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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
Muhammad (Arabic: مُحمّد‎, pronounced [muħammad]; c. 570 CE – 8 June 632 CE) was an Arab religious, social and political leader and the founder of Islam. According to Islamic doctrine, he was a ...more

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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Merchants
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 ...more

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William Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Merchants
William Jackson (March 9, 1759 – December 17, 1828) was a figure in the American Revolution, most noteworthy as the secretary to the United States Constitutional Convention. He also served with ...more
John Woolman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Woolman (October 19, 1720 (O.S.)/October 30, 1720 (N.S.)– October 7, 1772) was a North American merchant, tailor, journalist, and itinerant Quaker preacher, and an early abolitionist in the ...more
John Fox is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Fox (June 30, 1835 – January 17, 1914) was an American mechanic, merchant and politician from New York.
Henry Laurens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Henry Laurens (March 6, 1724 [O.S. February 24, 1723] – December 8, 1792) was an American merchant, slave trader, and rice planter from South Carolina who became a political leader during the ...more
James Underwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Merchants
James Underwood
James Underwood was a British-Australian shipbuilder, distiller and merchant.
Isaac Allerton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Col. Isaac Allerton Jr. (ca. 1627 / 1630 – December 30, 1702) was a colonel, planter, politician, merchant, and trader in colonial America. He was first in business with his father in New ...more
William A. Clark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Merchants
William Andrews Clark Sr. (January 8, 1839 – March 2, 1925) was an American politician and entrepreneur, involved with mining, banking, and railroads.
Lawrence Brainerd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Lawrence Brainerd (March 16, 1794 – May 9, 1870) was a businessman, abolitionist and United States Senator from Vermont. He was the father of Ann Eliza Brainerd Smith and the father-in-law of ...more
John Jacob Astor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Jacob Astor (born Johann Jakob Astor; July 17, 1763 – March 29, 1848) was a German–American businessman, merchant, real estate mogul and investor who mainly made his fortune in fur trade ...more
Giosafat Barbaro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Giosafat Barbaro
Giosafat Barbaro (also Giosaphat or Josaphat) (1413–1494) was a member of the Venetian Barbaro family. He was a diplomat, merchant, explorer and travel writer. He was unusually well-travelled ...more
Samuel Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Samuel Smith (July 27, 1752 – April 22, 1839) was a United States Senator and Representative from Maryland, a mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, and a general in the Maryland militia. He was the ...more
Amerigo Vespucci is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Amerigo Vespucci (; Italian: [ameˈriːɡo veˈsputtʃi]; March 9, 1454 – February 22, 1512) was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator, and cartographer who was born in the Republic of Florence. ...more

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William Cooley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Merchants
William Cooley (1783–1863) was one of the first American settlers, and a regional leader, in what is now known as Broward County in the state of Florida. His family was killed by Seminoles in ...more
Thomas Mifflin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Thomas Mifflin (January 10, 1744 – January 20, 1800) was an American merchant, soldier, and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served in a variety of roles during and after the ...more
Siyyid `Alí Muḥam... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Merchants
The Báb, born Siyyid `Alí Muhammad Shírází (; Persian: سيد علی ‌محمد شیرازی‎; October 20, 1819 – July 9, 1850) was the founder of Bábism, and one of the ...more
John Bell Hood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Bell Hood (June 1 or June 29, 1831 – August 30, 1879) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War. Hood had a reputation for bravery and aggressiveness that sometimes bordered ...more
John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Merchants
John Lynch (February 18, 1825 – July 21, 1892) was a nineteenth-century politician, merchant, manufacturer and newspaper publisher from Maine. Born in Portland, Maine, Lynch attended public ...more
Christopher William Bunt... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Christopher William Bunting (September 1, 1837 – January 14, 1896) was an Irish-born politician, merchant, newspaper owner and newspaper publisher. Born in Amigan, Limerick, Ireland, he was the ...more
Steven Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Steven Spurrier (born 1941) is a British wine expert and former merchant who has been described as a champion of French wine. Spurrier organized the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, which ...more
Collis Potter Huntington... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Collis Potter Huntington (October 22, 1821 – August 13, 1900) was one of the Big Four of western railroading (along with Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker) who invested in ...more
David R. Francis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Merchants
David Rowland Francis (October 1, 1850 – January 15, 1927) was an American politician and diplomat. He served in various positions including Mayor of St. Louis, the 27th Governor of Missouri, ...more
William Albert Boucher ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Merchants
William Albert Boucher (born November 12, 1889 in St. Louis, Northwest Territories-died June 23, 1976) was a Métis politician, farmer and merchant. He was born in St. Louis in what is now ...more
Richard Waldron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Merchants
Richard Waldron (1694-1753) was a major opponent of the Wentworth oligarchy in colonial New Hampshire. He supported a continued political subordination of New Hampshire to Massachusetts and ...more