Time Person of the Year

Jeff Bezos

by ashash on November 30, 2017

Jeff Bezos – “Amazon.Com Goes Hollywood for the Holidays” at the Roosevelt Hotel on November 9, 2004 – Roosevelt Hotel – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Lee Roth / RothStock / PR Photos

Birth Name: Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen

Place of Birth: Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 12, 1964

Ethnicity: Danish, German, English, Irish, 1/16th Swedish, distant Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Jeff Bezoz is an American technology and retail entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, electrical engineer, and computer scientist. He is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of the world’s largest online shopping retailer, Amazon.com.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1999.

Jeff is the son of Jacklyn (Gise) and Theodore John Jorgensen. His stepfather, Miguel “Mike” Bezos, was Cuban. Jeff is married to novelist MacKenzie Bezos, with whom he has four children.

His maternal ancestors were settlers in Texas.

Jeff’s paternal grandfather was Theodore John “Ted” Jorgensen (the son of John Jorgensen and Ida Minnie Birn). Theodore was born in Illinois. John was born in Holbæk, Holbæk Municipality, Region Zealand, Denmark, the son of Jørgen Søren Mortensen and Mette Marie Pedersdatter. Ida was also born in Denmark, the daughter of Frederik Theodor August “Theodore” Birn and Ida Christine “Minnie” Andersdottor, who was Swedish.

Jeff’s paternal grandmother was Dolores Pollock (the daughter of Henry Dwight Pollock and Lillian Margaret DeWall). Dolores was born in Iowa. Henry was the son of Irish parents, Arthur Pollock and Lydia Nagle, who was from Cork. Lillian was the daughter of Hie “Heide” DeWall, who was German, and of Lena Cathryn Wolpert.

Jeff’s maternal grandfather was Lawrence Preston Gise (the son of Lloyd Preston Gise and Rebecca Mabel/Mable Hall). Lawrence was born in Texas. Lloyd was the son of Daniel Kerlin Gise and Adeline/Adaline A. “Addie” Kearns. Rebecca was the daughter of Thomas King Hall and Henrietta Trammell.

Jeff’s maternal grandmother was Mattie Louise Strait/Straight (the daughter of Yancy/Yancey Clarence Straight/Strait and Marie Vesper). Mattie was born in Texas. Yancy was the son of John Joseph Straight/Strait and Martha Eudora “Mattie” Kilgore. Marie was the daughter of Bernhardt Vesper and Frances Louise Bitter, who both had German ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Jeff Bezos – https://www.geni.com

Jeff’s paternal grandfather, Theodore John “Ted” Jorgensen, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Jeff’s paternal grandmother, Dolores Pollock, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jeff’s maternal great-grandfather, Lloyd Preston Gise – https://old.findagrave.com

Jeff’s maternal great-grandfather, Lloyd Preston Gise, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Jeff’s maternal grandmother, Mattie Louise Strait/Straight – https://old.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Jeff’s maternal grandmother, Mattie Louise Strait/Straight (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.ancestry.ca

Genealogy of Jeff’s maternal great-grandfather, Yancy/Yancey Clarence Straight/Strait (focusing on his own father’s side) – https://www.geni.com


Yitzhak Rabin

by follers on April 23, 2017

Date of Birth: 1 March, 1922

Place of Birth: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Date of Death: 4 November, 1995

Place of Death: Tel Aviv, Israel

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Yitzhak Rabin was an Israeli politician, statesman. and general. He served as Prime Minister of Israel, from 3 June, 1974 to 22 April, 1977, and again from 13 July, 1992 to 4 November, 1995, when he was assassinated. He was also Minister of Defense, from 13 September, 1984 to 15 March, 1990, and again from 13 July, 1992 to 4 November, 1995.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1994, with Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat.

“The Peacemakers” won Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1993. Yitzhak was one of four persons chosen to represent that title, along with Yasser Arafat, F. W. de Klerk, and Nelson Mandela.

