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Bertha Benz

1849 - 1944

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Bertha Benz (German: [ˈbɛʁta ˈbɛnts] (listen); née Cäcilie Bertha Ringer; 3 May 1849 – 5 May 1944) was a German automotive pioneer and inventor. She was the business partner and wife of automobile inventor Carl Benz. On 5 August 1888, she was the first person to drive an internal-combustion-engined automobile over a long distance, field testing the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, inventing brake lining and solving several practical issues during the journey of 105 km (65 miles). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bertha Benz has received more than 987,614 page views. Her biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Bertha Benz is the 92nd most popular businessperson (down from 70th in 2019), the 853rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 622nd in 2019) and the 11th most popular German Businessperson.

Bertha Benz is most famous for being the first person to drive an automobile.

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Among businesspeople, Bertha Benz ranks 92 out of 601Before her are Robert Guérin, Flavio Briatore, Paul Reuter, Benjamin Guggenheim, Madam C. J. Walker, and John McAfee. After her are Michele Ferrero, Nathan Mayer Rothschild, Sam Walton, Louis Chevrolet, Eusebi Güell, and Gianni Infantino.

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Among people born in 1849, Bertha Benz ranks 12Before her are Édouard-Henri Avril, Bernhard von Bülow, Felix Klein, Alfred von Tirpitz, John William Waterhouse, and Sergei Witte. After her are John Ambrose Fleming, Eva Gonzalès, Ellen Key, Blanche Monnier, Infante Alfonso Carlos, Duke of San Jaime, and Nogi Maresuke. Among people deceased in 1944, Bertha Benz ranks 54Before her are Hans-Valentin Hube, Eduard Dietl, Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel, Abbas II of Egypt, August Landmesser, and Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim. After her are Bronislav Kaminski, Mohammed Alim Khan, George Stinney, Walter Nowotny, Otto von Below, and Princess Mafalda of Savoy.

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Among people born in Germany, Bertha Benz ranks 853 out of 6,142Before her are Philipp Otto Runge (1777), Wilhelm Kempff (1895), Hendrik Goltzius (1558), Fritz Strassmann (1902), Bruno Walter (1876), and Arno Breker (1900). After her are Joachim Frederick, Elector of Brandenburg (1546), Carl Spitzweg (1808), Hans Sachs (1494), Joseph Berchtold (1897), Roland Emmerich (1955), and Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche (1846).


Among businesspeople born in Germany, Bertha Benz ranks 11Before her are Otto Frank (1889), Robert Bosch (1861), Rudolf Dassler (1898), Henri Nestlé (1814), Jakob Fugger (1459), and Paul Reuter (1816). After her are Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777), James Mayer de Rothschild (1792), Uli Hoeneß (1952), Johann Friedrich Böttger (1682), Jawed Karim (1979), and Melitta Bentz (1873).