Cecil Rhodes

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Birthday
5, 1853
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Mar 26, 1902 (48)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
5, 1853
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Mar 26, 1902 (48)

About

English businessman and politician who founded the South African state of Rhodesia, which is named for him. He was also the 7th Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896.

Before Fame

As the Chairman of De Beers, he established a monopoly on the world's diamond supply.

Trivia

He founded Rhodes University in South Africa and established the Rhodes Scholarship.

Family Life

He was born to Reverend Francis William Rhodes and Louisa Peacock Rhodes. He had one older brother who became a military officer.

Associated With

He served English interests in South Africa under the reign of Queen Victoria.