Cecil Rhodes

1853 - 1902

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Cecil John Rhodes (5 July 1853 – 26 March 1902) was a British mining magnate and politician in southern Africa who served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896. An ardent believer in British imperialism, Rhodes 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. South Africa's Rhodes University is also named after him. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cecil Rhodes has received more than 4,608,128 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Cecil Rhodes is the 5th most popular businessperson, the 53rd most popular biography from United Kingdom 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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Among businesspeople, Cecil Rhodes ranks 5 out of 604Before him are Bill Gates, Howard Hughes, Pierre de Coubertin, and Oskar Schindler. After him are Warren Buffett, John D. Rockefeller, Ingvar Kamprad, George Soros, Aristotle Onassis, David Rockefeller, and Vince McMahon.

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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, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Chulalongkorn, Aleksei Brusilov, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca, Carl Larsson, José Martí, Vladimir Solovyov, and Ferdinand Hodler. Among people deceased in 1902, Cecil Rhodes ranks 2Before him is Émile Zola. After him are Levi Strauss, Rudolf Virchow, Swami Vivekananda, Maria Goretti, Samuel Butler, Marie Henriette of Austria, James Tissot, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Francis, Duke of Cádiz, and Ion Ivanovici.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Cecil Rhodes ranks 53 out of 6,924Before him are Alfred the Great (849), Robert Hooke (1635), Lord Byron (1788), Thomas More (1478), Sean Connery (1930), and Francis Drake (1540). After him are Thomas Robert Malthus (1766), Lewis Carroll (1832), Oliver Cromwell (1599), Virginia Woolf (1882), John Stuart Mill (1806), and Richard Burton (1925).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United Kingdom

Among businesspeople born in United Kingdom, Cecil Rhodes ranks 1After him are Andrew Carnegie (1835), Bernie Ecclestone (1930), Thomas Cook (1808), J. Bruce Ismay (1862), Frank Williams (1942), Richard Branson (1950), Brian Epstein (1934), Stanley Rous (1895), David Icke (1952), Ron Dennis (1947), and Thomas Lipton (1848).