Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

1919 - 1980

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Mohammed Reza Pahlavi (26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980), commonly referred to in the Western world as Mohammad Reza Shah, or just simply The Shah, was the last monarch of Iran. He began ruling the Imperial State of Iran after succeeding his father Reza Shah in 1941 and remained in power until he was overthrown by the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which abolished the country's monarchy and established the Islamic Republic of Iran. In 1967, he took up the title Shahanshah (lit. 'King of Kings') and held several others, including Aryamehr (lit. 'Light of the Aryans') and Bozorg Arteshtaran (lit. 'Grand Army Commander'). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi has received more than 11,861,974 page views. His biography is available in 94 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 92 in 2019). Mohammad Reza Pahlavi is the 175th most popular politician (up from 195th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Iran and the 3rd most popular Iranian Politician.

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi is most famous for being the last shah of Iran. He was overthrown in 1979 during the Iranian Revolution and replaced by Ayatollah Khomeini.

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Among politicians, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ranks 175 out of 19,576Before him are Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lech Wałęsa, Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, George W. Bush, and Salvador Allende. After him are Lee Kuan Yew, Osman II, Louis Philippe I, Mary, Queen of Scots, Alp Arslan, and Paul von Hindenburg.

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Among people born in 1919, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ranks 1After him are Eva Perón, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Edmund Hillary, J. D. Salinger, Primo Levi, Doris Lessing, Giulio Andreotti, Zhao Ziyang, Kim Jong-suk, Georgios Papadopoulos, and Fausto Coppi. Among people deceased in 1980, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ranks 7Before him are Josip Broz Tito, Jean-Paul Sartre, Karl Dönitz, Alfred Hitchcock, John Lennon, and Jean Piaget. After him are Erich Fromm, Roland Barthes, Bon Scott, Oskar Kokoschka, Steve McQueen, and Jesse Owens.

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Among people born in Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ranks 7 out of 631Before him are Omar Khayyam (1048), Al-Ghazali (1058), Zoroaster (-2000), Ruhollah Khomeini (1902), Cyrus the Great (-600), and Xerxes I (-519). After him are Ali Khamenei (1939), Darius III (-380), Harun al-Rashid (766), Ismail I (1487), Abu Nuwas (762), and Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi (865).

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Among politicians born in Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ranks 3Before him are Cyrus the Great (-600), and Xerxes I (-519). After him are Ali Khamenei (1939), Darius III (-380), Harun al-Rashid (766), Cambyses II (-550), Malik-Shah I (1055), Tahmasp I (1514), Nader Shah (1688), Khosrow I (501), and Reza Shah (1878).