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William Boeing

1881 - 1956

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William Edward Boeing (; October 1, 1881 – September 28, 1956) was an American aviation pioneer who founded the Pacific Airplane Company in 1916, which a year later was renamed to The Boeing Company, now the largest exporter in the United States by dollar value and among the largest aerospace manufacturers in the world. William Boeing's first design was the Boeing Model 1 (or B & W Seaplane), which first flew in June 1916, a month before the company was founded. He also helped create the United Aircraft and Transport Corporation (known as "United Airlines" today) in 1929 and served as its chairman. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Boeing has received more than 788,800 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). William Boeing is the 100th most popular businessperson (up from 114th in 2019), the 1,163rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,322nd in 2019) and the 30th most popular American Businessperson.

William Boeing is most famous for founding the company, Boeing.

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Among businesspeople, William Boeing ranks 100 out of 601Before him are Nathan Mayer Rothschild, Ivana Trump, Sam Walton, Louis Chevrolet, Eusebi Güell, and Gianni Infantino. After him are Lee Iacocca, Christophe Plantin, Fred Trump, Mike Markkula, Elizabeth Arden, and Brian Epstein.

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Among people born in 1881, William Boeing ranks 44Before him are Carlo Carrà, Asta Nielsen, Theodore von Kármán, Ivan Ribar, Otto Bauer, and Alfred Radcliffe-Brown. After him are Emil Ludwig, Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, Ludwig Binswanger, Nikolai Myaskovsky, Sveinn Björnsson, and Cecil B. DeMille. Among people deceased in 1956, William Boeing ranks 32Before him are Bolesław Bierut, Joseph Wirth, Anastasio Somoza García, Daniel Swarovski, Alexander Dovzhenko, and Elisabeth of Romania. After him are Marie Laurencin, Mistinguett, August Kubizek, Lyonel Feininger, Yakub Kolas, and Juan Negrín.

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Among people born in United States, William Boeing ranks 1,163 out of 18,182Before him are Julian Schwinger (1918), Russell Alan Hulse (1950), Martha Gellhorn (1908), Hal Holbrook (1925), Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821), and Phil Jackson (1945). After him are Tori Amos (1963), Don King (1931), Bill Pullman (1953), Val Kilmer (1959), Lee Iacocca (1924), and Scarlett Johansson (1984).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, William Boeing ranks 30Before him are Estée Lauder (1906), Paul Allen (1953), Larry Flynt (1942), Benjamin Guggenheim (1865), Madam C. J. Walker (1867), and Sam Walton (1918). After him are Lee Iacocca (1924), Fred Trump (1905), Mike Markkula (1942), William Randolph Hearst (1863), John D. Rockefeller Jr. (1874), and Gordon Moore (1929).