List of Mexican Americans

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Mexican Americans are residents of the United States who are of Mexican descent. The list includes Mexican immigrants and those who lived in the southwestern United States when the territory was incorporated in 1848.


American football

Two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Jim Plunkett
Tony Romo


Hall of Fame Legend Ted Williams
Nomar Garciaparra
Evan Longoria



Solomon Garcia Smith became the first world champion of Latino ancestry in 1897.
Oscar De La Hoya was the first boxer to win major titles in six divisions.
World champion Mia St John
Olympic medalist Marlen Esparza

Football (soccer)

Carlos Bocanegra served as the US team captain for six years
Stephanie (Lopez) Cox, U.S. Woman's National Team Olympic gold medalist


Ice hockey

NHL No. 1 pick Auston Matthews

Martial arts

Cain Velasquez
Dominick Cruz


Three-time WWE Women's Champion Melina Perez

Other sports

Pancho Gonzales was the World No. 1 tennis player for an all-time record eight years from 1952 to 1960.
Tony Alva is regarded among the most influential skateboarders of all time.
U.S. Olympian Brenda Villa, the most decorated athlete in the world of women's water polo.
Guillermo Gracida, Jr. is considered one of the greatest polo players of all-time, along with his brother Carlos.

Arts and entertainment

Actors and media personalities

Directors and filmmakers


Musicians, singers and music groups

María Grever was a prolific Mexican-born and U.S.-based composer who achieved crossover success.
Andy Russell (born Andrés Rábago) is recognized as the first Latino crossover singer in the U.S.
Joan Baez
Linda Ronstadt has sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time
Lead singer Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine
Los Angeles born singer-songwriter Cuco
6ix9ine is a half-Mexican, half-Puerto Rican rapper from New York City.

Authors and poets

Visual arts


  • Michael Balderrama (born 1973) – choreographer, Broadway dancer, and producer
  • Corky Ballas (born 1960) – ballroom dancer, holds several Latin dance championship titles
  • Mark Ballas (born 1986) – Emmy nominated choreographer, dancer, and musician
  • Evelyn Cisneros (born 1958) – ballerina, instructor
  • René Elizondo Jr. (born 1962) – dancer, music video director
  • Rosa Ramirez Guerrero (born 1934) – founder of the International Folklorico Dance Group
  • Cynthia Harvey (born 1957) – former American Ballet Theatre and Royal Ballet principal dancer, artistic director of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
  • Tina Landon (born 1963) – choreographer who has worked with numerous musical performers
  • José Limón (1908–1972) – influential dancer and choreographer, active between 1929 and 1969
  • Nicholas Magallanes (1922–1977) – principal dancer for the New York City Ballet
  • Viktor Manoel (born 1957) – choreographer, writer, and actor
  • Tony Meredith (born 1958) – ballroom dancer, choreographer, and US Latin dance Champion
  • Tina Ramirez (born 1929) – dancer and choreographer, founder of Ballet Hispanico, the leading Hispanic dance company in the United States.
  • Maclovia Ruiz (1910–2005) – dancer with the San Francisco Ballet in the 1930s
  • Eva Tessler (born 1955) – director, playwright, and dancer

Drag performers



Political figures

Raúl Castro, Governor of Arizona
Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada
Susana Martinez, first Hispanic female governor in the United States.
Michelle Lujan Grisham, first Democratic Hispanic female governor


General Richard E. Cavazos
Guy Gabaldon
Army Major General Alfred Valenzuela
World War II Medal of Honor recipient Marcario Garcia

