Ludwig Erhard

1897 - 1977

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Ludwig Wilhelm Erhard (German: [ˈluːtvɪç ˈʔeːɐ̯haʁt]; 4 February 1897 – 5 May 1977) was a German politician and economist affiliated with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and chancellor of West Germany from 1963 until 1966. He is known for leading the West German postwar economic reforms and economic recovery (Wirtschaftswunder, German for "economic miracle") in his role as Minister of Economic Affairs under Chancellor Konrad Adenauer from 1949 to 1963. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ludwig Erhard has received more than 965,954 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Ludwig Erhard is the 22nd most popular businessperson (up from 24th in 2019), the 217th most popular biography from Germany (up from 230th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Businessperson.

Ludwig Erhard was the West German Minister of Economics from 1949 to 1963. He is most famous for his economic policies, which were known as the "social market economy."

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Among businesspeople, Ludwig Erhard ranks 22 out of 847Before him are Bernard Arnault, Levi Strauss, Florentino Pérez, Tim Cook, Jeffrey Epstein, and Cosimo de' Medici. After him are David Rockefeller, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Steve Ballmer, Amancio Ortega, Colonel Sanders, and Muhammad Yunus.

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Among people born in 1897, Ludwig Erhard ranks 8Before him are Irène Joliot-Curie, Pope Paul VI, William Faulkner, Amelia Earhart, Anthony Eden, and Subhas Chandra Bose. After him are Ivan Konev, Paavo Nurmi, Wilhelm Reich, Lucky Luciano, Georges Bataille, and Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia. Among people deceased in 1977, Ludwig Erhard ranks 9Before him are Maria Callas, Vladimir Nabokov, Wernher von Braun, Anthony Eden, Stefania Turkewich, and Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk. After him are René Goscinny, Roberto Rossellini, Jacques Prévert, Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Makarios III, and Alexey Stakhanov.

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Among people born in Germany, Ludwig Erhard ranks 217 out of 7,253Before him are Carl Ritter (1779), Werner von Siemens (1816), Pope Clement II (1005), Edith Stein (1891), Albert, Prince Consort (1819), and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (1956). After him are Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714), Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756), Justus von Liebig (1803), Eduard Bernstein (1850), Walter Ulbricht (1893), and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710).


Among businesspeople born in Germany, Ludwig Erhard ranks 2Before him are Levi Strauss (1829). After him are Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838), Adolf Dassler (1900), Otto Frank (1889), Rudolf Dassler (1898), Jakob Fugger (1459), Henri Nestlé (1814), Robert Bosch (1861), Paul Reuter (1816), Bertha Benz (1849), and Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777).