Famous soccer player Roque Júnior, which was in the Brazil's world champions squad of 2002, was born in Santa Rita. He also started in the local team, Santarritense.
Olavo Bilac Pinto was president of Chamber of Deputies of Brazil in 1965 and an embassador of Brazil in France from 1966 to 1970.
Former Brazilian president Delfim Moreira (List of Presidents of Brazil), although not being born in Santa Rita, spent most of his life there.
Pedro Rodrigues Filho, a serial killer who claims to have made more than 100 victims was killed in Santa Rita at the Rio Sapucai shores.