Famous Dutch Men

They say that a man's greatness outlives him and rightly so! Netherland's history is pregnant with extraordinary feats of exceptional Dutchmen who have redefined the way the world works. We laud Germans for their technology, adore the Swedes for the design, envy Italians for their fashion, and drool over French for their food. But when it comes to the Dutch, we cannot just stop at one single trait. From their quintessential humor to their strong sense of accountability, several things define a true Dutch. But above all, a Dutch is known for his ingenuity. No wonder, some of the world's greatest inventions have originated in Netherlands. From telescope to fire hose and from electrocardiograph to chocolate bar, the Dutch has pioneered some of world's greatest inventions. Listed below are famous Dutch men whose contribution and achievements have earned them exceptionally influential place in the world arena today. Let us explore the timeline, trivia, timeline and interesting facts and study the biographies of the Dutch men who matter.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
Died: July 29, 1890

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter and is said to be one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. However, he was not commercially successful in his lifetime and died by suicide at 37 after years of mental health issues and poverty. He gained recognition and respect in the 20th century.

 2 Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: January 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nijmegen
Died: October 6, 2020

Eddie Van Halen was an American songwriter and guitarist. The co-founder of the popular rock band Van Halen, Eddie is widely considered one of the greatest guitar players in the history of rock music. He is credited with popularizing the tapping technique, which is now used extensively by guitarists all over the world.

 3 Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: September 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hasselt, Flanders, Belgium
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 4 Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 24, 2016
Dutch midfielder/forward Johan Cruyff pioneered the idea of Total Football, along with coach Rinus Michels. The first three-time Ballon d'Or-winner was known for his signature move, the Cruyff Turn. He made it to FIFA 100 and ranked second only to Pele in an official World Player of the Century poll.

 5 Rembrandt

Rembrandt
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 15, 1606
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: October 4, 1669

Rembrandt was a Dutch printmaker, painter, and draughtsman. A master in three major art media, Rembrandt is widely considered the most important visual artist in Dutch art history and one of the greatest of all time. He is also considered the greatest etcher in the history of printmaking. His life and work inspired several films, including the 1936 movie Rembrandt.

 6 Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Burgundian Netherlands
Died: August 9, 1516
Hieronymus Bosch was a Dutch painter and a significant figure of the Early Netherlandish painting school. Most of his works are made of oil on oak wood and consist of religious themes and dark depictions of Hell. One of his notable works is The Garden of Earthly Delights.

 7 Baruch Spinoza

Baruch Spinoza
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Famous As: Dutch philosopher
Birthdate: November 24, 1632
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Dutch Republic
Died: February 21, 1677
Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza is best remembered for his rationalist ideas and his posthumously released book Ethics. He opposed Rene Descartes’s ideas and believed that God was an abstract entity. He was later expelled from the Jewish society, while his books were banned by the Catholic Church.
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 8 Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 30, 1632
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Delft, Netherlands
Died: November 30, 1675

Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter renowned for his use of light in paintings. Although he did not achieve fame during his lifetime, Vermeer's works gained popularity in the 19th century. Today, Vermeer is often counted among the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Over the years, Vermeer's work has inspired artists like Wilhelm Hammershoi and Thomas Wilmer Dewing.

 9 Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 29, 1872
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amersfoort, Netherlands
Died: January 31, 1944

Dutch painter Piet Mondrian is remembered for pioneering what is known as 20th-century abstract art. He co-founded the De Stijl art movement with Theo van Doesburg and gave rise to Neoplasticism. His art was influenced by Cubism. Many of his paintings consist of geometric shapes in particular sets of colors.

 10 Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moordrecht, Netherlands

 11 Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben
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Famous As: Dutch Footballer
Birthdate: January 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bedum, Netherlands

Widely considered one of the best Dutch soccer players of all time, Arjen Robben is known for his long-range shots, ball control, speed, and dribbling skills. He helped his national team reach the finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which they lost to Spain.

 12 Ruud Gullit

Ruud Gullit
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ruud Gullit is a Dutch former football player. Considered one of the greatest players in the history of football, Gullit was known for his versatility as he could play as an attacking midfielder, forward, or midfielder. During the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship, he led his national team to its first title.

