Edward Colston

1636 - 1721

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Edward Colston (2 November 1636 – 11 October 1721) was an English merchant, slave trader, philanthropist, and Tory Member of Parliament. Colston followed his father in the family business becoming a sea merchant, initially trading in wine, fruits and textiles, mainly in Spain, Portugal and other European ports. By 1680, he became involved in the slave trade as a senior executive of the Royal African Company, which held a monopoly on the English trade in African slaves. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Colston has received more than 2,903,911 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Edward Colston is the 209th most popular businessperson, the 1,587th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 14th most popular British Businessperson.

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Among businesspeople, Edward Colston ranks 209 out of 604Before him are Edsel Ford, Piero Ferrari, Yingluck Shinawatra, Jorge Paulo Lemann, Friedrich Alfred Krupp, and Robert Monroe. After him are John Sculley, Jamsetji Tata, Francesco Baracca, David Koch, Adriano Galliani, and Pavel Tretyakov.

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Among people born in 1636, Edward Colston ranks 6Before him are Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria, Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, and Laura Mancini. After him are Adriaen van de Velde, Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Melchior d'Hondecoeter, Ferdinand Albert I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern, Nikolai Spathari, and Melchiorre Cafà. Among people deceased in 1721, Edward Colston ranks 10Before him are Mary Read, Charles Vane, Anton Florian, Prince of Liechtenstein, Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Marguerite Louise d'Orléans, and Johann Christoph Bach. After him are Rudolf Jakob Camerarius and Elihu Yale.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Edward Colston ranks 1,587 out of 6,924Before him are Orlando Gibbons (1583), Alan Walker (1997), Bertram Ramsay (1883), John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury (1834), Colin Davis (1927), and William Foulke (1874). After him are William Hamilton (1730), Beorhtric of Wessex (800), Tom Courtenay (1937), Rupert Grint (1988), Michael Owen (1979), and John Fletcher (1579).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United Kingdom

Among businesspeople born in United Kingdom, Edward Colston ranks 14Before him are Brian Epstein (1934), Stanley Rous (1895), David Icke (1952), Ron Dennis (1947), Thomas Lipton (1848), and Vidal Sassoon (1928). After him are Edward Cave (1691), B. C. Forbes (1880), Ebenezer Cobb Morley (1831), John McAfee (1945), Ken Aston (1915), and Thomas Blake Glover (1838).