Colonel Sanders

1890 - 1980

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Colonel Harland David Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980) was an American businessman and founder of fast food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (also known as KFC). He later acted as the company's brand ambassador and symbol. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Colonel Sanders has received more than 16,077,017 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 45 in 2019). Colonel Sanders is the 27th most popular businessperson (down from 18th in 2019), the 279th most popular biography from United States (down from 228th in 2019) and the 12th most popular American Businessperson.

Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, is most famous for his fried chicken recipe.

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  • 16M

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  • 69.97

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 44

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.30

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.72

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among businesspeople, Colonel Sanders ranks 27 out of 847Before him are Cosimo de' Medici, Ludwig Erhard, David Rockefeller, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Steve Ballmer, and Amancio Ortega. After him are Muhammad Yunus, Adolf Dassler, Carlos Slim, P. T. Barnum, Jules Rimet, and Liliane Bettencourt.

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Among people born in 1890, Colonel Sanders ranks 16Before him are Karel Čapek, Alfred Jodl, Fritz Lang, Kurt Lewin, George II of Greece, and Lawrence Bragg. After him are Stan Laurel, Man Ray, Carlos Gardel, Walther Funk, Robert Ley, and Fanny Kaplan. Among people deceased in 1980, Colonel Sanders ranks 14Before him are Erich Fromm, Roland Barthes, Bon Scott, Oskar Kokoschka, Steve McQueen, and Jesse Owens. After him are Joe Dassin, Henry Miller, Tamara de Lempicka, Marshall McLuhan, Gianni Rodari, and Peter Sellers.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Colonel Sanders ranks 279 out of 20,380Before him are Susan Sarandon (1946), Leonardo DiCaprio (1974), Gloria Stuart (1910), Chuck Berry (1926), Steve Wozniak (1950), and Tony Curtis (1925). After him are Orson Welles (1915), George Marshall (1880), Gertrude Stein (1874), William Howard Taft (1857), William Jennings Bryan (1860), and George S. Patton (1885).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Colonel Sanders ranks 12Before him are Vince McMahon (1945), Warren Buffett (1930), Tim Cook (1960), Jeffrey Epstein (1953), David Rockefeller (1915), and Steve Ballmer (1956). After him are P. T. Barnum (1810), J. P. Morgan (1837), Philip Kotler (1931), Hugh Hefner (1926), J. Paul Getty (1892), and Bernie Madoff (1938).