Leopold II of Belgium

1835 - 1909

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Leopold II (French: Léopold Louis Philippe Marie Victor, Dutch: Leopold Lodewijk Filips Maria Victor; 9 April 1835 – 17 December 1909) was the second King of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909 and, through will and effort, the absentee owner and autocratic ruler of the Congo Free State from 1885 to 1908. Born in Brussels as the second but eldest surviving son of Leopold I and Louise of Orléans, he succeeded his father to the Belgian throne in 1865 and reigned for exactly 44 years until his death, the longest reign of a Belgian monarch to date. He died without surviving legitimate sons. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leopold II of Belgium has received more than 6,980,295 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Leopold II of Belgium is the 256th most popular politician (up from 526th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 20th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Belgian Politician.

Leopold II was the King of Belgium from 1865-1909. He is most famous for his brutal rule over the Congo and his exploitation of the Congo's natural resources.

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Among politicians, Leopold II of Belgium ranks 256 out of 15,710Before him are Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, Georges Danton, Edward III of England, Edward I of England, and Oleg of Novgorod. After him are Georgy Zhukov, Ariel Sharon, Yuri Andropov, Theodore Roosevelt, Yitzhak Rabin, and Charles XII of Sweden.

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Among people born in 1835, Leopold II of Belgium ranks 5Before him are Mark Twain, Pope Pius X, Empress Dowager Cixi, and Camille Saint-Saëns. After him are Cesare Lombroso, Andrew Carnegie, Adolf von Baeyer, César Cui, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Henryk Wieniawski, and Samuel Butler. Among people deceased in 1909, Leopold II of Belgium ranks 1After him are Cesare Lombroso, Geronimo, Isaac Albéniz, Hermann Ebbinghaus, Hermann Minkowski, Francisco Tárrega, Itō Hirobumi, Abdul Karim, Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, and Peder Severin Krøyer.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Leopold II of Belgium ranks 10 out of 899Before him are Audrey Hepburn (1929), Charles Martel (688), Clovis I (466), René Magritte (1898), Maurice Maeterlinck (1862), and Andreas Vesalius (1514). After him are Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908), Anthony van Dyck (1599), Orlande de Lassus (1534), Gerardus Mercator (1512), Philip I of Castile (1478), and Frans Hals (1582).

Among POLITICIANS In Belgium

Among politicians born in Belgium, Leopold II of Belgium ranks 4Before him are Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (1500), Pepin the Short (715), and Clovis I (466). After him are Philip I of Castile (1478), Albert II of Belgium (1934), Leopold III of Belgium (1901), Mary of Burgundy (1457), Albert I of Belgium (1875), Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (1480), Mary of Hungary (1505), and Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1697).