Celebrities, politicians, activists, models, millionaires and entrepreneurs; Malaysia has some famous people worth knowing because they are very inspirational. Here are some famous Malaysians you should know.

1. Dato’ Jimmy Choo, OBE Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat

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Dato’ Jimmy Choo comes from a family of shoemakers in Penang. His name, Jimmy Choo, was actually misspelled on his birth certificate; Jimmy Choo was supposed to be Jimmy Chow! His company’s international recognition for its expensive and high-end handmade women’s shoes can be traced back to his father who taught Choo how to make his first shoe at the age of 11. Jimmy co-founded Jimmy Choo Ltd in 1996 but has since sold his 50% stake in the company to his co-founder, Tamara Mellon. Based in London, Jimmy Choo is currently involved in a project to set up a shoemaking institute in Malaysia.