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7 Famous People from Nicaragua and What They're Known For

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Updated: 10 May 2018
If you’re interested in the history of Nicaragua and the notable personalities that the country has produced, take a look at our list of some of Nicaragua’s great and good.

Bianca Pérez-Mora Macías

A renowned social and human rights advocate, she founded the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation. If you’re wondering where the change in name came from, Bianca Pérez-Mora Macías was married to Rolling Stones vocalist Mick Jagger from 1971-78.

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Bianca Jagger, born in Nicaragua | Garry Knight / flickr

Félix Rubén García Sarmiento

Known as Rubén Darío, the poet is one of the best known in Spanish-language literature. He was born in 1867 and started the modernism movement that swept through Spanish-American literature at the turn of the century. Voted “top Latin American personality of the millennium” by a BBC World Service survey.

A stamp printed in Nicaragua shows the Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario, circa 1967
A stamp printed in Nicaragua shows the Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario, circa 1967 | © neftali / Shutterstock

Alexis Arguello

This professional boxer was a three-weight world champion in the 1970s-80s, and is regularly named as one of the best boxers of his era. He retired in 1995 and died in 2009, and has since been named the best super featherweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press.

Barbara Carrera

Actor and model Carrera is best known for her role as assassin Fatima Blush in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again and Angelica Nero in Dallas.

Denis Martinez

Former Major League baseball pitcher Martinez, known as “El Presidente” was the first Latin American-born pitcher to pitch a perfect game in 1991. He had a long career in the sport and was voted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Baseball in Nicaragua
Baseball in Nicaragua | © Roman Konigshofer / Flickr

José “Chepito” Areas

Famed percussionist Areas played in the rock group Santana for two stints, from 1969-77 and 1987-89. He is now a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a result of his work and remains a favourite in Nicaragua.

Roman “Chocolatito” González

Born in 1987, González is a professional boxer and the holder of the WBC super flyweight title. Some say that he’s the best pound-for-pound boxer not only from Nicaragua, but the world, having won titles in four different weight classes.