Desmond Tutu

1931 - Today

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African Anglican cleric and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Desmond Tutu has received more than 3,205,913 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 428th most popular religious figure.

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Among religious figures, Desmond Tutu ranks 428 out of 2,001Before him are Pope Agapetus I, Pope Soter, Salome, Maya, Uwais al-Qarani, and Pope Anastasius II. After him are Mahākāśyapa, Pope John XIV, Vincent Ferrer, Saint Boniface, John Wesley, and Pope Damasus II.

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Among people born in 1931, Desmond Tutu ranks 18Before him are Philip Kotler, Anita Ekberg, Isabel Martínez de Perón, Chun Doo-hwan, Raymond Kopa, and Mário Zagallo. After him are Irvin D. Yalom, John Robert Schrieffer, Josef Masopust, Annie Girardot, Roger Penrose, and Thomas Bernhard.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Desmond Tutu ranks 9 out of 220Before him are J. M. Coetzee (1940), Shaka (1787), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Sarah Baartman (1788), F. W. de Klerk (1936), and Christiaan Barnard (1922). After him are Miriam Makeba (1932), Elon Musk (1971), Paul Kruger (1825), Jacob Zuma (1942), Max Theiler (1899), and Thabo Mbeki (1942).


Among religious figures born in South Africa, Desmond Tutu ranks 2Before him are Sarah Baartman (1788). After him are Wilfrid Napier (1941).

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