Ludwig Erhard

1897 - 1977

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Ludwig Wilhelm Erhard (German: [ˈluːtvɪç ˈʔeːɐ̯haʁt]; 4 February 1897 – 5 May 1977) was a German politician 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. During that period he promoted the concept of the social market economy (soziale Marktwirtschaft), on which Germany's economic policy in the 21st century continues to be based. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ludwig Erhard has received more than 684,447 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Ludwig Erhard is the 22nd most popular businessperson (up from 26th in 2019), the 232nd most popular biography from Germany (up from 253rd in 2019) and the 4th 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 604Before him are Carlos Slim, Levi Strauss, Muhammad Yunus, Adolf Dassler, Cosimo de' Medici, and Amancio Ortega. After him are Colonel Sanders, Andrew Carnegie, Hugh Hefner, Tim Cook, Jules Rimet, and J. P. Morgan.

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Among people born in 1897, Ludwig Erhard ranks 11Before him are Irène Joliot-Curie, Anthony Eden, Ivan Konev, Lucky Luciano, Wilhelm Reich, and Paavo Nurmi. After him are Subhas Chandra Bose, Norbert Elias, Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, Georges Bataille, Gordon Allport, and Enid Blyton. Among people deceased in 1977, Ludwig Erhard ranks 9Before him are Maria Callas, Vladimir Nabokov, Wernher von Braun, Anthony Eden, Roberto Rossellini, and René Goscinny. After him are Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Jacques Prévert, Alexey Stakhanov, Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Makarios III, and Kurt Schuschnigg.

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Among people born in Germany, Ludwig Erhard ranks 232 out of 5,289Before him are Gustav Ludwig Hertz (1887), Johann Friedrich Struensee (1737), Albert Kesselring (1885), Irma Grese (1923), Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (1086), and Leopold von Ranke (1795). After him are Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg (1620), Eduard Bernstein (1850), Pina Bausch (1940), Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg (1868), Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714), and Valentinian II (371).


Among businesspeople born in Germany, Ludwig Erhard ranks 4Before him are Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838), Levi Strauss (1829), and Adolf Dassler (1900). After him are Robert Bosch (1861), Rudolf Dassler (1898), Henri Nestlé (1814), Otto Frank (1889), Bertha Benz (1849), Jakob Fugger (1459), Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777), and Dietmar Hopp (1940).