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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 is notably quoted as having said "to be born English is to win first prize in the lottery of life". 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cecil Rhodes has received more than 5,266,817 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Cecil Rhodes is the 5th most popular businessperson, the 55th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 52nd 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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Among businesspeople, Cecil Rhodes ranks 5 out of 601Before him are Howard Hughes, Bill Gates, Pierre de Coubertin, and Oskar Schindler. After him are John D. Rockefeller, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Ingvar Kamprad, Sepp Blatter, George Soros, 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, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca, 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 Swami Vivekananda, Rudolf Virchow, Levi Strauss, Maria Goretti, Marie Henriette of Austria, Samuel Butler, James Tissot, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Francis, Duke of Cádiz, and Victor D'Hondt.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Cecil Rhodes ranks 55 out of 7,765Before him are David Ricardo (1772), Charles, Prince of Wales (1948), John Major (1943), Oliver Cromwell (1599), Thomas Robert Malthus (1766), and Alfred the Great (849). After him are John Stuart Mill (1806), Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930), Richard Burton (1925), William Wallace (1270), Herbert Spencer (1820), and Charles Babbage (1791).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United Kingdom

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