Markus Wolf

1923 - 2006

Markus Wolf

Markus Johannes Wolf (19 January 1923 – 9 November 2006) was head of the Main Directorate for Reconnaissance (Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung), the foreign intelligence division of East Germany's Ministry for State Security (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, abbreviated MfS, commonly known as the Stasi). He was the Stasi's number two for 34 years, which spanned most of the Cold War. He is often regarded as one of the most well known spymasters during the Cold War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Markus Wolf has received more than 312,866 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 13th most popular public worker.

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Among public workers, Markus Wolf ranks 12 out of 16Before him are Gaius Maecenas, Robert Walpole, Demetrius of Phalerum, François Guizot, Thomas Cromwell, and Ali Hassan al-Majid. After him are John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Pascal Lamy, and Chelsea Clinton.

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Among people born in 1923, Markus Wolf ranks 33Before him are Val Logsdon Fitch, Valentina Cortese, Yma Sumac, Antoni Tàpies, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, and René Girard. After him are Lee Teng-hui, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Philip Warren Anderson, Mauno Koivisto, Erland Josephson, and Jorge Semprún. Among people deceased in 2006, Markus Wolf ranks 38Before him are Johannes Rau, Lennart Meri, Giacinto Facchetti, Telmo Zarra, Jack Palance, and P. W. Botha. After him are Alida Valli, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Allen Carr, Robert Bruce Merrifield, Nam June Paik, and Anna Politkovskaya.

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Among people born in Germany, Markus Wolf ranks 726 out of 3,763Before him are Prince Leopold of Bavaria (1846), Heinrich Louis d'Arrest (1822), Johann Christoph Bach (1642), Frederick Trump (1869), Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria (1869), and Maurice, Elector of Saxony (1521). After him are Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick (1735), Bruno Walter (1876), Walther Wenck (1900), Georg Wittig (1897), Therese Neumann (1898), and Bettina von Arnim (1785).


Among public workers born in Germany, Markus Wolf ranks 1

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