Paulo Coelho

1947 - Today

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Paulo Coelho de Souza ( KWEL-yoo, koo-EL-yoo, -⁠yoh, Portuguese: [ˈpawlu koˈeʎu]; born 24 August 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist and a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paulo Coelho has received more than 5,292,500 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 96 in 2019). Paulo Coelho is the 103rd most popular writer (down from 80th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Brazil (down from 2nd in 2019) and the most popular Brazilian Writer.

Paulo Coelho is most famous for his book The Alchemist, which was published in 1988. The book is about a shepherd boy named Santiago who goes on a quest to find a treasure in the pyramids of Egypt.

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  • 5.3M

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  • 76.95

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 97

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 14.09

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.53

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

El Peregrino
El Zahir
Veronika Decide Morir
Once Minutos
A Orillas del Rio Piedra Me Sente y Llore


Among writers, Paulo Coelho ranks 103 out of 7,302Before him are George Sand, Marquis de Sade, Jonathan Swift, Ismail I, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf. After him are Abu Nuwas, Du Fu, André Gide, Stephen King, Maurice Maeterlinck, and August Strindberg.

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Among people born in 1947, Paulo Coelho ranks 5Before him are Hillary Clinton, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Johan Cruyff. After him are Stephen King, David Bowie, Elton John, David Letterman, Brian Johnson, Dilma Rousseff, and Florentino Pérez.

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In Brazil

Among people born in Brazil, Paulo Coelho ranks 3 out of 2,236Before him are Pelé (1940), and Garrincha (1933). After him are Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (1945), Mário Zagallo (1931), Ronaldo (1976), Oscar Niemeyer (1907), Zico (1953), Ayrton Senna (1960), Dilma Rousseff (1947), Jair Bolsonaro (1955), and Jairzinho (1944).

Among WRITERS In Brazil

Among writers born in Brazil, Paulo Coelho ranks 1After him are Jorge Amado (1912), Vinicius de Moraes (1913), Machado de Assis (1839), Reinaldo Arenas (1943), Chico Xavier (1910), Mário de Andrade (1893), José Mauro de Vasconcelos (1920), Augusto Boal (1931), Osvaldo Moles (1913), Carlos Marighella (1911), and Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902).