List of popular Kazakh people

The Kazakh population is around 17 million people on Earth but Kazakhs have a long history, clever and creative people and a rich culture heritage – so the list of popular Kazakhs isn’t short.

Film business

  • Shaken Aimanov (1914–1970), film director, actor
  • Timur Bekmambetov (born 1961), film director
  • Rashid Nugmanov (born 1954), film director
  • Gulshat Omarova (born 1968), writer, film director and actress
  • Berik Aitzhanov (born 1979), actor, film producer

Fashion

  • Berik Kazymzhanov (born 1994), international fashion model
  • Ruslana Korshunova (1987–2008), international fashion model
  • Alyona Subbotina (born 1990), international fashion model

Artists

  • Altynai Asylmuratova (born 1961), ballerina
  • Abylkhan Kasteev (1904–1973), painter
  • Agimsaly Duzelkhanov (born 1951)
  • Aya Shalkar (born 1996), graphic designer

Composers and musicians

  • Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly (1823–1896), composer, instrumentalist and folk artist
  • Jambyl Jabayev (1846–1945), Kazakh traditional folksinger
  • Makhambet Otemisuly (1804–1846), akyn, composer, leader of rebellious movement against Russian Empire
  • Kulyash Baiseitova (1912–1957), opera singer
  • Roza Baglanova (1922–2011), opera singer
  • Shamshi Kaldayakov (1930–1992), composer
  • Erik Kurmangaliev (1959–2008), opera singer
  • Roza Rymbaeva (born 1957), singer
  • Marat Bisengaliev (born 1962), violinist and director of Orchestras
  • Dos Mukasan (formed 1967), rock and pop music group
  • Tolkyn Zabirova (born 1970), singer
  • Alan Buribaev (born 1979), conductor
  • Kairat Nurtas (born 1989), singer
  • Ulytau (formed 2001), Folk metal, Neo-classical metal
  • Ninety One (formed 2015), Qpop band
  • Dimash Kudaibergen (born 1994), singer
  • Daneliya Tuleshova (born 2006), singer

Heads of State

  • Ablai Khan (1711–1781), Khan of Middle jüz, leader of Kazakh Khanate (1771–1781)
  • Abul Khair Khan (1693–1748), Khan of Junior jüz (1725–1748)
  • Zhumabay Shayakhmetov (1902–1966), First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Kazakh SSR (1946–1954)
  • Dinmukhamed Kunayev (1912–1993), First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Kazakh SSR (1960–1962, 1964–1986), Prime Minister, President Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences
  • Nursultan Nazarbaev (born 1940), President of Kazakhstan
  • Kerei Khan (?-1465), founder and co-leader of Kazakh Khanate (1456–1465)
  • Janybek Khan (1428–1480), founder and co-leader of Kazakh Khanate (1465–1480)
  • Burunduk Khan (?-1511), leader of the Kazakh Khanate (1480–1510)
  • Kasym Khan (1445–1521), leader of the Kazakh Khanate (1510–1521)
  • Kenesary Khan (1802–1847), khan of all three jüzes (1841–1847)
  • Tauke Khan (?-1718), leader of the Kazakh Khanate (1680–1718)
  • Esim Khan (?-1628(1643)), leader of the Kazakh Khanate (1598–1628(1643))

Philosophers

  • Al-Farabi (872–950), scientist, philosopher and mathematician
  • Khoja Ahmad Yasavi (1106–1166), poet and Sufi (Muslim mystic)
  • Abay Qunanbayuli (1845–1904), poet, translator, composer and philosopher

Science

Applied and Natural Science

  • Alikhan Bokeikhanov (1866–1937), writer, political activist and environmental scientist
  • Shafik Chokin (1912–2003), engineer, President of Academy of Sciences
  • Kanysh Satpayev (1899–1964), engineer, geologist, President of Academy of Sciences
  • Ken Alibek (born 1950), microbiologist
  • Kaisha Atakhanova (born 1957), genetic biologist

Social science

  • Al-Farabi (872–950), scientist, philosopher and mathematician
  • Askar Dzhumadildayev (born 1956), mathematician
  • Mirza Muhammad Haidar Dughlat (1499 or 1500–1551), historian, Chagatai Turco-Mongol military general
  • Sarsen Amanzholov (1903–1958), linguist, Turkologist
  • Orazak Ismagulov (born 1930), anthropologist
  • Zhenis Kembayev (born 1975), jurist
  • Marat Aldangorovich Sarsembaev (born 1947), jurist

Sport

Boxers

  • Serik Konakbaev (born 1959) – silver medal winner of the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Bolat Niyazymbetov (born 1972) – bronze medal winner of the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Yermakhan Ibraimov (born 1972) – bronze medal winner of the 1996 Summer Olympics, champion of the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Bekzat Sattarkhanov (1980–2000) – champion of the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Bulat Jumadilov (born 1973) – silver medal winner of the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov (born 1976) – silver medal winner of the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Bakhtiyar Artayev (born 1983) – champion of the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Serik Yeleuov (born 1980) – bronze medal winner of the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Bakhyt Sarsekbayev (born 1981) – champion of the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Yerkebulan Shynaliyev (born 1987) – bronze medal winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Serik Sapiyev (born 1983) – boxer, champion of the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Kanat Islam (born 1984) – bronze medal winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics, WBA Inter-Continental, WBO NABO, WBO Inter-Continental, WBA Fedelatin, WBA Fedecaribe Super welterweight
  • Yerdos Zhanabergenov (born 1983) – boxer
  • Gennady Golovkin (born 1982) – silver medal winner of the 2004 Summer Olympics, current WBC, IBF, WBA Super Middleweight and IBO champion

