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Velupillai Prabhakaran

1954 - 2009

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Velupillai Prabhakaran (listen (US English); Tamil: வேலுப்பிள்ளை பிரபாகரன்; Tamil pronunciation: [ˈʋeːlɯpːiɭːaɪ pɾaˈbaːhaɾan], (26 November 1954 – 18 May 2009) was a Sri Lankan Tamil guerrilla and the founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a militant organization that sought to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka, due to the oppression of Sri Lankan Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government. The LTTE waged war in Sri Lanka for more than 25 years, to create an independent state for the Sri Lankan Tamil people. Prabhakaran was the youngest of four children, born in Valvettithurai, on Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula's northern coast. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Velupillai Prabhakaran has received more than 3,213,608 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Velupillai Prabhakaran is the 25th most popular mafioso (down from 20th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Sri Lanka and the most popular Sri Lankan Mafioso.

Velupillai Prabhakaran is most famous for being the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a militant organization that fought for the independence of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.

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Among mafiosos, Velupillai Prabhakaran ranks 25 out of 52Before him are John Gotti, Ned Kelly, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Richard Kuklinski, Vito Genovese, and Semion Mogilevich. After him are Ta Mok, Khun Sa, Salvatore Giuliano, Griselda Blanco, Vito Cascio Ferro, and Joe Masseria.

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Among people born in 1954, Velupillai Prabhakaran ranks 53Before him are Gianna Nannini, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, François Fillon, Riccardo Patrese, Robert Kocharyan, and Marian Gold. After him are Jane Campion, Kathleen Turner, Johnny Logan, Ross Brawn, Michael Dudikoff, and Eric Gerets. Among people deceased in 2009, Velupillai Prabhakaran ranks 48Before him are Toni Sailer, Pavel Popovich, Patrick McGoohan, Mario Benedetti, Albert Barillé, and Amin al-Hafiz. After him are Ernst Barkmann, Edward T. Hall, Hussein-Ali Montazeri, Kim Peek, Clive Granger, and Sverre Fehn.

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In Sri Lanka

Among people born in Sri Lanka, Velupillai Prabhakaran ranks 3 out of 44Before him are Patanjali (-200) and Sirimavo Bandaranaike (1916). After him are Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877), Anagarika Dharmapala (1864), Tony Hoare (1934), Jack Churchill (1906), Aryadeva (200), Mahinda Rajapaksa (1945), Gotabaya Rajapaksa (1949), William Chester Minor (1834), and Chandrika Kumaratunga (1945).

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Among mafiosos born in Sri Lanka, Velupillai Prabhakaran ranks 1