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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 10,689,165 page views. Her biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Madam C. J. Walker is the 90th most popular businessperson (down from 51st in 2019), the 1,000th most popular biography from United States (down from 533rd in 2019) and the 28th 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 90 out of 601Before her are Ole Kirk Christiansen, Ferdinand Piëch, Robert Guérin, Flavio Briatore, Paul Reuter, and Benjamin Guggenheim. After her are John McAfee, Bertha Benz, Michele Ferrero, Nathan Mayer Rothschild, Ivana Trump, and Sam Walton.

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Among people born in 1867, Madam C. J. Walker ranks 31Before her are Margaret Brown, Umberto Giordano, Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony, Sakichi Toyoda, Joseph Maria Olbrich, and Rubén Darío. After her are Kurt Eisner, Edward B. Titchener, Ignacy Mościcki, Eugen Sandow, Alexander Parvus, and Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. Among people deceased in 1919, Madam C. J. Walker ranks 23Before her are Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia, Habibullah Khan, Ismail Qemali, and L. Frank Baum. After her are Kurt Eisner, Johannes Rydberg, Prince John of the United Kingdom, Leonid Andreyev, Henry Gantt, and Milan Rastislav Štefánik.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Madam C. J. Walker ranks 1,000 out of 18,182Before her are Elliott Gould (1938), Richard Dreyfuss (1947), Willie Nelson (1933), Herbie Hancock (1940), George E. Smith (1930), and Frank B. Kellogg (1856). After her are Kobe Bryant (1978), Jim Belushi (1954), Walter Lippmann (1889), Kevin Kline (1947), Dennis Tito (1940), and Wyatt Earp (1848).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Madam C. J. Walker ranks 28Before her are Robert McNamara (1916), Larry Ellison (1944), Estée Lauder (1906), Paul Allen (1953), Larry Flynt (1942), and Benjamin Guggenheim (1865). After her are Sam Walton (1918), William Boeing (1881), Lee Iacocca (1924), Fred Trump (1905), Mike Markkula (1942), and William Randolph Hearst (1863).