New games! PlayTrivia andBirthle.


Pik Botha

1932 - 2018

Photo of Pik Botha

Icon of person Pik Botha

Roelof Frederik "Pik" Botha, (27 April 1932 – 12 October 2018) was a South African politician who served as the country's foreign minister in the last years of the apartheid era, the longest-serving in South African history. Known as a liberal within the party, Botha served to present a friendly, conciliatory face on the regime, while criticised internally. He was a leading contender for the leadership of the National Party upon John Vorster's resignation in 1978, but was ultimately not chosen. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pik Botha has received more than 369,691 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Pik Botha is the 14,077th most popular politician (down from 12,398th in 2019), the 106th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 99th in 2019) and the 36th most popular South African Politician.

Memorability Metrics

  • 370k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 46.20

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 24

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.92

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.59

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Pik Bothas by language


Among politicians, Pik Botha ranks 14,077 out of 15,577Before him are Ismail Nasiruddin of Terengganu, Adad-shuma-usur, Johan Ferner, Swithhelm of Essex, Edwin Stanton, and Malcolm MacDonald. After him are Wilferd Madelung, Frédéric Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi, Georgios Theotokis, Danny Faure, Enoch L. Johnson, and Menyhért Lónyay.

Most Popular Politicians in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1932, Pik Botha ranks 316Before him are Oliver Nelson, Josef Musil, Lyudvig Chibirov, Joe Engle, Ben Bova, and Neil Bartlett. After him are John Lyons, Clifton Williams, Stéphane Bruey, Leonid Spirin, Louis Rwagasore, and Sígfrid Gràcia. Among people deceased in 2018, Pik Botha ranks 306Before him are Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Ferenc Kósa, Dariush Shayegan, Chuck McCann, John Julius Norwich, and Hugh Masekela. After him are Zvonko Bego, Arthur Barnard, Barys Kit, Idrissa Ouédraogo, Sergio Gonella, and Per Ahlmark.

Others Born in 1932

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 2018

Go to all Rankings

In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Pik Botha ranks 106 out of 374Before him are Louis Raymond (1895), Jim Fouché (1898), Mark Shuttleworth (1973), Phil Ramone (1934), Bevil Rudd (1894), and Hugh Masekela (1939). After him are Devdas Gandhi (1900), John Kani (1943), Denis Goldberg (1933), Roger Michell (1956), William Kentridge (1955), and Eben Dönges (1898).

Among POLITICIANS In South Africa

Among politicians born in South Africa, Pik Botha ranks 36Before him are Chris Hani (1942), Jan de Klerk (1903), Mpande kaSenzangakhona (1798), Helen Suzman (1917), Goodwill Zwelithini (1948), and Jim Fouché (1898). After him are Eben Dönges (1898), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (1949), Ted Moore (1914), Tom Naudé (1889), Mangosuthu Buthelezi (1928), and Ruth First (1925).