Qin Shi Huang

258 BC - 210 BC

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Qin Shi Huang (Chinese: 秦始皇, ; February 259 – 12 July 210 BC) was the founder of the Qin dynasty and the first emperor of China. Rather than maintain the title of "king" (wáng 王) borne by the previous Shang and Zhou rulers, he assumed the invented title of "emperor" (huángdì 皇帝), which would see continuous use by monarchs in China for the next two millennia. Born in Handan, the capital of Zhao, as Ying Zheng (嬴政) or Zhao Zheng (趙政), his parents were King Zhuangxiang of Qin and Lady Zhao. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Qin Shi Huang has received more than 8,461,783 page views. His biography is available in 177 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 172 in 2019). Qin Shi Huang is the 38th most popular politician (down from 33rd in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from China (down from 3rd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Chinese Politician.

Qin Shi Huang is most famous for being the first emperor of China and unifying the country.

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Among politicians, Qin Shi Huang ranks 38 out of 19,576Before him are Attila, Osman I, Umar, Maria Theresa, Richard III of England, and Abraham Lincoln. After him are Hillary Clinton, Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat, Andrew Johnson, Martin Van Buren, and Ulysses S. Grant.

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Among people born in 258 BC, Qin Shi Huang ranks 1 Among people deceased in 210 BC, Qin Shi Huang ranks 1After him are Fusu, Meng Tian, Lykourgos, and Nicomedes.

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Among people born in China, Qin Shi Huang ranks 4 out of 1,610Before him are Confucius (-551), Mao Zedong (1893), and Huang Xianfan (1899). After him are Sun Tzu (-544), Laozi (-604), Zheng He (1387), Sun Yat-sen (1866), Deng Xiaoping (1904), Li Bai (701), Sima Qian (-145), and 14th Dalai Lama (1935).


Among politicians born in China, Qin Shi Huang ranks 3Before him are Mao Zedong (1893), and Huang Xianfan (1899). After him are Sun Yat-sen (1866), Deng Xiaoping (1904), Xi Jinping (1953), Kublai Khan (1215), Empress Dowager Cixi (1835), Wu Zetian (624), Hu Jintao (1942), Qianlong Emperor (1711), and Liu Bei (161).