Famous Bolivians

Who are the top five most famous Bolivians, living or dead?


Country: Bolivia


1.- Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada (President of Bolivia 1993-1997 and 2002-2003) living
2.- Evo Morales Aima (Actual President of Bolivia 2006-up today)living
3.- Manfred Reyes Villa (Business)
4.- Adela Zamudio (Literature - writer an poet) dead
5.- Franz Tamayo (Literature - poet, politic and diplomaric) dead
I would say the most famous Bolivians are mostly former presidents: Bolivar (1st president and liberator of half of South America), Sucre (2nd president, also liberator). These men were not Bolivian-born; Evo Morales (present President), Victor Paz (4-time president in the 50s, 60s and 80s and leader of the National Revolution of 1952)and maybe Mr. Escalante, a math teacher in Los Angeles who made it possible for students with problems to unexpectedly progress to post-secondary studies (there's a movie).

1) Simón I. Patiño: the richest man in the world for some years during the 30s&40s last century; 2) Hugo Banzer: militar dictator and assassin from '71 to '78, took the power after a coup against a socialist regime, right before Pinochet in Chile, his good friend and accomplice in regional terror; 3) Roberto Suarez: chief of a huge cocaine cartel by the end of 80s and begining the 90s; 4) "El Diablo" Marco Antonio Etcheverry: excelent soccer player, classified the national team in '93 for the world cup in USA'94, finished his career in the USA; 5) and last but not least: (sadly famous) Evo Morales, currently president of Bolivia and a potential threat to democracy
Simon Bolivar
Mariano Melgarejo
Victor Paz Estensoro
Eduardo Avaroa
Evo Morales
1.Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (ex-presidente)
2. Simon I. Patiño (hombre de negocios)
3. Adela Zamudio (escritora)
4. Jaime Escalantet (profesor)
Simón Patiño (1861–1947), the richest of the "big three" tin barons, began his career as a loan collector and acquired his first mine by chance; he later became one of the world's wealthiest men.

Jaime Escalante is a professor and teacher of mathematics who gained renown and distinction for his work at Garfield High School in Los Angeles, California in teaching poor minority students calculus.

Jaime Laredo is a famous violinist, soloist, conductor, recitalist and chamber musician. Grammy-winning violinist.

Roberto Mamani Mamani is an Aymaran artist. His work is significant in its use of Aymaran indigenous tradition and symbols. His art has been exhibited around the world.

Willy Kenning, famous Photographer.

Piraí Vaca is a noted Bolivian classical guitarist.

Raquel Welch, American actress of Spanish-Bolivian descent. She is a Golden Globe-winning American actress.
For the moment,the one who is giving a lot of news,is the former president Evo Morales, in political side.
In arts I would say, the artist Mamani Mamani..
Also the fashion designer, Beatriz Canedo, with her work with alpaca's wool,
The extint scientist Noel Kempff Mercado,for his love for the nature..
And last another woman, poet, Adela Zamudio...
1. Evo Morales
2. Mamani Mamani
3. Noel Kempff Mercado
4. Diablo Echeverry
5. Simón Patiño

You should have specified the type of famous you really wanted, i mean politicians, musicians, or whatever...
Well, I think these are some famous people 'cos everybody knows something about them, and i have mentioned them even if i like them or not...
hope this will help ya!
1. Victor Paz Estenssoro
2. Jaime Escalante
3. Simon I. Patiño
4. Marco Antonio Etcheverry
5. Beatriz Canedo Patiño
Some famous people in Bolivia would be unknown outside. Here it goes anyway:
1. Evo Morales (No other Bolivian president made the cover of the London Financial Times ever)
2. Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (There are documentaries and books on him such as "Our Brand is Crisis"
3. El Diablo Etcheverry (played in the US MLS Major League Soccer)
4. Mamani Mamani (our most pop artist, had exhibits worldwide)
5. Simon Patinho (one of the richest mine owners, supposedly made it to the Forbes list back in the day)

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