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Frank Costello

1891 - 1973

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Frank Costello (Italian: [koˈstɛllo]; born Francesco Castiglia [franˈtʃesko kaˈstiʎʎa]; January 26, 1891 – February 18, 1973) was an Italian-American crime boss of the Luciano crime family. In 1957, Costello survived an assassination attempt ordered by Vito Genovese and carried out by Vincent Gigante. However, the altercation persuaded Costello to relinquish power to Genovese and retire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frank Costello has received more than 4,018,071 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Frank Costello is the 106th most popular social activist (down from 93rd in 2019), the 1,046th most popular biography from Italy (down from 987th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Italian Social Activist.

Frank Costello was an Italian-American mobster who was one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country during the 1950s and 1960s. He was also a close friend of President John F. Kennedy.

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Among social activists, Frank Costello ranks 106 out of 538Before him are José Rizal, Zhang Jue, Yun Chi-ho, Vlado Chernozemski, Kim Hyong-jik, and Paul Schäfer. After him are Mordechai Anielewicz, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Jody Williams, Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, Vinoba Bhave, and Georgy Gapon.

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Among people born in 1891, Frank Costello ranks 31Before him are Alexander Rodchenko, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, Edward Bernays, Fumimaro Konoe, Osip Mandelstam, and Ole Kirk Christiansen. After him are Alexander Wienerberger, Michael Chekhov, Pier Luigi Nervi, Cole Porter, Hans Reichenbach, and Max Amann. Among people deceased in 1973, Frank Costello ranks 48Before him are Elsa Schiaparelli, Ingeborg Bachmann, François Cevert, Edward G. Robinson, Howard H. Aiken, and Gerard Kuiper. After him are Taha Hussein, Emmy Göring, W. H. Auden, Otto Klemperer, Robert Siodmak, and Alan Watts.

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Among people born in Italy, Frank Costello ranks 1,046 out of 4,668Before him are Alessandro Moreschi (1858), Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt (1668), Antipope Boniface VII (1000), Daniela Bianchi (1942), Rustichello da Pisa (1290), and Pietro Cavallini (1240). After him are Angela of Foligno (1248), Olympia Mancini, Countess of Soissons (1638), Publius Cornelius Dolabella (-70), Charles Felix of Sardinia (1765), Sergio Corbucci (1926), and Ferdinand II of Naples (1467).


Among social activists born in Italy, Frank Costello ranks 6Before him are Beatrice Cenci (1577), Errico Malatesta (1853), Fra Dolcino (1250), Antipope Clement III (1025), and Ernesto Teodoro Moneta (1833). After him are Andreas Hofer (1767), Beppe Grillo (1948), Moses Montefiore (1784), Giuseppe Pinelli (1928), Franca Viola (1948), and Giuseppe Impastato (1948).