Liu Bei

161 - 223

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Liu Bei (Chinese: 劉備, pronunciation ; Mandarin pronunciation: [ljǒu pêi]; 161 – 10 June 223), courtesy name Xuande (玄德), was a warlord in the late Eastern Han dynasty who founded the state of Shu Han in the Three Kingdoms period and became its first ruler. Though he was a distant relative of the imperial family, Liu Bei's father died when he was a child and left his family impoverished. To help his mother, he sold shoes and straw mats. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Liu Bei has received more than 1,408,491 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia. Liu Bei is the 349th most popular politician (down from 300th in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from China (down from 18th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Chinese Politician.

Liu Bei is most famous for being a general who served in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He was a descendant of Liu Zhen, Prince Jing of Zhongshan.

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Among politicians, Liu Bei ranks 349 out of 15,710Before him are Alaric I, Mahidevran, Louis II of Hungary, George V, Barack Obama, and Goliath. After him are Cambyses II, Vyacheslav Molotov, Caesarion, Theodosius II, Henry VI of England, and Erich Honecker.

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Among people born in 161, Liu Bei ranks 2Before him is Commodus. After him is Lü Bu. Among people deceased in 223, Liu Bei ranks 1After him are Pope Callixtus I, Athenaeus, Cao Ren, Jia Xu, and Zhou Tai.

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In China

Among people born in China, Liu Bei ranks 27 out of 1,186Before him are Kangxi Emperor (1654), Qianlong Emperor (1711), Mencius (-372), Xuanzang (602), Cai Lun (48), and Zhuge Liang (181). After him are Guan Yu (162), Du Fu (712), Zhuang Zhou (-369), Hongwu Emperor (1328), Jiang Zemin (1926), and Yongle Emperor (1360).


Among politicians born in China, Liu Bei ranks 14Before him are Empress Dowager Cixi (1835), Wu Zetian (624), Xi Jinping (1953), Hu Jintao (1942), Kangxi Emperor (1654), and Qianlong Emperor (1711). After him are Hongwu Emperor (1328), Jiang Zemin (1926), Yongle Emperor (1360), Emperor Taizong of Tang (598), Emperor Gaozu of Han (-256), and Emperor Wu of Han (-156).