Ayman al-Zawahiri

1951 - 2022

Photo of Ayman al-Zawahiri

Icon of person Ayman al-Zawahiri

Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri (Arabic: أيمن محمد ربيع الظواهري, romanized: ʾAyman Muḥammad Rabīʿ aẓ-Ẓawāhirī; 19 June 1951 – 31 July 2022) was an Egyptian-born pan-Islamist militant and physician who served as the second general emir of al-Qaeda from June 2011 until his death in July 2022. Al-Zawahiri graduated from Cairo University with a degree in medicine and a master's degree in surgery and was a surgeon by profession. He became a leading figure in the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, an Egyptian Islamist organization, and eventually attained the rank of emir. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ayman al-Zawahiri has received more than 8,429,306 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Ayman al-Zawahiri is the 19th most popular extremist (up from 22nd in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 82nd in 2019) and the most popular Egyptian Extremist.

Ayman al-Zawahiri is most famous for being a co-founder of al-Qaeda and the current leader of the group.

Memorability Metrics

  • 8.4M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 69.28

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 83

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.40

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.82

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among extremists, Ayman al-Zawahiri ranks 19 out of 283Before him are Abdullah Öcalan, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Ramón Mercader, Andrei Chikatilo, and Ted Kaczynski. After him are Ulrike Meinhof, Ed Gein, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Albert Fish, Charles Ponzi, and Carlos the Jackal.

Most Popular Extremists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1951, Ayman al-Zawahiri ranks 7Before him are Robin Williams, Shehbaz Sharif, Ilona Staller, Louis van Gaal, Sting, and Santiago Calatrava. After him are Phil Collins, Anatoly Karpov, Mohamed Morsi, Stellan Skarsgård, John Deacon, and Romina Power. Among people deceased in 2022, Ayman al-Zawahiri ranks 14Before him are Shinzō Abe, Luc Montagnier, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Leonid Kravchuk. After him are Olivia Newton-John, Madeleine Albright, Monica Vitti, Ben Roy Mottelson, Vivienne Westwood, and Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

Others Born in 1951

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 2022

Go to all Rankings

In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Ayman al-Zawahiri ranks 68 out of 642Before him are Djedefre (-2600), Appian (95), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Ptolemy VIII Physcon (-182), Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (1954), and Apollonius of Rhodes (-295). After him are Den (-3000), Ptolemy VI Philometor (-184), Mohamed Morsi (1951), Mohamed Al-Fayed (1929), Fuad I of Egypt (1868), and Amenhotep II (-1401).


Among extremists born in Egypt, Ayman al-Zawahiri ranks 1After him are Omar Abdel-Rahman (1938), Saif al-Adel (1960), Mohamed Atta (1968), and Abu Ayyub al-Masri (1968).