CONTEMPORARIES


There is no major undertaking in the world, from the creation of high-grade software to participation in world-class sport, in which some Serb, employed abroad temporarily or permanently, has not been involved. If all of Serbia’s knowledge, talent and spirit, which is currently scattered throughout the world, were gathered in one place, Serbia would be one of the leading powers in many fields.

Serbia is a small country, but it is a sporting world power! Serbs have won gold medals in a multitude of sports, and Serbia’s main export is world-class basketball players, tennis players, footballers...

NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ

Novak Djokovic (Serbian: Novak Đoković, Новак Ђоковић; born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Djokovic has won seven Grand Slam singles titles and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 116 weeks. By winning three Grand Slam titles in 2011, Djokovic became the sixth male player to win three Grand Slams in a calendar year. By reaching the 2012 French Open final, he became the ninth player in the Open Era to reach the final of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments and became only the fifth to do so consecutively. Amongst other titles, he won the Tennis Masters Cup in 2008, 2012, and 2013 and was on the Serbian team which won the 2010 Davis Cup. He also won the Bronze medal in men's singles at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He has won 19 Masters 1000 series titles, breaking a single-season record with five titles in 2011. This places him third on the list of Masters 1000 winners since its inception in 1990.
He holds several men's world records of the Open Era: becoming the youngest player in the Open Era to have reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slam events both separately and consecutively; the first and only man to win three consecutive Australian Open titles in the Open Era; and playing the longest Grand Slam men's singles final in history (5 hours 53 minutes). Djokovic's ATP tournament records include winning 31 consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series matches, playing in the finals at all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments (a record shared by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal), and being the only player to win eight.
Djokovic is the first Serbian player to win multiple Grand Slams and the first Serbian player to rank No. 1 for more than 100 weeks. He is the first male player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title. Djokovic has won numerous awards, including the 2011 Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year and the 2012 Best Male Tennis Player ESPY Award. He has won the ATP World Tour Player of the Year twice consecutively, in 2011 and 2012. He is a recipient of the Order of St. Sava and the Order of the Star of Karađorđe.

EMIR KUSTURICA

Emir Kusturica (born 24 November 1954 in Sarajevo) is a Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician. He has been recognized for several internationally acclaimed feature films, as well as his projects in town-building. He has twice won the Palme d'Or at Cannes (for When Father Was Away on Business and Underground), as well as being named Commander of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Since the mid-2000s, Kusturica's primary residence has been in Drvengrad, a town built for his film Life Is a Miracle, in the Mokra Gora region of Serbia. He had portions of the historic village reconstructed for the film. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republika Srpska since 9 November 2011.

VLADE DIVAC

Vlade Divac (Serbian Cyrillic: Владе Дивац, born February 3, 1968) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player and current sports administrator.
Divac spent most of his career in the NBA. At 7 ft 1 in, he played center and was known for his passing skills. Divac was among the first group of European basketball players to transfer to the NBA in the late 1980s and was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.[1] Divac is one of six players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Hakeem Olajuwon. Divac was also the first player born and trained outside the United States to play in over 1,000 games in the NBA. On August 20, 2010, Divac was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in recognition of his play in international competition.[3]
Aside from being noticed for his basketball abilities, Divac is also known as a humanitarian, helping children in his native country of Serbia, and in Africa. On October 16, 2008, Divac was appointed a government adviser in Serbia for humanitarian issues.[5] On February 2, 2009, he was elected President of the Serbian Olympic Committee for a 4-year term. Divac received a prestigious honor from the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

RADE ŠERBEDŽIJA

Rade Šerbedžija (born 27 July 1946), occasionally credited as Rade Sherbedgia in some English-language productions, is a Serbian actor, director and musician. He was one of the most popular Yugoslav actors in the 1970s and 1980s. He is now internationally known mainly for his supporting roles in Hollywood films during the 1990s and 2000s.
He is known for his portrayals of imposing figures on both sides of the law. He is internationally known mainly for his supporting roles in Hollywood films such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, X-Men: First Class, The Saint and Mission: Impossible II, and for his recurring role as former Soviet Army General Dmitri Gredenko in the sixth season of TV action series 24.

GORAN BREGOVIĆ

Goran Bregović (born 22 March 1950) is a musician and one of the most internationally known modern musicians and composers of the Balkans. He left Bosnia and Herzegovina before the Bosnian War. Recently, he announced his official return to Sarajevo and set up Roma education foundation.
Bregović has composed for such varied artists as Iggy Pop and Cesária Évora. He rose to fame playing guitar with his rock band Bijelo Dugme. Among his better known scores are three of Emir Kusturica's films (Time of the Gypsies, Arizona Dream, and Underground).

MILA JOVOVIĆ

Milla Jovovich (Milica Jovović born December 17, 1975) is an American model, actress, musician, and fashion designer of Serbian origin. Her father is Bogdan Jovović, Serbian doctor, and her mother is a Russian actress Galina Loginova Jovović.
Born in Ukraine, Jovovich immigrated with her parents to the United States when she was five. She has appeared in numerous science fictionand action-themed films.
In 1987 she began modeling at the age of 12. Richard Avedon featured her in Revlon's 'Most Unforgettable Women in the World' advertisements, and she also starred in campaigns for major companies. In 1988, Jovovich had her first acting role in the television film, The Night Train to Kathmandu, and that year also appeared in her first feature film, Two Moon Junction.
Jovovich gained attention for her role in the explicit 1991 romance film Return to the Blue Lagoon, as she was then only 15. She was considered to have a breakthrough with her role alongside Bruce Willis and Gary Oldmanin the 1997 French science-fiction film The Fifth Element, written and directed by Luc Besson. She and Besson married that year but soon divorced. She starred as the heroine and martyr in Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999).
In 2002, Jovovich starred in the film Resident Evil, adapted from the video game of the same name. It was disliked by critics, but was commercially successful.  She reprised her role in four sequels made between 2004 and 2012.
Jovovich released a music album, The Divine Comedy, in 1994. She continues to release demos for other songs on her official website and contributes to film soundtracks. In 2003, she and model Carmen Hawk created the clothing line Jovovich-Hawk. Jovovich has her own production company, Creature Entertainment.

