F. W. de Klerk

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Frederik Willem de Klerk (, 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 in the democratic government. 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 3,038,448 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). F. W. de Klerk is the 1,181st most popular politician (down from 1,101st in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 7th in 2019) 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 1,181 out of 15,710Before him are Antoine of Navarre, Oswald Mosley, Shang Yang, Antiochus I Soter, Muawiya II, and Marie Louise d’Orléans. After him are Turgut Özal, John III of Portugal, Kwame Nkrumah, Emir Abdelkader, Nabopolassar, and Helmut Schmidt.

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Among people born in 1936, F. W. de Klerk ranks 19Before him are Mikhail Tal, Wilt Chamberlain, David Carradine, Barack Obama Sr., Richard Bach, and John McCain. After him are Dennis Hopper, Robert Woodrow Wilson, Barry Barish, Glen Campbell, Ursula Andress, and Michael Landon.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, F. W. de Klerk ranks 9 out of 312Before him are J. M. Coetzee (1940), Sarah Baartman (1788), Shaka (1787), Nadine Gordimer (1923), Behati Prinsloo (1988), and Elon Musk (1971). After him are Christiaan Barnard (1922), Desmond Tutu (1931), Miriam Makeba (1932), Charlize Theron (1975), Paul Kruger (1825), 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 Paul Kruger (1825), Thabo Mbeki (1942), Jacob Zuma (1942), P. W. Botha (1916), Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936), Jan Smuts (1870), Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), D. F. Malan (1874), and Abba Eban (1915).