Cecil Rhodes


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Cecil John Rhodes (5 July 1853 – 26 March 1902) was an English-born South African businessman, mining magnate, and politician. He was the founder of the diamond company De Beers, which today markets 40% of the world's rough diamonds and at one time marketed 90%. An ardent believer in British colonialism, he was the founder of the state of Rhodesia, which was named after him. In 1964, Northern ... more »

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  • ''So little done, so much to do.''
    Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902), British imperialist, business magnate. Quoted in Lewis Michell, Life of Rhodes, vol. 2, ch. 39 (1910). Attributed to him...
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