Madam C. J. Walker

1867 - 1919

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Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America in the Guinness Book of World Records. Multiple sources mention that although other women (like Mary Ellen Pleasant) might have been the first, their wealth is not as well-documented.Walker made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of cosmetics and hair care products for black women through the business she founded, Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Madam C. J. Walker has received more than 8,772,470 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Madam C. J. Walker is the 51st most popular businessperson (up from 309th in 2019), the 533rd most popular biography from United States (up from 5,314th in 2019) and the 19th most popular American Businessperson.

Madam C. J. Walker was an African-American entrepreneur who was the first female self-made millionaire in America. She became famous for inventing and marketing a hair care line for black women.

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Among businesspeople, Madam C. J. Walker ranks 51 out of 604Before her are Henri Nestlé, Sergei Diaghilev, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Thomas Cook, Otto Frank, and Johns Hopkins. After her are Aga Khan IV, Joan Gamper, J. Bruce Ismay, Calouste Gulbenkian, Robert McNamara, and Paul Allen.

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Among people born in 1867, Madam C. J. Walker ranks 11Before her are Luigi Pirandello, Emil Nolde, Arturo Toscanini, John Galsworthy, Mary of Teck, and Percy Fawcett. After her are Pierre Bonnard, Emily Greene Balch, Käthe Kollwitz, Natsume Sōseki, Prince Maximilian of Baden, and Walther Rathenau. Among people deceased in 1919, Madam C. J. Walker ranks 15Before her are Andrew Carnegie, Ruggero Leoncavallo, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Gojong of Korea, William Crookes, and Carl Larsson. After her are Alfred Werner, Yakov Sverdlov, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, L. Frank Baum, and Ismail Qemali.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Madam C. J. Walker ranks 533 out of 15,968Before her are Tyrone Power (1914), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), Farrah Fawcett (1947), Johns Hopkins (1795), Nancy Pelosi (1940), and Billie Holiday (1915). After her are Harper Lee (1926), Dwayne Johnson (1972), Stephen Hillenburg (1961), Howard Gardner (1943), Ed Harris (1950), and Chester A. Arthur (1829).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Madam C. J. Walker ranks 19Before her are P. T. Barnum (1810), Steve Ballmer (1956), Robert Kardashian (1944), Jeff Bezos (1964), Robert Kiyosaki (1947), and Johns Hopkins (1795). After her are Robert McNamara (1916), Paul Allen (1953), Margaret Hamilton (1936), Fred Trump (1905), Estée Lauder (1906), and Martin Cooper (1928).