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List of famous merchants, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top merchants in the world? This includes the most prominent merchants, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable merchants is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic merchants were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned merchants.

Items include everything from Moses Alexander to Julius L. Meier.

From reputable, prominent, and well known merchants to the lesser known merchants of today, these are some of the best professionals in the merchant field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous merchants ever?" and "What are the names of famous merchants?" then you're in the right place. 
Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Merchants
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Muhammad, full name Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim, from Mecca, unified Arabia into a single religious polity under Islam. Believed by Muslims and Bahá'ís to be a prophet and messenger of God, Muhammad is almost universally considered by Muslims as the last ...more

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Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Profession: Merchant, Prophet

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#6 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Merchants
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Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde, a book that introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned the mercantile trade from his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, who travelled through Asia, and met Kublai Khan. In ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1254-1324)

Birthplace: Republic of Venice

Profession: Merchant, Explorer

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#69 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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William Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Merchants
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William Jackson was a figure in the American Revolution, most noteworthy as the secretary to the United States Constitutional Convention. He also served with distinction in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. After the war he served as one of President George Washington's personal ...more

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Age: Died at 69 (1759-1828)

Birthplace: Cumberland, United Kingdom

Profession: Merchant, Military Officer, Lawyer

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#32 on The Best American Founding Fathers

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John Woolman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Merchants
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John Woolman was a North American merchant, tailor, journalist, and itinerant Quaker preacher, and an early abolitionist in the colonial era. Based in Mount Holly, New Jersey, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he traveled through frontier areas of British North America to preach Quaker beliefs, and ...more

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Age: Died at 52 (1720-1772)

Birthplace: Burlington, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Merchant, Journalist, Tailor, Writer

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John Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Merchants
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John Fox was an American mechanic, merchant and politician from New York. ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1835-1914)

Birthplace: Fredericton, Canada

Profession: Merchant, Businessperson, Politician, Mechanic

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Henry Laurens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Merchants
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Henry Laurens was an American merchant and rice planter from South Carolina who became a political leader during the Revolutionary War. A delegate to the Second Continental Congress, Laurens succeeded John Hancock as President of the Congress. He was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation and ...more

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Age: Died at 68 (1724-1792)

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Merchant, Politician

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James Underwood


James Underwood was a British-Australian shipbuilder, distiller and merchant. ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1771-1844)

Birthplace: Bermondsey, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Distiller, Shipwright, Merchant, Businessperson Sailor, + more

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Isaac Allerton, Jr. was a colonel, merchant, and trader in colonial America. He was first in business with his father in New England, and after his father's death, in Virginia. He was a burgess for Northumberland County and a councilor of Virginia. ...more

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Age: Died at 75 (1627-1702)

Birthplace: Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Merchant

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