olympic athlete

Mia Audina Tjiptawan; born 22 August 1979 is a former Chinese Indonesian badminton player who represented Indonesia and later the Netherlands in international competitions. A badminton prodigy, Audina first played Uber Cup for Indonesia at fourteen, winning the decisive final match in the championship round against China in 1994. She helped Indonesia to retain the title in 1996, and was a member of the 1998 Indonesian team that relinquished the cup to China, before moving to the Netherlands with her Dutch-national husband. As a Dutch resident she continued to compete, winning titles in both Europe and Asia before retiring from high-level competition in 2006. Top honors in badminton's three most prestigious events for individual players, the Olympics, the All-Englands, and the World Championships, eluded Audina, though she was twice an Olympic silver medalist in singles and was a bronze medalist at the World Championships in 2003. Her most significant victories included the open singles titles of the USA, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Taiwan. She won singles at the Southeast Asian Games in 1997 and both singles and women's doubles at the European Championships in 2004. A gritty competitor and, in her youth, exceptionally mobile and supple, Audina was a crowd favorite throughout her career.

Nia Ramadhani


Prianti Nur Ramadhani, better known as Nia Ramadhani, is an Indonesian actress. She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia on 16 April 1990. Nia has one younger sister, Thalita Ramadhani, and both of them were raised by their mother ever since their parents' divorce when Nia was only 4 years old. Nia started stepping into the world of entertainment industry when she was 15. Her name began to be recognised among the fans in Indonesia when she played one of the major lead roles in "Bawang Merah Bawang Putih" alongside Dimaz Andrean and Revalina Temat. Nia Ramadhani was famous with her being in a number of short relationships. She was reportedly in a relationship with an R&B Singer, Ressa Herlambang which did not last long. She later paired up with the Bambang Reguna Bukit, or Bams, the lead singer of one of the most popular boy bands in Indonesia, Samsons. There were also brief relationships with Andhika Pratama, her partner in one of her movies, Kesurupan, as well as Edy Baskoro, the son of Indonesia's current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. In April 2010, Nia had married to Adriansyah Bakrie, the son of Indonesia's well-known politician and entrepreneur, Aburizal Bakrie. Their marriage was said to be a lavish one with an estimated spending of up to 10 Billion Rupiahs in total. The President also attended the wedding as he was quite close with the groom's father. Nia and Adriansyah welcomed their daughter named Mikhayla, on July 2, 2012.

Inul Daratista


Inul Daratista is a dangdut singer and performance artist from Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia. She became nationally famous in 2003, and is known for her suggestive style of dancing that has caused major controversy in Indonesia. Inul is a corrupted version of Ainur, and the singer's childhood pet name. As she began her musical career singing in a 'rock' band, she adopted the stage name Daratista. Inul Daratista rose to national fame after a televised January 2003 concert in Jakarta. Her dance moves, which she calls Goyang Inul, goyang-gerudi, or Ngebor, quickly became the source of controversy due to her gyrating hip motions. Some conservative Muslim organizations such as the Indonesian Muslim Council called for a ban on her concerts. She was cited as a reason to pass a national anti-pornography bill that was drafted during the height of the controversy in mid-2003, but as of 2005 has not passed. Inul's dance style was also criticised by other dangdut singers, most vocally Rhoma Irama, for "corrupting" the genre, though these criticisms did little to dent her popularity.