Wrestling

Greek-Roman (Classic) style

  • Shamil Serikov (1956–1989) – champion of the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Jacksylyk Ushkempirov (born 1951) – champion of the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Daulet Turlykhanov (born 1963) – silver medal winner of the 1992 Summer Olympics, silver bronze-winner of the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Nurbakyt Tengizbayev(born 1983) – bronze medal winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Asset Mambetov (born 1982) – bronze medal winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics

Freestyle

  • Maulen Mamyrov (born 1970) – bronze medal winner of the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Islam Bairamukov (born 1971) – silver medal winner of the 2000 Summer Olympics

Judo

  • Askhat Zhitkeyev (born 1981) – judoka, silver medal-winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Yeldos Smetov (born 1992) – judoka, silver medal-winner of the 2016 Summer Olympics

Chess

  • Zhansaya Abdumalik (born 2000) – International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM)
  • Darmen Sadvakasov (born 1978) – chess grandmaster
  • Rinat Jumabayev (born 1989) – chess grandmaster

Ice hockey

  • Evgeni Nabokov (born 1975) – former NHL goaltender (1995–2015)

Soccer

  • Aigerim Aitymova (born 1993) – 2019 Kazakhstan women’s national football team
  • Seilda Baishakov (born 1950) – FC Kairat (1971 -1981)
  • Samat Smakov (born 1978) – footballer, General Director for FC Aktobe
  • Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev (born 1981) – footballer, Sports Director for FC Tobol
  • Kairat Ashirbekov (born 1982) – FC Ordabasy from 2010
  • Serikzhan Muzhikov (born 1989) – FC Astana from 2014
  • Madi Zhakypbayev (born 2000) – FC Astana from 2016
  • Baktiyar Zaynutdinov (born 1998) – Kazakh professional footballer, FC Rostov from 2019
  • Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (born 1993) – Kazakh professional footballer, captain FC Kairat from 2014
  • Yerkebulan Seydakhmet (born 2000) – Kazakh professional footballer FC Ufa from 2018

Tennis

  • Alexander Bublik (Born 1997)
  • Mikhail Kukushkin (Born 1987)
  • Yulia Putintseva (Born 1995)
  • Elena Rybakina (Born 1999)

Cycling

  • Assan Bazayev (born 1981) – cyclist
  • Alexander Vinokourov (born 1973) – cyclist

Ski Jumping

  • Assan Takhtakhunov (born 1986) – ski jumper
  • Radik Zhaparov (born 1984) – ski jumper

Figure Skating

  • Andrey Kryukov (born 1971) – Figure Skater
  • Elizabet Tursynbayeva (born 2000) – figure skater and 2019 World Silver Medalist

Others

  • Arman Chilmanov (born 1984) – taekwondo athlete, bronze prize-winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Dias Keneshev (born 1985) – biathlet
  • Kaisar Nurmagambetov (born 1977) – flatwater canoer
  • Boris Polak (born 1954) – Israeli world champion and Olympic sport shooter
  • Qajymuqan (1871–1948) – freestyle wrestler
  • Eduard Vinokurov (1942–2010) – Kazakh-born Soviet Olympic and world champion fencer
  • Yernar Yerimbetov (born 1980) – gymnast
  • Aliya Yussupova (born 1984) – athlete
  • Kasym Kaysenov (23th April 1918 – 30th December 2006) – war hero and writer

Writers and poets

  • Khoja Akhmet Yassawi (1106–1166) – poet and Sufi (Muslim mystic)
  • Bukhar-zhirau Kalmakanov (1693–1789) – poet
  • Shokan Walikhanuli (1835–1865) – scholar, ethnographer and historian
  • Ibrahim Altynsarin (1841–1889) – pedagogue, writer
  • Abay Qunanbayuli (1845–1904) – poet, composer and philosopher
  • Jambyl Jabayev (1846–1945) – akyn, student of Suinbay
  • Alikhan Bokeikhanov (1866–1937) – writer, political activist and environmental scientist
  • Akhmet Baytursinuli (1873–1937) – poet, writer, pedagogue and politician
  • Mirjaqip Dulatuli (1885–1935) – poet, writer and a leader of Alash Orda government
  • Sultanmahmut Toraygirov (1893–1920) – poet and writer
  • Magzhan Zhumabayev (1893–1938) – writer, publicist, founder of modern Kazakh literature
  • Saken Seyfullin (1894–1939) – poet and writer, national activist
  • Mukhtar Auezov (1897–1961) – writer, public figure
  • Baurzhan Momyshuly (1910–1982) – writer, hero of the Soviet Union during World War II
  • Sabit Mukanov (1900–1973) – poet and writer
  • Gabit Musirepov (1902–1985) – writer, playwright
  • Mukaghali Makatayev (1931–1976) – akyn, poet
  • Tauman Torekhanov (born 1931) – writer, journalist and executive editor
  • Qabdesh Jumadilov (born 1936) – writer
  • Olzhas Suleimenov (born 1936) – poet, politician, and anti-nuclear activist
  • Mukhtar Shakhanov (born 1942) – writer, lawmaker, ambassador
  • Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov (born 1951) – poet and lyricist
  • Karina Abdullina (born 1976), poet and singer