William C. Durant

1861 - 1947

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William Crapo Durant (December 8, 1861 – March 18, 1947) was a leading pioneer of the United States automobile industry and co-founder of General Motors and Chevrolet. He created a system in which a company held multiple marques – each seemingly independent, with different automobile lines – bound under a unified corporate holding company. Durant, along with Frederic L. Smith, co-founded General Motors, as well as Chevrolet with Louis Chevrolet. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William C. Durant has received more than 962,937 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). William C. Durant is the 217th most popular businessperson (down from 210th in 2019), the 2,703rd most popular biography from United States (up from 2,746th in 2019) and the 74th most popular American Businessperson.

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Among businesspeople, William C. Durant ranks 217 out of 604Before him are Jamsetji Tata, Francesco Baracca, David Koch, Adriano Galliani, Pavel Tretyakov, and Ratan Tata. After him are Joan Laporta, Sergio Marchionne, Albert Kahn, Jordi Cuixart, Charlie Munger, and Félicien Kabuga.

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Among people born in 1861, William C. Durant ranks 54Before him are Spyridon Samaras, James Mark Baldwin, Motilal Nehru, William Renshaw, Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia, and Konstantin Korovin. After him are Nellie Melba, Elin Danielson-Gambogi, Prince Friedrich of Saxe-Meiningen, Emil Wiechert, Constantin Prezan, and Nikolay Zelinsky. Among people deceased in 1947, William C. Durant ranks 78Before him are Fiorello H. La Guardia, Constantin Sănătescu, Nicholas Murray Butler, Władysław Raczkiewicz, William Moulton Marston, and Osami Nagano. After him are Karol Świerczewski, Sidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield, Emma Orczy, Lilly Reich, Evelyn McHale, and Joachim Ernst, Duke of Anhalt.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William C. Durant ranks 2,703 out of 15,968Before him are James E. Webb (1906), Matthew Modine (1959), David Soul (1943), Benjamin West (1738), Elbridge Gerry (1744), and Nikki Sixx (1958). After him are Michael Kamen (1948), Tom Savini (1946), Joe Rosenthal (1911), Betty Grable (1916), Nancy Allen (1950), and Tom Fogerty (1941).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, William C. Durant ranks 74Before him are Mike Markkula (1942), Bill Hewlett (1913), Edsel Ford (1893), Robert Monroe (1915), John Sculley (1939), and David Koch (1940). After him are Charlie Munger (1924), Eric Schmidt (1955), Charles Koch (1935), Erin Brockovich (1960), Paul Castellano (1915), and David Stern (1942).