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Fan Li

500 BC - 448 BC

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Fan Li (Chinese: 范蠡; pinyin: Fàn Lǐ) from the Spring and Autumn period, was an ancient Chinese military strategist, politician, and businessman. Fàn Li was an important political and military advisor to Goujian, the king of Yue. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fan Li has received more than 135,976 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Fan Li is the 3,487th most popular politician (down from 3,140th in 2019), the 258th most popular biography from China (down from 250th in 2019) and the 165th most popular Chinese Politician.

Fan Li was a Chinese merchant who traveled to Africa and brought back a giraffe. His journey is most famous for the giraffe that he brought back.

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Among politicians, Fan Li ranks 3,487 out of 15,577Before him are Horik I, Sancho VI of Navarre, Idris I of Morocco, Marine Le Pen, Magnus III of Sweden, and Vakhtang I of Iberia. After him are Ernest Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Bernard Tapie, Ptolemy of Mauretania, Ahmadou Ahidjo, Hyrcanus II, and Albert of Saxony.

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Among people born in 500 BC, Fan Li ranks 24Before him are Meton of Athens, Brasidas, Sogdianus of Persia, Mnesikles, Archelaus, and Polygnotus. After him are Eubulides, Parysatis, Alcamenes, Perdiccas II of Macedon, Parrhasius, and Pleistoanax. Among people deceased in 448 BC, Fan Li ranks 1After him is Alcetas II of Macedon.

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In China

Among people born in China, Fan Li ranks 258 out of 1,392Before him are Zhang Gaoli (1946), Tao Yuanming (365), Ban Chao (32), Emperor Zhezong (1076), Gong Li (1965), and Wu Zixu (-526). After him are Zhang He (167), Emperor Huan of Han (132), Emperor Ping of Han (-9), Emperor Wenzong of Tang (809), Guan Zhong (-720), and Han Yu (768).


Among politicians born in China, Fan Li ranks 165Before him are Liu Bian (176), Zaifeng, Prince Chun (1883), Emperor Ai of Tang (892), Zhang Gaoli (1946), Emperor Zhezong (1076), and Wu Zixu (-526). After him are Emperor Huan of Han (132), Emperor Ping of Han (-9), Emperor Wenzong of Tang (809), Emperor Duzong (1240), Emperor Ai of Han (-27), and Lu Su (172).