Todor Zhivkov

1911 - 1998

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Todor Hristov Zhivkov (Bulgarian: Тодор Христов Живков [ˈtɔdor ˈxristof ˈʒifkof]; 7 September 1911 – 5 August 1998) was a Bulgarian communist statesman who served as the de facto leader of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (PRB) from 1954 until 1989 as General Secretary of the Bulgarian Communist Party. He was the second longest-serving leader in the Eastern Bloc after Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, the longest-serving leader within the Warsaw Pact and the longest-serving non-royal ruler in Bulgarian history.He became First Secretary of the Bulgarian Communist Party (BCP) in 1954 (General Secretary from April 1981), served as Prime Minister from 1962 to 1971 and from 1971 onwards as Chairman of the State Council, concurrently with his post as First Secretary. He remained in these positions for 35 years, until 1989, thus becoming the second longest-serving leader of any European Eastern Bloc nation after World War II, and one of the longest ruling non-royal leaders in modern history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Todor Zhivkov has received more than 506,835 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Todor Zhivkov is the 983rd most popular politician (down from 910th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Bulgaria (up from 15th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Bulgarian Politician.

Todor Zhivkov was the leader of Bulgaria from 1954 to 1989. He was most famous for his role in the country's communist regime.

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Among politicians, Todor Zhivkov ranks 983 out of 15,710Before him are Ferdinand I of Romania, Subhas Chandra Bose, Frederick V of the Palatinate, Yeongjo of Joseon, Gojong of Korea, and Tamar of Georgia. After him are Stepan Bandera, Alexander Van der Bellen, Emperor Xuanzong of Tang, Sukjong of Joseon, William Jennings Bryan, and Tedros Adhanom.

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Among people born in 1911, Todor Zhivkov ranks 15Before him are Nino Rota, Władysław Szpilman, Võ Nguyên Giáp, William Golding, Marshall McLuhan, and Jack Ruby. After him are Mikhail Botvinnik, Robert Johnson, Czesław Miłosz, Tennessee Williams, Joseph Barbera, and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Among people deceased in 1998, Todor Zhivkov ranks 8Before him are Pol Pot, Frank Sinatra, Halldór Laxness, Jean Marais, Carlos Castaneda, and Ernst Jünger. After him are Jean-François Lyotard, Yang Shangkun, Niklas Luhmann, Octavio Paz, Alan Shepard, and Raymond Cattell.

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In Bulgaria

Among people born in Bulgaria, Todor Zhivkov ranks 14 out of 313Before him are Georgi Dimitrov (1882), Maximinus Thrax (173), Boris III of Bulgaria (1894), Phocas (547), Marcian (396), and Simeon I of Bulgaria (864). After him are Diogenes of Apollonia (-460), Talaat Pasha (1874), Julia Kristeva (1941), Boris I of Bulgaria (828), Tiberius II Constantine (520), and Kubrat (605).

Among POLITICIANS In Bulgaria

Among politicians born in Bulgaria, Todor Zhivkov ranks 10Before him are Georgi Dimitrov (1882), Maximinus Thrax (173), Boris III of Bulgaria (1894), Phocas (547), Marcian (396), and Simeon I of Bulgaria (864). After him are Talaat Pasha (1874), Boris I of Bulgaria (828), Tiberius II Constantine (520), Kubrat (605), Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1937), and Kaloyan of Bulgaria (1168).