Famous Dutch Leaders

Find out more about the greatest Dutch Leaders, including Mark Rutte, Desiderius Erasmus, Geert Wilders, Pope Adrian VI and Pier Gerlofs Donia.

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 1 William III of England

William III of England.
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Famous As: King of England
Birthdate: November 4, 1650
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Binnenhof, South Holland
Died: March 8, 1702
King William III of England, son of William II, Prince of Orange, was also known as William of Orange. A staunch Protestant, he is remembered for his joint rule with his wife, Queen Mary II, and for his exploits such as the Glorious Revolution and the Nine Years' War.

 2 Geert Wilders

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

Mark Rutte.
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Famous As: Politician, Historian, Teacher, Pianist
Birthdate: February 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Hague

 4 Jan van Riebeeck

Jan van Riebeeck.
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Famous As: Dutch Colonial Administrator
Birthdate: April 21, 1619
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Culemborg
Died: January 18, 1677

Jan van Riebeeck was a Dutch colonial administrator and navigator. He is credited with founding the Dutch Cape Colony and Cape Town. Jan van Riebeeck is of historical and cultural importance to South Africa as many South Africans consider him the founding father of their country. Several South African villages and towns have streets named after Van Riebeeck.

 5 Pier Gerlofs Donia

Pier Gerlofs Donia.
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Kimswerd, Frisia, Netherlands
Died: October 28, 1520

Pier Gerlofs Donia was a Frisian rebel leader and pirate, whose life is shrouded in mystery. He was said to be a big, strong man with a dark complexion. He led an armed band, known as the Arumer Zwarte Hoop, against the Hollanders and Burgundians at sea and targeted ships that traveled the Zuiderzee. He died in 1520. 

 6 Thierry Baudet

Thierry Baudet
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Heemstede, Netherlands

 7 Frans Timmermans

Frans Timmermans
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maastricht, Netherlands
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 8 Michiel de Ruyter

Michiel de Ruyter.
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: March 24, 1607
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vlissingen, Netherlands
Died: April 29, 1676

Michiel de Ruyter was a Dutch admiral best remembered for his achievements during the Anglo-Dutch Wars. An important member of the Dutch Navy during his time, De Ruyter is widely considered one of the most talented admirals of all time. Regarded as a Dutch folk hero, Michiel de Ruyter's life and career inspired the 2015 Dutch film, Michiel de Ruyter.

 9 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

 10 Maurice, Prince of Orange

Maurice, Prince of Orange
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: November 14, 1567
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dillenburg, Germany
Died: April 23, 1625

 11 Abraham Kuyper

Abraham Kuyper
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 29, 1837
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maassluis, Netherlands
Died: November 8, 1920

 12 Jan Peter Balkenende

Jan Peter Balkenende
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Famous As: Jurist, Politician, University teacher, Lawyer
Birthdate: May 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kapelle

 13 Sigrid Kaag

Sigrid Kaag
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: November 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rijswijk, Netherlands

 14 Wim Kok

Wim Kok
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Famous As: Politician, Trade unionist
Birthdate: September 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bergambacht

 15 Hugo de Jonge

Hugo de Jonge
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bruinisse, Netherlands

 16 Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Jeroen Dijsselbloem
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: March 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Eindhoven, Netherlands

 17 Johan van Oldenbarnevelt

Johan van Oldenbarnevelt
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: September 14, 1547
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amersfoort, Netherlands
Died: May 13, 1619

 18 Ruud Lubbers

Ruud Lubbers
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Diplomat, Entrepreneur, University teacher
Birthdate: May 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotterdam

 19 Femke Halsema

Femke Halsema
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands

 20 Jan Pieterszoon Coen

Jan Pieterszoon Coen
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Famous As: Governor-General
Birthdate: January 8, 1587
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoorn, Netherlands
Died: September 21, 1629

 21 Kajsa Ollongren

Kajsa Ollongren
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands

 22 Karel Doorman

Karel Doorman
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Famous As: Naval Officer
Birthdate: April 23, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: February 28, 1942

 23 Ancilla van de Leest

Ancilla van de Leest
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Famous As: Politician, Fetish model
Birthdate: July 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

 24 Piet Pieterszoon Hein

Piet Pieterszoon Hein
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: November 25, 1577
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delfshaven, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: June 18, 1629

 25 Herman Willem Daendels

Herman Willem Daendels
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 21, 1762
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hattem, Netherlands
Died: May 2, 1818

 26 Sylvana Simons

Sylvana Simons
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Famous As: Politician, Actress
Birthdate: January 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paramaribo, Suriname

 27 Dries van Agt

Dries van Agt
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: February 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geldrop, Netherlands

 28 Maarten Tromp

Maarten Tromp
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: April 23, 1598
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Breille, Netherlands
Died: August 10, 1653

 29 Joop den Uyl

Joop den Uyl
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 9, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hilversum, Netherlands
Died: December 24, 1987

 30 Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Jurist, University teacher, Lawyer
Birthdate: April 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amsterdam

 31 Neelie Kroes

Neelie Kroes
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: July 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotterdam

 32 Frits Bolkestein

Frits Bolkestein
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 4, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 33 Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Heerlen, Netherlands

 34 Lodewijk Asscher

Lodewijk Asscher
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 35 Femke Merel van Kooten

Femke Merel van Kooten
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Huizen, Netherlands

 36 Marianne Thieme

Marianne Thieme
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Famous As: Politician, Animal rights activist
Birthdate: March 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ede, Netherlands

 37 Henk Sneevliet

Henk Sneevliet
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 13, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: April 13, 1942

 38 Evelyn Wever-Croes

Evelyn Wever-Croes
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands

 39 Ferdinand Grapperhaus

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 40 Lilian Marijnissen

Lilian Marijnissen
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oss, Netherlands

 41 Carola Schouten

Carola Schouten
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

 42 Gaius Julius Civilis

Gaius Julius Civilis
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: October 31, 0025
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Unknown

 43 Willem Drees

Willem Drees
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 5, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: May 14, 1988

 44 Rita Verdonk

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

 45 Johan Rudolf Thorbecke

Johan Rudolf Thorbecke
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: January 14, 1798
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands
Died: June 4, 1872

 46 Job Cohen

Job Cohen
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands

 47 René of Chalon

René of Chalon
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: February 5, 1519
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands
Died: July 15, 1544

 48 Sophie in 't Veld

Sophie in 't Veld
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vollenhove, Netherlands

 49 Dirk Jan de Geer

Dirk Jan de Geer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 14, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Groningen, Netherlands
Died: November 27, 1960

 50 Lilianne Ploumen

Lilianne Ploumen
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maastricht, Netherlands