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 921,454 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Bertha Benz is the 70th most popular businessperson (down from 53rd in 2019), the 622nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 460th in 2019) and the 9th 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 70 out of 604Before her are Lee Byung-chul, Guccio Gucci, Estée Lauder, Martin Cooper, Frank Williams, and Richard Branson. After her are Benjamin Guggenheim, Kiichiro Toyoda, Brian Epstein, Stanley Ho, Ronald Wayne, and Jakob Fugger.

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Among people born in 1849, Bertha Benz ranks 11Before her are Felix Klein, Édouard-Henri Avril, John William Waterhouse, Bernhard von Bülow, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Alfred von Tirpitz. After her are John Ambrose Fleming, Sergei Witte, Max Nordau, W. T. Stead, Infante Alfonso Carlos, Duke of San Jaime, and Eva Gonzalès. Among people deceased in 1944, Bertha Benz ranks 38Before her are Wang Jingwei, Glenn Miller, Henning von Tresckow, Nikolai Vatutin, Erich Hoepner, and Giovanni Gentile. After her are Max Jacob, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Gustav Bauer, Werner von Haeften, Antanas Smetona, and Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel.

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Among people born in Germany, Bertha Benz ranks 622 out of 5,289Before her are Erich Koch (1896), Reinhard Gehlen (1902), Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1811), Michael Praetorius (1571), Wilhelm Marx (1863), and Artur Axmann (1913). After her are William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1852), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), Otto Ohlendorf (1907), Hans von Euler-Chelpin (1873), Johann Martin Schleyer (1831), and John McEnroe (1959).


Among businesspeople born in Germany, Bertha Benz ranks 9Before her are Adolf Dassler (1900), Ludwig Erhard (1897), Robert Bosch (1861), Rudolf Dassler (1898), Henri Nestlé (1814), and Otto Frank (1889). After her are Jakob Fugger (1459), Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777), Dietmar Hopp (1940), Johann Friedrich Böttger (1682), Paul Reuter (1816), and Uli Hoeneß (1952).