Charles Ponzi

1882 - 1949

Charles Ponzi

Charles Ponzi (, Italian: [ˈpontsi]; born Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi; March 3, 1882 – January 18, 1949) was an Italian swindler and con artist in the U.S. and Canada. His aliases include Charles Ponci, Carlo, and Charles P. Bianchi. Born and raised in Italy, he became known in the early 1920s as a swindler in North America for his money-making scheme. He promised clients a 50% profit within 45 days or 100% profit within 90 days, by buying discounted postal reply coupons in other countries and redeeming them at face value in the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Ponzi has received more than 1,601,873 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 26th most popular extremist.

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Among extremists, Charles Ponzi ranks 26 out of 182Before him are Carlos the Jackal, Zodiac Killer, Cleon, Jim Jones, John Wayne Gacy, and Amon Göth. After him are Peter Kürten, Mehmet Ali Ağca, Luis Carrero Blanco, George Stinney, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Otto Ohlendorf.

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Among people born in 1882, Charles Ponzi ranks 40Before him are Princess Marie Bonaparte, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, Rodolfo Graziani, Princess Margaret of Connaught, A. A. Milne, and Karol Szymanowski. After him are René Coty, Yanka Kupala, Nicolai Hartmann, Otto Neurath, Boris Shaposhnikov, and Robert H. Goddard. Among people deceased in 1949, Charles Ponzi ranks 17Before him are Elton Mayo, August Krogh, Louis II, Prince of Monaco, Axel Munthe, Kim Koo, and Victor Fleming. After him are Klaus Mann, Kim Jong-suk, Henri Giraud, Fyodor Tolbukhin, Nathuram Godse, and Sarojini Naidu.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Charles Ponzi ranks 753 out of 3,282Before him are Roberto Baggio (1967), Pope Leo VII (900), Ambrogio Spinola, 1st Marquess of Balbases (1569), Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples (1937), Tarcisio Bertone (1934), and Pope Leo V (870). After him are Angelo Sodano (1927), Anastasia of Sirmium (281), Giorgetto Giugiaro (1938), Pope Agapetus II (900), Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (1685), and Pierluigi Collina (1960).


Among extremists born in Italy, Charles Ponzi ranks 2Before him are Man in the Iron Mask (1640). After him are Vincenzo Peruggia (1881), Carlo Gambino (1902), Johnny Torrio (1882), Tommaso Buscetta (1928), and Frank Nitti (1886).

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