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 1,219,657 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Jakob Fugger is the 67th most popular businessperson (up from 76th in 2019), the 636th most popular biography from Germany (up from 680th in 2019) and the 9th most popular 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 67 out of 601Before him are Roman Abramovich, Frank Williams, Margaret Hamilton, Helena Rubinstein, Robert McNamara, and J. Bruce Ismay. After him are Calouste Gulbenkian, Larry Ellison, Boris Berezovsky, Kiichiro Toyoda, Estée Lauder, and Lee Kun-hee.

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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, Hersekzade Ahmed Pasha, John I Albert, Michael Sittow, Cima da Conegliano, and Conrad Celtes. Among people deceased in 1525, Jakob Fugger ranks 4Before him are Thomas Müntzer, Frederick III, Elector of Saxony, and Cuauhtémoc. After him are Huayna Capac, Pietro Pomponazzi, Florian Geyer, Eleanor of Viseu, Andrea della Robbia, Michael Sittow, Charles IV, Duke of Alençon, and Fernando d'Ávalos.

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Among people born in Germany, Jakob Fugger ranks 636 out of 6,142Before him are Cunigunde of Luxembourg (978), Walther Rathenau (1867), Maria Josepha of Bavaria (1739), Werner von Haeften (1908), Anna Anderson (1896), and Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse (1837). After him are Rudolf Otto (1869), Frederick Trump (1869), Otto Rehhagel (1938), Ernest Augustus, Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1629), Karl Wolff (1900), and Jürgen Klopp (1967).


Among businesspeople born in Germany, Jakob Fugger ranks 9Before him are Ludwig Erhard (1897), Adolf Dassler (1900), Otto Frank (1889), Robert Bosch (1861), Rudolf Dassler (1898), and Henri Nestlé (1814). After him are Paul Reuter (1816), Bertha Benz (1849), Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777), James Mayer de Rothschild (1792), Uli Hoeneß (1952), and Johann Friedrich Böttger (1682).