Lazare Ponticelli

1897 - 2008

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Lazare Ponticelli (born Lazzaro Ponticelli, 24 December 1897, later mistranscribed as 7 December – 12 March 2008), Knight of Vittorio Veneto, was at 110, the last surviving officially recognized veteran of the First World War from France and the last poilu of its trenches to die.Born in Italy, he travelled on his own to France at the age of eight. Aged 16, he lied about his age in order to join the French Army at the start of the war in 1914, before being transferred against his will to the Italian Army the following year. After the war, he and his brothers founded the piping and metal work company Ponticelli Frères (Ponticelli Brothers), which produced supplies for the Second World War effort and as of 2021 was still in business. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lazare Ponticelli has received more than 96,091 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Lazare Ponticelli is the 229th most popular businessperson (down from 209th in 2019), the 2,107th most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,979th in 2019) and the 16th most popular Italian Businessperson.

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Among businesspeople, Lazare Ponticelli ranks 229 out of 604Before him are Félicien Kabuga, Eric Schmidt, Charles Koch, Erin Brockovich, Paul Castellano, and David Stern. After him are Arnon Milchan, Arthur Guinness, Lamine Diack, Frits Philips, Henry E. Steinway, and Lee Shau-kee.

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Among people born in 1897, Lazare Ponticelli ranks 116Before him are Karol Świerczewski, Georgy Shpagin, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Štefan Tiso, Peter Högl, and Marian Anderson. After him are Emil Leon Post, John Bagot Glubb, Yuri Kondratyuk, Otto Struve, Valentin Kataev, and Bulbul. Among people deceased in 2008, Lazare Ponticelli ranks 97Before him are Sufi Abu Taleb, Leyla Gencer, Estelle Getty, Don S. Davis, Claude Piron, and Paul Scofield. After him are Ove Andersson, Robert Mulligan, Khertek Anchimaa-Toka, Josef Tal, Boris Shakhlin, and Mitch Mitchell.

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Among people born in Italy, Lazare Ponticelli ranks 2,107 out of 4,088Before him are Jean-Antoine de Baïf (1532), Isa Miranda (1909), Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa (1920), Gae Aulenti (1927), George P. Cosmatos (1941), and Joseph Freinademetz (1852). After him are Emerentiana (250), Anna Juliana Gonzaga (1566), Laura Betti (1927), Francesco Toldo (1971), Pietro Rava (1916), and Gigi D'Agostino (1967).


Among businesspeople born in Italy, Lazare Ponticelli ranks 16Before him are Aurelio Peccei (1908), Vincenzo Lancia (1881), Piero Ferrari (1945), Francesco Baracca (1888), Adriano Galliani (1944), and Sergio Marchionne (1952). After him are Giangiacomo Feltrinelli (1926), Maurizio Arrivabene (1957), Mino Raiola (1967), Andrea Agnelli (1975), Piero Dusio (1899), and Marco Mattiacci (1970).