John DeLorean

1925 - 2005

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John Zachary DeLorean (January 6, 1925 – March 19, 2005) was an American engineer, inventor, and executive in the U.S. automobile industry, widely known for his work at General Motors and as founder of the DeLorean Motor Company.DeLorean managed the development of a number of vehicles throughout his career, including the Pontiac GTO muscle car, the Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevrolet Cosworth Vega, and the DMC DeLorean sports car, which was featured in the 1985 film Back to the Future. He was the youngest division chief in General Motors history, then left to start the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) in 1973. Production delays meant that DMC's first car did not reach the consumer market until 1981, when a depressed buying market was compounded by lukewarm reviews from critics and the public. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John DeLorean has received more than 5,277,531 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). John DeLorean is the 125th most popular businessperson (up from 161st in 2019), the 1,423rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,960th in 2019) and the 42nd most popular Businessperson.

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Among businesspeople, John DeLorean ranks 125 out of 601Before him are Joan Laporta, Walter Chrysler, Giulia Tofana, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Solomon R. Guggenheim. After him are Ethan Allen, Roger Ailes, Henry Ford II, Ron Dennis, Roy O. Disney, and Johns Hopkins.

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Among people born in 1925, John DeLorean ranks 79Before him are Robert Rauschenberg, Ernest Gellner, Michel de Certeau, Harry Harrison, Joshua Lederberg, and Leo Esaki. After him are Gabriele Amorth, Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen, José Freire Falcão, Charles Chaplin Jr., John Pople, and Willi Herold. Among people deceased in 2005, John DeLorean ranks 53Before him are Mary Jackson, Consuelo Velázquez, Akira Yoshizawa, Ephraim Kishon, Rosemary Kennedy, and Emmanuelle Arsan. After him are Barbara Bel Geddes, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, William Westmoreland, Robert Sheckley, Arman, and Victoria de los Ángeles.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John DeLorean ranks 1,423 out of 18,182Before him are Rollo May (1909), Marilyn vos Savant (1946), Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794), Bob Ross (1942), Solomon R. Guggenheim (1861), and Lita Grey (1908). After him are Barbara Bel Geddes (1922), Connie Francis (1938), David Duchovny (1960), Charles G. Dawes (1865), Cesar Romero (1907), and Elias James Corey (1928).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, John DeLorean ranks 42Before him are Gordon Moore (1929), Stan Kroenke (1947), Bernard Baruch (1870), Walter Chrysler (1875), Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794), and Solomon R. Guggenheim (1861). After him are Ethan Allen (1738), Roger Ailes (1940), Henry Ford II (1917), Roy O. Disney (1893), Johns Hopkins (1795), and Martha Stewart (1941).