Prime Minister Rabin was the son of Rosa (Cohen) and Nehemia Rubitzow/Rabin. His parents were Jewish emigrants from the Russian Empire, his father from Smidowitz and his mother from Mogilev, Belarus.

Prime Minister Rabin’s paternal grandparents were Menachem Rubitzow and Leah.

Prime Minister Rabin’s maternal grandfather was Yitzchak Kagan (the son of Hillel Gilel/Gil’ka Hacohen/Kagan/Kagana and Rivka Verhaftig-Lubliner). Hillel was the son of Mordechai Cohen/Cagan. Rivka was the daughter of Iankel’ Verhaftig.

Prime Minister Rabin’s maternal grandmother was Sheina Rachel Baruchin (the daughter of Szewel Baruchin and Golda Zylberblat). Szewel was the son of Moszka/Mowsza Aaron Baruchin. Golda was the daughter of Mejer Elja Zylberblat.

Source: Genealogy of Yitzhak Rabin – https://www.geni.com

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Chiang Kai-shek

by Manila on August 14, 2016

Birth Name: Jiang Ruiyuan

Date of Birth: October 31, 1887

Place of Birth: Fenghua, Zhejiang, China

Date of Birth: April 5, 1975

Place of Death: Taipei, Taiwan

Ethnicity: Han Chinese

Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese political and military leader. He served as the leader of the Republic of China, from 1928 to 1948, holding several different positions: Chairman of the Nationalist Government of China, from October 10, 1928 to December 15, 1931, and again from August 1, 1943 to May 20, 1948, Premier of the Republic of China, Chairman of the National Military Council, from December 15, 1931 to May 31, 1946, Director-General of the Kuomintang, from March 29, 1938 to April 5, 1975, and President of the Republic of China, from May 20, 1948 to January 21, 1949, and again from March 1, 1950 to April 5, 1975.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1937, with his wife, Soong Mei-ling.

His parents, Jiang Zhaocong and Wang Caiyu, were salt merchants. He was married to Mao Fumei, Yao Yecheng, Chen Jieru, and Soong Mei-ling, and had three children.

Chiang’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his thirteenth great-grandfather, Jiang Shi-jie.

Chiang’s paternal grandparents were Chiang Si-qian (the son of Chiang Qi-zeng, also known as Jiang Qizeng, and of Jiang Zhang-shi) and Jiang Xu-shi. Chiang Qi-zeng was the son of Jiang Ji-quan and Jiang Zhu-shi.

Chiang’s maternal grandfather was Wang You-ze.

Source: Genealogy of Chiang Kai-shek – https://www.geni.com


Winston Churchill

by madman on March 27, 2016

Birth Name: Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

Date of Birth: 30 November, 1874

Place of Birth: Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England

Date of Death: 24 January, 1965

Place of Death: London, England

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, small amounts of Welsh, French Huguenot, Ulster-Scots, Irish, remote French

Winston Churchill was a British politician, writer, historian, and artist. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 10 May, 1940 to 26 July, 1945, and again from 26 October, 1951 to 6 April, 1955. He was also Chancellor of the Exchequer, from 6 November, 1924 to 4 June, 1929, Minister of Defence, from 10 May, 1940 to 26 July, 1945, and again from 28 October, 1951 to 1 March, 1952, Leader of the Conservative Party, from 9 November, 1940 to 6 April, 1955, and Leader of the Opposition, from 26 July, 1945 to 26 October, 1951, among other duties. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1940 and 1949.

Prime Minister Churchill was the son of Lady Randolph Churchill (born Jeanette Jerome), a socialite, and Lord Randolph Churchill (Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill), a statesman. His father was English, from Belgravia, London. His mother was American, from Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He was married to Clementine Churchill (born Clementine Ogilvy Hozier), a life peer, with whom he had five children.

