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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.

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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 prophet sent by God to mankind. While non-Muslims generally regard Muhammad as the founder of Islam, Muslims consider him to have restored the unaltered original monotheistic faith of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets in Islam. Born approximately in 570 CE in the Arabian city of Mecca, Muhammad was orphaned at an early age; he was raised under the care of his paternal uncle Abu Talib. ...more

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#39 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#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 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time. The three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years to find Venice at war with Genoa; Marco was imprisoned and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in 1299, became a wealthy merchant, married, and had three children. He died in 1324 and was buried in the church of San Lorenzo in Venice. Marco ...more

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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 secretaries. ...more

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#31 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 advocate against slavery and the slave trade, cruelty to animals, economic injustices and oppression, and conscription. From 1755 during the French and Indian War, he urged tax resistance to deny support to the military. In 1772, Woolman traveled to England, where he urged Quakers to support abolition of slavery. Woolman published numerous essays, especially against slavery. He kept a journal ...more

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