Cecil Rhodes

1853 - 1902

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Cecil John Rhodes ( SES-əl ROHDZ; 5 July 1853 – 26 March 1902) was an English mining magnate and politician in southern Africa who served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896. He and his British South Africa Company founded the southern African territory of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe and Zambia), which the company named after him in 1895. He also devoted much effort to realising his vision of a Cape to Cairo Railway through British territory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cecil Rhodes has received more than 5,913,818 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). Cecil Rhodes is the most popular businessperson (up from 5th in 2019), the 47th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 55th in 2019) and the most popular British Businessperson.

Cecil Rhodes is most famous for being a British imperialist who was the founder of Rhodesia.

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Over the past year Cecil Rhodes has had the most page views in the with 582,506 views, followed by German (45,620), and Spanish (34,176). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Irish (120.24%), Ido (107.89%), and Catalan (98.63%)


Among businesspeople, Cecil Rhodes ranks 1 out of 847After him are Howard Hughes, Bill Gates, Pierre de Coubertin, Oskar Schindler, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Sepp Blatter, Larry Ellison, John D. Rockefeller, Jeff Bezos, Vince McMahon, and Warren Buffett.

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Among people born in 1853, Cecil Rhodes ranks 2Before him is Vincent van Gogh. After him are Hendrik Lorentz, Wilhelm Ostwald, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Carl Larsson, Chulalongkorn, Albrecht Kossel, Aleksei Brusilov, José Martí, and Vladimir Solovyov. Among people deceased in 1902, Cecil Rhodes ranks 2Before him is Émile Zola. After him are Levi Strauss, Swami Vivekananda, Rudolf Virchow, Samuel Butler, Maria Goretti, Marie Henriette of Austria, Francis, Duke of Cádiz, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Ion Ivanovici, and Albert of Saxony.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Cecil Rhodes ranks 47 out of 8,785Before him are John Lennon (1940), John Major (1943), John Dalton (1766), Bertrand Russell (1872), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), and David Ricardo (1772). After him are Richard Burton (1925), Sean Connery (1930), Francis Drake (1540), Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), Oliver Cromwell (1599), and Thomas More (1478).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United Kingdom

Among businesspeople born in United Kingdom, Cecil Rhodes ranks 1After him are Andrew Carnegie (1835), Thomas Cook (1808), Bernie Ecclestone (1930), J. Bruce Ismay (1862), Richard Branson (1950), Stanley Rous (1895), Brian Epstein (1934), John McAfee (1945), Thomas Lipton (1848), Ron Dennis (1947), and Frank Williams (1942).