Famous Armenians

List of some famous Armenians, with explanation of their Armenian heritage. Population of Armenia is about 3 million, and another 7 million Armenians live outside Armenia.

  • Alexander Spendiarian – 1871-1928, composer, statue in front of the Yerevan Opera House, which was named after him. There’s an Alexander Spendiarian House Museum in Yerevan.
  • Andre Agassi (Andre Kirk Agassi) – tennis player, born 1970 in USA. Gave up mullet hair style for a shaved head.
  • Aram Khachaturian – 1903-1978, composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (Tpilisi or Tiflis at the time) to an Armenian family, lived in Moscow, Russia. Statue in front of the Yerevan Opera House.
  • Charles Aznavour – singer, born 1924 in Paris, France. You can see a house labeled with his name from the top of the Cascades in Yerevan.
  • Cher (Cheryl or Cherilyn Sarkissian) – singer, born 1946 in USA.
  • Diana, Princess of Wales – 1961-1997, 1/64th Armenian through her great-grandmother, Eliza Kewark (Eliza Kyuark or Kevorkian) … apparently (might be urban legend).
  • Garry Kasparov – chess player, born 1963 in Baku, Azerbaijan (when it was part of the USSR). Mother was Armenian, father was Jewish.
  • Dr Jack Kevorkian – “Dr Death”, famous (or infamous depending on your perspective) for helping people commit suicide.
  • Kim Kardashian – who?
  • Steve Jobs – 1955-2011, computer geek. Not Armenian by birth but his adoptive mother was an Armenian immigrant to America – Clara Jobs (née Hagopian). He spoke fluent Armenian apparently.
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