The Lebanese seem to have inherited the traveling spirit of their Phoenician ancestors. More than 80% of the Lebanese (up to the last 5 generations) live outside Lebanon around the globe. Many Lebanese had successful achievements and became prominent figures in the countries they ended in. Around 20% of the Brazilian parliament is of Lebanese descent.
Nicholas Hayek or "Mr. Swatch” was credited with revamping the Swiss watch-making industry in the 1980s.
Brian Peter Medawar is the Lebanese-Brazilian who won the Nobel Laureate in Medicine in 1960 for discovery of acquired immunological tolerance.
Ellias Serrano the Former President of Guatemala
Bucaram the Former Ecuador President.
Michael Ellis DeBakey (September 7, 1908 – July 11, 2008) was a world-renowned American cardiac surgeon, innovator, scientist, medical educator, and international medical statesman.
Charles Elachi, born April 18, 1947 in Lebanon is the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), located in Pasadena, California. He has held this position since May 1, 2001 and also holds professorships in electrical engineering and planetary science at Caltech. Elachi is the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vice president of the California Institute of Technology.
Hasan Kamel Al-Sabbah (August 16, 1895 - March 31, 1935) was an electrical and electronics research engineer, mathematician and inventor. Among the patents were reported innovations in television transmission
Charles Corm (1894-1963) was a Lebanese writer, industrialist and philanthropist. He is considered to be the leader of the Phoenicianism movement in Lebanon which ignited a surge of nationalism that led to Lebanon's independence.
Amin Maalouf (born 25 February 1949 in Beirut) is a Lebanese author. He received the Prix Goncourt in 1993 for his novel Le rocher de Tanios ,he has also been awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature in its 2010 edition. He was elected at the Académie française on 23 June 2011, on seat . Maalouf is the first Lebanese inducted as an academy immortal.
Carlos Ghosn, (born March 9, 1954) is a Lebanese-Brazilian businessman born in Porto Velho, Brazil, who is currently the Chairman and CEO of Paris-based Renault, Chairman and CEO of Japan-based Nissan, and Chairman of Russian automobile manufacturer AvtoVAZ.
Khalil Gibran (Jibran, 1883–1931), a native of Lebanon, achieved international renown through his paintings and literary works. He is best known for his long poem the Prophet.
Charles Habib Malik (1906–87), for many years Lebanon's leading diplomat, was president of the 13th UN General Assembly in 1958/59.