STEFAN MILENKOVIĆ

Violinist Stefan Milenković is known for his extraordinary musical talent. He was only ten years old when he was invited to play for the former US President Ronald Reagan at a Christmas concert in the White House, which launched him to fame. After that, he played for the former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, and performed twice in front of Pope John Paul II.
Stefan Milenković began his career when only a child: he first appeared as a soloist with an orchestra when he was only five years old. Two years later, he won the First Prize at the Jaroslav Kozian International Violin Competition. Due to this early success, Stefan was invited to perform in over thirty countries. At age sixteen, Stefan held his 1000th concert at Monterrey, Mexico. Since then, Stefan didn't know for failures, becoming either the winner or the finalist of many prestigious international competitions, such as the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA), the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium, the Hannover International Violin Competition (Germany), the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition (Switzerland), the International Violin Competition Rodolfo Lipizer (Italy), the Paganini Violin Competition (Italy), etc.
Stefan is known for his deep commitment to humanitarian causes. During the war in Bosnia, he was named the children's ambassador of the First Children's Embassy in the World in Međaši, Yugoslavia. In 2002, Stefan received the award For the Better World with an Open Heart from Guru Sri Chinmoy, whereas a year later, he was awarded the Most Human Person in Belgrade. He participated in numerous gala concerts organized by UNESCO in Paris alongside names such as Placido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Alexis Wiessenberg, and Yehudi Menuhin.
Stefan's discography includes four commercial releases for the Italian record label Dinamic, as well as numerous releases for the Serbian record label PGP. Apart from his engagement as a university professor at the prestigious Julliard School in New York, he's been recently appointed associate professor of violin at the University of Illinois.

MILORAD ČAVIĆ

Representing Serbia at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Dublin 2003, Čavić won the gold medal in 100 m butterfly and set a new world record. He also won a silver medal in 50 m freestyle. Čavić defended his European 100 m title on subsequent short-course championships in Helsinki 2006 (finishing 50.63), Debrecen 2007 (finishing at 50.53) and Rijeka 2008 (finishing at 49.19 and setting a new European record).[2]He also took silver on 50 m butterfly in Rijeka.[3]
On December 14, 2007 Čavić defended his European championship in the 100 m butterfly in Helsinki, finishing at 50.63 seconds. On December 14, 2007, the sprinter defended his European championship again in the 100 m butterfly in Debrecen, finishing at 50.53 seconds.
In 2008, Čavić won the European championship in the 50 m butterfly, setting the new European record (23.11) in Eindhoven, Holland – a result briefly[citation needed] quashed when the European Swimming Federation (LEN) immediately disqualified the swimmer for wearing a T-shirt at the medals ceremony that read “Kosovo is Serbia”.[4]
At the end of the year, he was declared the best Serbian athlete.
At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, Čavić won gold in the 50 m butterfly [5] and broke the 100 m butterfly world record in the semifinals finishing in 50.01 seconds.[6] In the finals Čavić won silver with time of 49.95.
He missed competitions in 2010 due to spinal surgery.[7]
Olympic Committee of Serbia (and Montenegro) proclaimed him sportsman of the year three times, 2003, 2008 and 2009.[8]
In 2012 (May 26, 2012), he won gold medal at 2012 European Aquatics Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, in 100 meters butterfly, setting the best time in the world in 2012 and new championship record – 51.45 seconds.
On August 14, 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Čavić broke the 100 meter butterfly Olympic Record during the preliminary heats, finishing ahead of Michael Phelps and also recorded the fastest time in the semi-finals. Čavić came in second to Phelps by 1/100 of a second in the final, which was also the first medal for Serbia. It was Phelps' seventh gold medal of the Games. The Serbian team initially challenged the result but FINA later confirmed the finish.

NICK VUJIČIĆ

Nicholas James 'Nick' Vujicic (born 4 December 1982) is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterised by the absence of all four limbs. As a child, he struggled mentally and emotionally as well as physically, but eventually came to terms with his disability and, at the age of seventeen, started his own non-profit organisation, Life Without Limbs. Vujicic presents motivational speeches worldwide which focus on life with a disability, hope and finding meaning in life. He also speaks about his belief that God can use any willing heart to do his work and that God is big enough to overcome any disability.
Vujicic has written that he keeps a pair of shoes in his closet due to his belief in miracles.
In 2005 Vujicic was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year Award.

CATHERINE OXENBERG

Catherine Oxenberg (born September 22, 1961) is an American actress best known for her performance as Amanda Carrington on the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty. The daughter ofPrincess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Oxenberg, though not noble or royal herself, is a descendant of the Serbian House of Karađorđević. She has dual citizenship, American and Serbian.

MARIJA ŠERIFOVIĆ

Marija Šerifović (14november 1984., Kragujevac) is a Serbian pop music singer. As Serbian representative she participated and won Eurovision song contest in 2007 in Finland with the song Molitva (Prayer)