 13 Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix
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Famous As: DJ, Record Producer, Musician
Birthdate: May 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amstelveen, North Holland, Netherlands

Dutch DJ and record producer Martin Garrix has been ranked No.1 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list. He decided to become a DJ when he was a child, and at the age of 17, he became the youngest DJ to headline the 2014 Ultra Music Festival. He has performed at many music festivals including Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival.

 14 Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

 15 Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman
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Famous As: Football Manager, Former Player
Birthdate: March 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zaandam

Dutch formerfootball  player Ronald Koeman was one of the stars of the Netherlands national team during his playing days. After his retirement, he became a professional football manager and is currently the head coach of La Liga club Barcelona. Tremendously successful as a head coach, he was made the manager of Barcelona in 2020.

 16 Dennis Bergkamp

Dennis Bergkamp
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam

 17 Michiel Huisman

Michiel Huisman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amstelveen, Netherlands

 18 Marco van Basten

Marco van Basten
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Famous As: Former Dutch Football Star
Birthdate: October 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Dutch footballer Marco van Basten is known for his successful stints at Ajax and Milan and won the Champions League thrice with the latter. However, an ankle injury cut his career short. The three-time Ballon d'Or winner later took over as the manager of Ajax and the Dutch national team.

 19 Gegard Mousasi

Gegard Mousasi
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: August 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Gegard Mousasi, also known as “The Dreamcatcher,” was an amateur boxer and kickboxer before he soared to fame as a mixed martial artist. He now competes for Bellator MMA and is a two-time Bellator middleweight world champion. He has also previously been the DREAM light heavyweight and middleweight champion.

 20 Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: August 12, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leiderdorp

Dutch footballer Matthijs de Ligt currently plays for Serie A club Juventus and the Netherlands national team as a center-back. Making his debut in 2016, he became the youngest player ever to play in a major European final the following year. Football pundits consider him to among the most highly regarded young prospects in world football.

 21 Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: October 24, 1632
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Delft, Netherlands
Died: August 26, 1723

Seventeenth-century Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, also known as the Father of Microbiology, is remembered as a pioneer of microscopy. His contribution to microbiology included the discovery of spermatozoa, bacteria, and muscle fibers. Though he had not authored any book, his letters to the Royal Society were later published.

 22 Rutger Hauer

Rutger Hauer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Breukelen, Netherlands
Died: July 19, 2019
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 23 Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: October 27, 1466
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: July 12, 1536

Born as an illegitimate child of a priest from Rotterdam, Desiderius Erasmus later grew up to be a significant figure of the northern Renaissance. He is remembered for his research on free will and for being the first to edit the New Testament, replacing traditional elements with new-age humanism.

 24 Wim Hof

Wim Hof
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands

 25 M. C. Escher

M. C. Escher
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Famous As: Graphic artist
Birthdate: June 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Died: March 27, 1972
Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher is remembered for his woodcuts, mezzotints, and lithographs inspired by mathematics. He did not receive much appreciation till he turned 70, when he had his first retrospective exhibition. His notable works include Relativity and Waterfall. He also drew inspiration from nature and cityscapes.

 26 King Willem-Alexander

King Willem-Alexander
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Famous As: King of the Netherlands
Birthdate: April 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
Willem-Alexander, son of Beatrix of the Netherlands and German-born diplomat Claus van Amsberg, took over as the king of the Netherlands after his mother’s abdication. He has served the Royal Netherlands Navy and been a member of the International Olympic Committee. His interests include sports and water management.

 27 Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

 28 Frenkie de Jong

Frenkie de Jong
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gorinchem, Netherlands

 29 Alex van Halen

Alex van Halen
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alex Van Halen is an American musician known for his drumming skills. He is credited with co-founding the now-defunct band, Van Halen. The band's self-titled debut album influenced several musicians in hard rock at the time of its release in 1978. Alex is also credited with coining the term brown sound, which was usually associated with his late-brother Eddie's guitar.

