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
Nationality: Dutch
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, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch

 3 Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: October 27, 1466
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Dutch
Died: July 12, 1536

 4 Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte
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Famous As: Politician, Historian, Teacher, Pianist
Birthdate: February 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch

 5 Michiel de Ruyter

Michiel de Ruyter
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: March 24, 1607
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch
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.

 6 Pim Fortuyn

Pim Fortuyn
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch
Died: May 6, 2002

 7 Saint Boniface

Saint Boniface
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0672 AD
Nationality: Dutch
Died: June 5, 0754
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 8 Jan van Riebeeck

Jan van Riebeeck
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Famous As: Dutch Colonial Administrator
Birthdate: April 21, 1619
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch
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.

 9 Pier Gerlofs Donia

Pier Gerlofs Donia
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Nationality: Dutch
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. 

 10 Jan Peter Balkenende

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

 11 Wim Kok

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

 12 Johan van Oldenbarnevelt

Johan van Oldenbarnevelt
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: September 14, 1547
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch
Died: May 13, 1619

 13 Ruud Lubbers

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

 14 Jan Pieterszoon Coen

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

 15 Karel Doorman

Karel Doorman
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Famous As: Naval Officer
Birthdate: April 23, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch
Died: February 28, 1942

 16 Piet Pieterszoon Hein

Piet Pieterszoon Hein
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: November 25, 1577
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Dutch
Died: June 18, 1629

 17 Herman Willem Daendels

Herman Willem Daendels
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 21, 1762
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Dutch
Died: May 2, 1818

 18 Maarten Tromp

Maarten Tromp
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: April 23, 1598
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch
Died: August 10, 1653

 19 Neelie Kroes

Neelie Kroes
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: July 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Dutch

 20 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
Nationality: Dutch

 21 Willem Drees

Willem Drees
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Birthdate: July 5, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Dutch
Died: May 14, 1988

 22 Wim Duisenberg

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

 23 Henk Sneevliet

Henk Sneevliet
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 13, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch
Died: April 13, 1942

 24 Gaius Julius Civilis

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

 25 Johan Rudolf Thorbecke

Johan Rudolf Thorbecke
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: January 14, 1798
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Dutch
Died: June 4, 1872

 26 Cornelius Jansen

Cornelius Jansen
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: October 28, 1585
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Dutch
Died: May 6, 1638

 27 Dirk Jan de Geer

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

 28 Johannes van den Bosch

Johannes van den Bosch
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Famous As: Governor-General
Birthdate: February 2, 1780
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch
Died: January 28, 1844

 29 Joseph Luns

Joseph Luns
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 28, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch
Died: July 17, 2002

 30 Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy

Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 13, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch
Died: September 7, 1961

 31 Hendrikus Colijn

Hendrikus Colijn
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Dutch
Died: September 18, 1944

 32 Sicco Mansholt

Sicco Mansholt
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 13, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch
Died: June 29, 1995

 33 Geert Groote

Geert Groote
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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: September 30, 1340
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Dutch
Died: August 20, 1384

 34 Conrad Emil Lambert Helfrich

Conrad Emil Lambert Helfrich
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: October 11, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Dutch
Died: September 20, 1962

 35 Peter Schuyler

Peter Schuyler
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Birthdate: September 17, 1657
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch
Died: February 19, 1724

 36 Koos van den Berg

Koos van den Berg
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch
Died: April 21, 2020

 37 Pieter Both

Pieter Both
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Famous As: Governor-General
Birthdate: 1568 AD
Nationality: Dutch
Died: March 6, 1615

 38 Pieter Jelles Troelstra

Pieter Jelles Troelstra
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: April 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch
Died: May 12, 1930

 39 Dirk Stikker

Dirk Stikker
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch
Died: December 23, 1979

 40 J. B. van Heutsz

J. B. van Heutsz
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: February 3, 1851
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch
Died: July 11, 1924

 41 Pieter Cort van der Linden

Pieter Cort van der Linden
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 14, 1846
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Dutch
Died: July 15, 1935

 42 Philip de Montmorency, Count of Horn

Philip de Montmorency, Count of Horn
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: 1524 AD
Nationality: Dutch
Died: June 5, 1568

 43 Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer

Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 21, 1801
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Dutch
Died: May 19, 1876

 44 Conrad Theodor van Deventer

Conrad Theodor van Deventer
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 29, 1857
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Dutch
Died: September 27, 1915

 45 Cornelis Speelman

Cornelis Speelman
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Famous As: Governor-General
Birthdate: March 2, 1628
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Dutch
Died: January 11, 1684

 46 Godert van der Capellen

Godert van der Capellen
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: December 15, 1778
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Dutch
Died: April 10, 1848

 47 Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert

Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 1, 1522
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Dutch
Died: October 29, 1590

 48 Anthonie Heinsius

Anthonie Heinsius
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: November 23, 1641
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Dutch
Died: August 3, 1720

 49 Joan Maetsuycker

Joan Maetsuycker
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: October 14, 1606
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Dutch
Died: January 24, 1678

 50 Nicolaas Beets

Nicolaas Beets
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: September 13, 1814
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch
Died: March 13, 1903