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 13,126,244 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Colonel Sanders is the 18th most popular businessperson (up from 23rd in 2019), the 228th most popular biography from United States (up from 260th in 2019) and the 9th most popular 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 18 out of 601Before him are Vince McMahon, Aristotle Onassis, Cosimo de' Medici, David Rockefeller, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, and Tim Cook. After him are Levi Strauss, Bernard Arnault, Florentino Pérez, Carlos Slim, Ludwig Erhard, and Amancio Ortega.

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Among people born in 1890, Colonel Sanders ranks 14Before him are H. P. Lovecraft, Egon Schiele, Karel Čapek, Alfred Jodl, Kurt Lewin, and Fritz Lang. After him are Stan Laurel, George II of Greece, Lawrence Bragg, Man Ray, Walther Funk, and Carlos Gardel. Among people deceased in 1980, Colonel Sanders ranks 13Before him are Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Erich Fromm, Roland Barthes, Steve McQueen, Bon Scott, and Jesse Owens. After him are Oskar Kokoschka, Henry Miller, Tamara de Lempicka, Joe Dassin, Marshall McLuhan, and Romain Gary.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Colonel Sanders ranks 228 out of 18,182Before him are Andrew Jackson (1767), Robert Wadlow (1918), Patti Smith (1946), Charles Sanders Peirce (1839), Tommy Lee Jones (1946), and Orson Welles (1915). After him are Cameron Diaz (1972), Michael Jordan (1963), Spencer Tracy (1900), Peter Falk (1927), Robert E. Lee (1807), and Henry Miller (1891).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Colonel Sanders ranks 9Before him are John D. Rockefeller (1839), Warren Buffett (1930), Jeff Bezos (1964), Vince McMahon (1945), David Rockefeller (1915), and Tim Cook (1960). After him are Ray Kroc (1902), P. T. Barnum (1810), Steve Ballmer (1956), Hugh Hefner (1926), J. P. Morgan (1837), and J. Paul Getty (1892).