 30 Patrick Kluivert

Patrick Kluivert
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam

 31 Otto Frank

Otto Frank
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Famous As: Father of Anne Frank
Birthdate: May 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Province of Hesse-Nassau
Died: August 19, 1980
Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, published her journal, detailing her experience during the Holocaust, as The Diary of a Young Girl, after her death. Otto was the only person in his family to survive the Holocaust. A former banker, he had also served in the German army.

 32 Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: July 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 33 Edwin van der Sar

Edwin van der Sar
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Voorhout, Netherlands

 34 André Rieu

André Rieu
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Famous As: Conductor, Composer
Birthdate: October 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maastricht

 35 Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Pieter Bruegel the Elder
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Breda or nearby, Duchy of Brabant, Habsburg Netherlands (modern-day Netherlands)
Died: September 9, 1569
Sixteenth-century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder is remembered for his depiction of peasants through his paintings. His origins remain elusive, though most of his paintings carried his signature, which made it easy for researchers to trace the evolution of his art. Both his sons, too, became painters.

 36 Aleister Black

Aleister Black
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: May 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alkmaar, Netherlands

 37 Badr Hari

Badr Hari
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Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: December 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Moroccan-Dutch kickboxer Badr Hari, also known as Bad Boy and The Golden Boy, has won the K-1 Heavyweight and Showtime Heavyweight championships. He represented the Netherlands until his loss to Stefan Leko, after which he began playing for Morocco, due to aggressive criticism from his Dutch fans.

 38 Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Arie Luyendyk Jr.
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Famous As: Auto Racing Driver
Birthdate: September 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Born in the Netherlands, to 2-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk, Arie Luyendyk Jr. moved to the US with his family at age 3. He followed in his father’s footsteps to enter the arena of auto racing. He later gained fame with his appearance on The Bachelorette and his romance with Lauren Burnham.

 39 Tahith Chong

Tahith Chong
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 4, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Willemstad, Curaçao
Though born to a Curaçao-based footballer, Dutch footballer Tahith Chong had never watched football before the 2006 World Cup. He left for the Netherlands to train at 8 and never looked back. The Manchester United winger, who is currently on loan with Club Brugge, is of African and Chinese descent. 

 40 Ryan Babel

Ryan Babel
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam

 41 Armin van Buuren

Armin van Buuren
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Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: December 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden

Armin van Buuren is a Dutch record producer and DJ. He is best known for hosting a weekly radio show called A State of Trance (ASOT), which is broadcast in 84 countries to nearly 40 million listeners on over 100 FM radio stations. Armin has been named by DJ Mag as the number one DJ on a record five occasions.

 42 Klaas Jan Huntelaar

Klaas Jan Huntelaar
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Bronckhorst

 43 Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1390 AD
Birthplace: Maaseik, Belgium
Died: July 9, 1441

Jan van Eyck was a painter best remembered for his Early Northern Renaissance art. He was one of the early innovators of Early Netherlandish painting and one of the most significant painters of his generation. A highly influential painter, Jan van Eyck's style and techniques were adopted by the Early Netherlandish painters.

 44 Guido van Rossum

Guido van Rossum
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Famous As: Programmer
Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Netherlands
Dutch programmer Guido van Rossum is known as the inventor of the Python programming language. He has also worked with Google and Dropbox earlier. In November 2020, he announced he announced his decision to join the Developer Division of Microsoft. He has won several honors, such as the NLUUG Award.

 45 Christiaan Huygens

Christiaan Huygens
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Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist
Birthdate: April 14, 1629
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: July 8, 1695

From proposing the wave theory of light to discovering the actual shape of the rings of Saturn and inventing the pendulum clock, Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens had contributed a lot to science. Born to a diplomat, Huygens had the privilege of an elite education but remain sickly throughout his life.

 46 Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Varsseveld

 47 Martyn LeNoble

Martyn LeNoble
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: April 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vlaardingen, Netherlands

 48 Carel Struycken

Carel Struycken
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Dutch actor Carel Struycken is best known as Lurch from The Addams Family film franchise, Mr. Homn from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the Giant/Fireman from Twin Peaks. His extraordinary 7-foot frame and distinctive features are due to acromegaly. A skilled photographer, he also manages a photography site.

 49 Bas Rutten

Bas Rutten
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tilburg, Netherlands

 50 Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amsterdam