Famous Panamanians include Ursula Burns, Jordana Brewster and Roberto Durán. Former U.S. senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone when the area was still controlled by the United States.
Ursula Burns was born in New York City to Panamanian parents, and she went on to become the first African-American woman to become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Jordana Brewster is a Panamanian-born actress who made her breakthrough appearance in the Fast and Furious film series. Roberto Durán is a boxer who holds four world championships in different weight classes, and he has long been a source of national pride.