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F. W. de Klerk

1936 - 2021

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Frederik Willem de Klerk, OMG, DMS (, Afrikaans: [ˈfriədərək ˈvələm də ˈklɛrk]; 18 March 1936 – 11 November 2021) was a South African politician who served as state president of South Africa from 1989 to 1994 and as deputy president from 1994 to 1996. As South Africa's last head of state from the era of white-minority rule, he and his government dismantled the apartheid system and introduced universal suffrage. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of F. W. de Klerk has received more than 3,435,063 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). F. W. de Klerk is the 1,402nd most popular politician (down from 1,180th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from South Africa and the 2nd most popular South African Politician.

F.W. de Klerk is most famous for being the last president of apartheid-era South Africa and for ending apartheid.

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Among politicians, F. W. de Klerk ranks 1,402 out of 15,577Before him are Octavia the Younger, Empress Myeongseong, Seongjong of Joseon, Yeonsangun of Joseon, Gülnuş Sultan, and Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. After him are Juan Antonio Samaranch, Pierre Laval, Albert Lebrun, John IV of Portugal, Miguel Primo de Rivera, and Paul Barras.

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Among people born in 1936, F. W. de Klerk ranks 20Before him are John McCain, Barry Barish, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Robert Woodrow Wilson, David Carradine, and Barack Obama Sr.. After him are Harald zur Hausen, Richard Bach, Dennis Hopper, Wilt Chamberlain, Zubin Mehta, and Glen Campbell. Among people deceased in 2021, F. W. de Klerk ranks 17Before him are Desmond Tutu, Christopher Plummer, Abolhassan Banisadr, Roh Tae-woo, Karolos Papoulias, and Colin Powell. After him are Raffaella Carrà, Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein, Bernie Madoff, Betty White, Aaron T. Beck, and Nathalie Delon.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, F. W. de Klerk ranks 9 out of 374Before him are Elon Musk (1971), Sarah Baartman (1788), Desmond Tutu (1931), J. M. Coetzee (1940), Shaka (1787), and Christiaan Barnard (1922). After him are Nadine Gordimer (1923), Miriam Makeba (1932), Charlize Theron (1975), Jacob Zuma (1942), Max Theiler (1899), and Thabo Mbeki (1942).

Among POLITICIANS In South Africa

Among politicians born in South Africa, F. W. de Klerk ranks 2Before him are Shaka (1787). After him are Jacob Zuma (1942), Thabo Mbeki (1942), Paul Kruger (1825), Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), P. W. Botha (1916), Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), Jan Smuts (1870), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936), D. F. Malan (1874), and Abba Eban (1915).