Prime Minister Churchill is sometimes described on the internet as having had Jewish ancestry from his mother’s side, usually from her surname, Jerome. This is not accurate. The Jerome family of his mother was not of Jewish heritage. Prime Minister Churchill is also said to have had some degree of Native American ancestry from his maternal grandmother’s side, usually from her own grandmother, Anna/Anne Baker. It is not clear if his Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Prime Minister Churchill’s paternal grandfather was John Winston Spencer-Churchill (the son of George Spencer-Churchill and Jane Stewart). John was born in Garboldisham Hall, Norfolk, England. George was the son of George Spencer-Churchill and Susan Stewart. Jane was the daughter of George Stewart and Jane Bailey Paget. Prime Minister Churchill’s great-grandparents George and Jane were first cousins, as George’s mother and Jane’s father were siblings. The Stewart siblings had a Scottish father and an English mother.

Prime Minister Churchill’s paternal grandmother was Frances Anne Emily Vane (the daughter of Charles William Stewart and Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest). Prime Minister Churchill’s grandmother Frances was born in St. James’s Square, London, England. Charles was the son of Robert Stewart and Frances Pratt. Prime Minister Churchill’s great-grandmother Frances was the daughter of Henry Vane and Anne/Ann Catherine/Katherine MacDonnell.

Prime Minister Churchill’s maternal grandfather was Leonard Walter Jerome (the son of Isaac Jerome and Aurora Murray). Prime Minister Churchill’s grandfather Leonard was born in New York, U.S. Isaac was the son of Aaron Jerome and Elizabeth “Betsey”/”Betsy” Ball. Aurora was the daughter of Reuben Murray and Sarah Guthrie.

Prime Minister Churchill’s maternal grandmother was Clarissa “Clara” Hall (the daughter of Ambrose Hall and Clarissa Wilcox). Prime Minister Churchill’s grandmother Clarissa was born in New York, U.S. Ambrose was the son of Ambrose Hall and Mehitable Beach. Prime Minister Churchill’s great-grandmother Clarissa was the daughter of David Wilcox and Anna/Anne Baker, who was Canadian, born in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Prime Minister Churchill’s father was a brother of Georgiana Elizabeth (Spencer-Churchill) Curzon, Countess Howe, Georgiana’s son, Francis Curzon, was a naval officer, Member of Parliament, and motor racing driver; Francis was a great-great-grandfather of actress Dafne Keen. This makes Prime Minister Churchill and Dafne first cousins, four times removed. Through his Spencer-Churchill line, the Prime Minister was also a first cousin, three times removed, of model and actress Cressida Bonas.

Sources: Genealogies of Prime Minister Winston Churchill – https://www.geni.com

Information about Prime Minister Churchill’s genealogy, by his grandson Winston S. Churchill – https://www.winstonchurchill.org

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Faisal of Saudi Arabia

by Manila on January 4, 2016

Birth Name: Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Date of Birth: April 14, 1906

Place of Birth: Riyadh, Emirate of Riyadh (now Saudi Arabia)

Date of Death: March 25, 1975

Place of Death: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ethnicity: Arab

Faisal was King of Saudi Arabia, and its Prime Minister, from November 2, 1964 until his death on March 25, 1975. He was the son of Ibn Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, and Tarfa bint Abdullah bin Abdulateef Al Sheikh. He succeeded his half-brother Saud of Saudi Arabia, upon his death. He was succeeded by his half-brother Khalid of Saudi Arabia upon his death.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1974.

Faisal was married four times, and had many children.

Faisal’s paternal grandfather was Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al Saud (the son of Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud and Sarah bint Mishari bin Abdulrahman bin Hassan Al Saud). Faisal was the son of Turki bin Abdullah bin Muhammad and Hia bint Hamad bin Ali Al Faqih Angari Tamimi. Faisal’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Mishari ibn Abdul-Rahman.

Faisal’s paternal grandmother was Sarah bint Ahmed Al Kabir bin Mohammed Al Sudairi (the daughter of Ahmed Al Kabir bin Mohammed bin Turki Al Sudairi). Ahmed was the son of Mohammed bin Turki bin Suleiman Al Sudairi.

Faisal’s maternal grandfather was Wadhah bint Muhammad bin ