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List of famous pirates, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top pirates in the world? This includes the most prominent pirates, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable pirates is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic pirates 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 pirates.

Examples of people on this list: Cheung Po Tsai, Bartholomew Roberts and many more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known pirates to the lesser known pirates of today, these are some of the best professionals in the pirate field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous pirates ever?" and "What are the names of famous pirates?" then you're in the right place. (200 items)
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. Although little is known about his ...more
Paul Watson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Paul Franklin Watson is a Canadian environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a direct action group focused on marine conservation. The Toronto native joined a ...more
Bartholomew Roberts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Bartholomew Roberts, born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate who raided ships off the Americas and West Africa between 1719 and 1722. He was the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, ...more
Henry Every is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Henry Every, also Evory or Avery, sometimes erroneously given as John Avery, was an English pirate who operated in the Atlantic and Indian oceans in the mid-1690s. He likely used several aliases ...more
Francis Drake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Sir Francis Drake, vice admiral was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a ...more
William Dampier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Pirates
William Dampier was the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. He has also been described as Australia's ...more
Charles Vane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Charles Vane was an English pirate who preyed upon English and French shipping. His pirate career lasted from 1716 to 1719. His flagship was a brigantine named the Ranger. Vane was among the ...more
Anne Bonny is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Anne Bonny was an Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean. What little is known of her life comes largely from Charles Johnson's A General History of the Pyrates.
Cheung Po Tsai is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Cheung Po Tsai was a 19th-century Chinese pirate. He was also known as Cheung Po/Chang Pao/Zhang Bao. Several places in Hong Kong are linked to Cheung Po Tsai: Cheung Po Tsai Cave, on Cheung ...more
Thomas Tew is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Thomas Tew, also known as the Rhode Island Pirate, was a 17th-century English privateer-turned-pirate. Although he embarked on only two major piratical voyages, and met a bloody death on the ...more
Edward England is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Edward England, born Edward Seegar was a famous African coast and Indian Ocean pirate captain from 1717 to 1720. The ships he sailed on included the Pearl and later the Fancy, for which England ...more
Ching Shih is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Ching Shih, also known as Cheng I Sao, was a prominent pirate in Qing China who terrorized the South China Sea in the early 19th century. She commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000-40,000 ...more
Ingela Gathenhielm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Ingela Olofsdotter Gathenhielm née Hammar, was a Swedish privateer in service of King Charles XII of Sweden during the Great Northern War.
Robert Culliford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Robert Culliford was an English pirate from Cornwall who is best remembered for repeatedly checking the designs of Captain William Kidd.
Dirk Chivers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Dirk Chivers was a Dutch pirate active in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean during the 1690s.
Emanuel Wynn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Emanuel Wynn was a French pirate of the 18th century, and is often considered the first pirate to fly the Jolly Roger. His design incorporated an hourglass beneath the bones to represent that ...more
Stede Bonnet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Stede Bonnet was an early 18th-century Barbadian pirate, sometimes called "The Gentleman Pirate" because he was a moderately wealthy landowner before turning to a life of crime. Bonnet ...more
Stenka Razin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Stepan Timofeyevich Razin, a Cossack leader, headed a major uprising against the nobility and tsarist bureaucracy in southern Russia.
Jean Bart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Jean Bart was a French naval commander and privateer.
Guillaume Le Testu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Guillaume Le Testu, sometimes referred to as Guillaume Le Têtu was a French privateer, explorer and navigator. He was one of the foremost cartographers of his time and an author of the ...more
Nathaniel Gordon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Nathaniel Gordon was the only American slave trader to be tried, convicted, and executed "for being engaged in the Slave Trade," under the Piracy Law of 1820.
Kristoffer Throndsen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Kristoffer Throndsen, posthumously also with the family name Rustung, was a squire, admiral, feudal overlord in Norway and Denmark, privateer captain and pirate. Kristoffer served Archbishop ...more
Jean Fleury is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Jean Fleury was a 16th-century French naval officer and privateer. He is best known for the capture of two out of the three Spanish galleons carrying the Aztec treasure from Mexico to Spain in ...more
Thomas Cavendish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Sir Thomas Cavendish was an English explorer and a privateer known as "The Navigator" because he was the first who deliberately tried to emulate Sir Francis Drake and raid the Spanish ...more
Hippolyte Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Pirates
Hippolyte Bouchard, or Hipólito Bouchard, was a French Argentine sailor, pirate and corsair who fought for Argentina, Chile, and Peru. During his first campaign as an Argentine corsair he ...more