Scholars and educators

Lauro Cavazos

Science and technology

Ellen Ochoa
Jose Hernandez

Civil rights leaders and community activists

Religious figures

Methodist Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

Businesspeople and entrepreneurs

LA Angels owner Arte Moreno
Anna Maria Chávez
  • Manuel Abud – media, television, and cable executive
  • Linda G. Alvarado (born 1951) – president and chief executive officer of a large commercial and industrial general contracting firm, co-owner of the Colorado Rockies baseball team.
  • María Elena Avila (born 1953) – entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader in California
  • Michael Ball – fashion mogul
  • Hector Barreto Jr. (born 1961) – 21st Administrator of the US Small Business Administration
  • Emilio Diez Barroso – chairman and CEO of NALA Investments, a private investment holding company
  • Xochi Birch – computer programmer and entrepreneur
  • Adolfo Camarillo (1864–1958) – businessman, wealthy landowner, and philanthropist
  • Juan Camarillo Jr. (1867–1936) – businessman, wealthy landowner, and philanthropist.
  • Jovita Carranza (born 1949) – President & CEO of the JCR Group, a consulting firm. Former Deputy Administrator for the United States Small Business Administration
  • Rudy Chapa (born 1957) – track runner and businessman
  • Anna Maria Chávez (born 1968) – CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Chicano Roy (Roy Suarez Garcia) (1945–2003) – motorbike builder and inventor
  • Maria Contreras-Sweet (born 1955) – 24th Administrator of the Small Business Administration, former executive chairwoman and founder of ProAmérica Bank.
  • Mike Curb (born 1944) – record company executive, NASCAR car owner, and former Lieutenant Governor of California.
  • William Davila (1931–2014) – first Mexican-American president of a large supermarket chain
  • Gérard Louis-Dreyfus (1932–2016) – chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services
  • Juan Enríquez (born 1959) – Managing Director of Excel Venture Management, academic, and speaker
  • Tavo Hellmund (born 1966) – former racing driver and promoter
  • Enrique Hernandez Jr. (born 1955) – business executive, president, and chief executive officer of Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., and a director of Wells Fargo and McDonald's
  • Traci Des Jardins (born 1967) – restaurateur and award-winning chef
  • Ninfa Laurenzo (1924–2001) – restaurateur
  • Bismarck Lepe – information technology CEO and product manager
  • Ignacio E. Lozano Sr. (1886–1953) – founder of La Opinión, the largest Spanish language newspaper in the US
  • Ignacio E. Lozano Jr. (born 1927) – newspaper publisher, ambassador, and corporate director
  • José I. Lozano (born 1954) – executive vice-president of Impremedia LLC
  • Daniel Lubetzky (born 1968) – entrepreneur, author, and activist, best known as the Founder and CEO of KIND LLC.
  • David Martinez (born 1957) – Managing partner
  • Mariano Martinez (entrepreneur) (born 1944) – inventor, entrepreneur, and restaurateur
  • Emilio Azcárraga Milmo (1930–1997) – CEO, media mogul
  • Richard Montañez – best known for claiming to have invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos.
  • Kate and Laura Mulleavy (born 1979, born 1980) – fashion designers
  • Oscar Munoz (executive) (born 1960) – CEO of United Airlines
  • Hugo Morales (radio) – radio executive
  • Arturo Moreno (born 1946) – businessman and owner of the Los Angeles Angels
  • George Paz – CEO of Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit management organization in the US.
  • Lisa Garcia Quiroz (1961–2018) – media executive, launched People en Español
  • Emiliano Reyes (born 1984) – American business executive, humanitarian activist, and Wikipedia author.
  • Emilio Romano – managing director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Mexico
  • John Romero (born 1967) – video game developer, co-founder of id Software
  • Rosa Rios (born 1965) – 43rd and current treasurer of the United States, businesswoman, executive, and entrepreneur.
  • Louis Ruiz (born 1953) – creator of Ruiz Foods, Inc. (Largest Latino owned company in California)
  • Leslie Sanchez (born 1971) – founder and CEO of Impacto Group LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based market research and consulting firm
  • Tony Sanchez (born 1943) – businessman, philanthropist, and Democratic politician
  • Dr. Tony E. H. Serna – co-inventor of the Stored Value Card Technology "Pre Paid Visa/MC cards", Introduced Cryo Therapy Machines to the USA-Mexico-and China, Businessman of the year 2016 by the NHCLC 40,000 churches strong, Oil and Gas Mogul, Marine Corps Veteran
  • Felix Tijerina (1905–1965) – restaurateur, activist, and philanthropist
  • Solomon Trujillo (born 1951) – CEO and businessman
  • Louis Verdad – fashion designer
  • Sam Zamarripa (born 1952) – entrepreneur, author, and public official
  • Sergio Zyman (born 1945) – marketing executive

Historical figures


  • Rodney Alcala (1943–2021) – convicted rapist and serial killer
  • Jimmy Santiago Baca (born 1952) – American poet and writer of Apache and Chicano descent.
  • Gustavo Brambila (born 1953) – winemaker in the Napa Valley
  • Johnny Canales (born 1947) – talk show host
  • Gregorio Cortez (1875–1916) – Mexican-born and a folk hero to the border communities of the United States and Mexico.
  • Pati Jinich (born 1972) – Emmy nominated chef, TV personality, cookbook author.
  • Mark Hugo Lopez (born 1967) – Director of Hispanic Research at the Pew Research Center
  • Oscar Ozzy Lusth (born 1981) – 1st runner-up on Survivor; Cook Islands
  • Jair Marrufo (born 1977) – professional soccer referee
  • Raul Melgoza (1975–2020) – fashion designer
  • Cesar Millan (born 1969) – TV personality, dog trainer, and author
  • Carmen Osbahr (born 1962) – puppeteers Rosita in the children's series Sesame Street
  • Albert Pissis (1852–1914) – architect who introduced the Beaux-Arts architectural style to San Francisco
  • Dionicio Rodriguez (1891–1955) – architect
  • John Romero (born 1967) – American director, designer, programmer, and developer in the video game industry. He is co-founder of id Software
  • Aarón Sanchez (born 1976) – chef and television personality
  • Baldomero Toledo (born 1970) – professional soccer referee
  • Marcela Valladolid (born 1978) – chef and television host
  • Luis Velador (born 1964) – two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner
  • Eric Volz (born 1979) – entrepreneur, author, and managing director of an international crisis resource agency
  • Eduardo Xol (born 1966) – most known for his work as a designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

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