Colonel Sanders

1890 - 1980

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Colonel Harland David Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980) was an American businessman, best known for founding fast food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (also known as KFC) and later acting as the company's brand ambassador and symbol. His name and image are still symbols of the company. The title "colonel" is an honorific title, the highest awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Kentucky Colonel, and is not a military rank. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Colonel Sanders has received more than 12,269,803 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Colonel Sanders is the 23rd most popular businessperson (down from 22nd in 2019), the 260th most popular biography from United States (down from 227th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Businessperson.

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

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Among businesspeople, Colonel Sanders ranks 23 out of 604Before him are Levi Strauss, Muhammad Yunus, Adolf Dassler, Cosimo de' Medici, Amancio Ortega, and Ludwig Erhard. After him are Andrew Carnegie, Hugh Hefner, Tim Cook, Jules Rimet, J. P. Morgan, and J. Paul Getty.

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Among people born in 1890, Colonel Sanders ranks 15Before him are H. P. Lovecraft, Alfred Jodl, Karel Čapek, Kurt Lewin, Fritz Lang, and Stan Laurel. After him are Man Ray, George II of Greece, Lawrence Bragg, Carlos Gardel, El Lissitzky, and Walther Funk. Among people deceased in 1980, Colonel Sanders ranks 16Before him are Steve McQueen, Roland Barthes, Bon Scott, Oskar Kokoschka, Marshall McLuhan, and Henry Miller. After him are Tamara de Lempicka, Romain Gary, Joe Dassin, Oswald Mosley, Vladimir Vysotsky, and Gianni Rodari.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Colonel Sanders ranks 260 out of 15,968Before him are O. Henry (1862), Arthur Miller (1915), Burt Lancaster (1913), Jesse James (1847), Rita Hayworth (1918), and Jerry Brown (1938). After him are Jack Kerouac (1922), J. Edgar Hoover (1895), Charles Francis Richter (1900), O. J. Simpson (1947), Desmond Doss (1919), and Shirley Temple (1928).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Colonel Sanders ranks 8Before him are Howard Hughes (1905), Warren Buffett (1930), John D. Rockefeller (1839), David Rockefeller (1915), Vince McMahon (1945), and Ray Kroc (1902). After him are Hugh Hefner (1926), Tim Cook (1960), J. P. Morgan (1837), J. Paul Getty (1892), P. T. Barnum (1810), and Steve Ballmer (1956).