Hasan Masurica, architect, scientist, engineer, inventor and muezzin who is considered to be one of the leading innovators and prominent science figures in late 1800s and early 1900s.
Kolë Idromeno,painter, sculptor, photographer, architect and engineer.
Mimar Sinan, architect, he was responsible for the construction of more than three hundred major structures and other more modest projects, such as his Islamic primary schools (sibyan mektebs). His apprentices would later design the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Stari Most in Mostar and help design the Taj Mahal in the Mughal Empire.
Skanderbeg (1405–1468) – 15th-century Albanian lord; "Hero of Christianism"; initiated and organized the League of Lezhë, which proclaimed him Chief of the League of the Albanian people
Pal Kastrioti – noble man in Albania of the 14th century; around 1383 he is attested as the ruler of two villages (Sina and Lower Gardi); father was a kephale of Kanina which belonged to the Principality of Valona;[dubious – discuss]; according to Gjon Muzaka Pal had three sons: Konstantin, Alexius and Gjon Kastrioti who was Skanderbeg's father
Çerçiz Topulli (1880–1915) – patriotic nationalist figure and guerrilla fighter; younger brother of Bajo Topulli; known for fighting the Turks in 1907 and 1908 and then, after the Turks left, the Greeks, who invaded in 1913 and 1914
Ded Gjo Luli (1840–1915) – one of the leading commanders of the Albanian Revolt of 1911; regarded a local hero
Isa Boletini (1864–1916) – Albanian nationalist figure and guerilla fighter; born in the village of Boletin near Mitroviça (now Kosovska Mitrovica), Ottoman Empire; freedom fighter in Kosovo and became a major figure of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans, Serbia and Montenegro
Ismail Qemali (1844–1919) – leader of the Albanian national movement; founder of the modern Albanian state as its first head of state and government
Luigj Gurakuqi (1879–1925) – writer and politician; important figure of the Albanian National Awakening; honoured with the People's Hero of Albania medal
Qemal Stafa (1920–1942) – founding member of the Albanian Communist Party, and the leader of its youth section
Adem Jashari – considered to be one of the chief architects of the Kosovo Liberation Army, along with Zahir Pajaziti; chief commander in the Drenica operation zone of the Kosovo Liberation Army
Hamëz Jashari (1950–1998) – Kosovo Albanian combatant; brother of Adem Jashari
Ramush Haradinaj (born 1968) – former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and former prime minister of Kosovo
Hashim Thaçi (born 1968) – Prime Minister of Republic of Kosovo; leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (DPK); former political leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA)
Fatmir Limaj – politician from Kosovo; during the 1999 Kosovo War, was a commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), in the Lapušnik area
Bajram Curri (1862–1925) – ethnic Albanian politician and activist within the Vilayet of Kosovo, Ottoman Empire; awarded the title Hero of Albania
Pretash Zeka Ulaj (1882–1962) – Albanian hero of the 1911 Battle of Deçiq (Battle of Dečić), near Tuzi, in which Albanians defeated the Turks
Prek Cali (1878–1945) Commander of Albanian Army,Guerrilla fighter, nationalist, and anti-communist. Fought against Ottoman Empire,Serbian Kingdom and Communism.
Ibrahim Rugova (1944–2006) – President of Kosovo, serving from 1992 to 2000 and again from 2002 to 2006; prominent Kosovo Albanian political leader, scholar, and writer; oversaw a popular struggle for independence, advocating a peaceful resistance to Yugoslav rule and lobbying for U.S. and European support, especially during the Kosovo War
Ferid Murad (father surname: Murat Ejupi) (born 1936) – US scientist of Albanian origin, a co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and an honorary member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Kosovo
Avni Mula (born 1928) – composer and father of Albanian opera soprano Inva Mula (born 1963)
G4SHI – ethnic Albanian rapper and singer; originally from Kosovo; has had success with collaborations with more established artists such as French Montana and Nipsey Hussle; in 2011, released his debut album Last Of A Rare Breed under Concrete Music Group
Prolifik – Albanian-American rapper, radio personality and television anchor; night jock on WKSS/Kiss 95.7 and the afternoon drive traffic reporter on WTIC-TV/Fox 61 in Hartford, Connecticut
Marin Barleti – historian and Catholic priest; considered the first Albanian historian, especially because of his biography on Skanderbeg, translated in many languages in the 16th to the 18th centuries
Ismail Qemali (1844–1919) – leader of the Albanian national movement; founder of the modern Albanian state and its first head of state and government
Faik Konica (1875–1942) – one of the greatest figures of Albanian culture in the early decades of the 20th century; prewar Albanian minister to Washington; his literary review, Albania, became the focal publication of Albanian writers living abroad