Jakob Fugger

1459 - 1525

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Jakob Fugger of the Lily (German: Jakob Fugger von der Lilie; 6 March 1459 – 30 December 1525), also known as Jakob Fugger the Rich or sometimes Jakob II, was a major German merchant, mining entrepreneur, and banker. He was a descendant of the Fugger merchant family located in the Mixed Imperial City of Augsburg, where he was born and later also elevated through marriage to Grand Burgher of Augsburg (Großbürger zu Augsburg). Within a few decades he expanded the family firm to a business operating in all of Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jakob Fugger has received more than 1,154,634 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Jakob Fugger is the 76th most popular businessperson (down from 68th in 2019), the 680th most popular biography from Germany (down from 633rd in 2019) and the 10th most popular German Businessperson.

Jakob Fugger is most famous for his wealth and his role in the rise of the Fugger family. He was the son of a wealthy merchant, and he took over the family business after his father died. His wealth allowed him to loan money to the Holy Roman Emperor and other royals, which helped him gain power and influence.

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Among businesspeople, Jakob Fugger ranks 76 out of 604Before him are Bertha Benz, Benjamin Guggenheim, Kiichiro Toyoda, Brian Epstein, Stanley Ho, and Ronald Wayne. After him are Sung Jae-gi, Helena Rubinstein, Jack Ma, Akio Morita, Robert Guérin, and Liliane Bettencourt.

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Among people born in 1459, Jakob Fugger ranks 7Before him are Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, Pope Adrian VI, Muhammad XII of Granada, Martin Behaim, Sultan Cem, and Lorenzo di Credi. After him are Charles, Count of Angoulême, John I Albert, Cima da Conegliano, Hersekzade Ahmed Pasha, Conrad Celtes, and Michael Sittow. Among people deceased in 1525, Jakob Fugger ranks 5Before him are Thomas Müntzer, Frederick III, Elector of Saxony, Cuauhtémoc, and Huayna Capac. After him are Pietro Pomponazzi, Florian Geyer, Andrea della Robbia, Eleanor of Viseu, Fernando d'Ávalos, Michael Sittow, and Charles IV, Duke of Alençon.

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Among people born in Germany, Jakob Fugger ranks 680 out of 5,289Before him are Hermann Weyl (1885), Matilda of Ringelheim (894), Max Beckmann (1884), Lucian Freud (1922), Georg Jellinek (1851), and Ingeborg of Denmark, Queen of France (1174). After him are Franz Joseph Gall (1758), Elsa Einstein (1876), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929), Magda Schneider (1909), Achim von Arnim (1781), and Karl Carstens (1914).


Among businesspeople born in Germany, Jakob Fugger ranks 10Before him are Ludwig Erhard (1897), Robert Bosch (1861), Rudolf Dassler (1898), Henri Nestlé (1814), Otto Frank (1889), and Bertha Benz (1849). After him are Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777), Dietmar Hopp (1940), Johann Friedrich Böttger (1682), Paul Reuter (1816), Uli Hoeneß (1952), and Karl Albrecht (1920).