For example, If we think of this sentence "You're famous". And what if I want to describe particular place you are famous or to some group that you are famous? So I thought of way "You're famous to bla bla people" or "you're famous in bla bla place" Does it make sense?

I got to wonder this while reading this sentnece. In this part in bold "remain essentially unknown", although following phrase start with "without anyone.." explains to whom he remained unknown, I wondered if that phrase could be replaced to "remain essentially unknown to..."

That exactly twenty years after Howie Rubin became a scandalous household name for losing $250 million, another mortgage bond trader named Howie, inside Morgan Stanley, would lose $9 billion on a single mortgage trade, and remain essentially unknown, without anyone beyond a small circle inside Morgan Stanley ever hearing about what he'd done, or why.—The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis—

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Fame generally implies among a wide circle of people but it's fair enough to say that someone is famous in the club/school/organisation for something or other.

Famous to.... sounds most unlikely.

But you can be famous among certain people, famous for certain achievements, and famous in/around these parts.

There may well be other prepositions that fit.

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