Famous Dutch Entrepreneurs

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 1 Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Venlo, Netherlands

 2 Edsger W. Dijkstra

Edsger W. Dijkstra.
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: August 6, 2002
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 3 Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken.
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is a Dutch-British billionaire businesswoman. She is the owner of a 25% controlling interest in Heineken N.V., the world's second-largest brewer. The daughter of a prominent industrialist, she has a law degree from Leiden University. Upon her father’s death in 2002, she inherited about £3 billion, becoming one of the richest people in the country. 

 4 Pim Fortuyn

Pim Fortuyn.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Driehuis, Netherlands
Died: May 6, 2002

 5 Anthony Fokker

Anthony Fokker.
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Famous As: Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer
Birthdate: April 6, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kediri, East Java
Died: December 23, 1939

Though a high-school drop-out, Dutch aviation designer and entrepreneur Anthony Fokker showed his interest in mechanics quite early. He designed over 40 types of fighter aircrafts for the Germans during World War I. The aircraft that completed the first nonstop flight across the U.S. was also made by him.

 6 Frits Philips

Frits Philips
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 16, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Died: December 5, 2005

 7 Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza

Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: April 13, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Scheveningen, Netherlands
Died: April 26, 2002
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 8 Marc Bolland

Marc Bolland
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Apeldoorn, Netherlands

 9 Rita Verdonk

Rita Verdonk
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Famous As: Politician, Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

 10 Wim Duisenberg

Wim Duisenberg
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Famous As: Economist, Banker, Politician, University teacher
Birthdate: July 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Heerenveen
Died: July 31, 2005

 11 Jan Huyghen van Linschoten

Jan Huyghen van Linschoten
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 1563 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: February 8, 1611

 12 Joseph de la Vega

Joseph de la Vega
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Famous As: Financial expert, Poet
Birthdate: 1650 AD
Birthplace: Espejo, Spain
Died: November 13, 1692

A respected diamond merchant, moral philosopher and poet, Joseph de la Vega spent most of his life in Amsterdam, occupying important positions in several literary academies.  Author of seven published works, most significant of which is Confusion of Confusions, a book based on Amsterdam Stock Exchange, he is also credited with writing more than 200 letters to different European statesman.

 13 Dirk Stikker

Dirk Stikker
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winschoten, Netherlands
Died: December 23, 1979

 14 Roemer Visscher

Roemer Visscher
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 1547 AD
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: February 19, 1620

 15 Jacobus Nienhuys

Jacobus Nienhuys
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 15, 1836
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rhenen, Netherlands
Died: July 27, 1927

 16 Olivier Brunel

Olivier Brunel
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: Province of Brabant
Died: 1585 AD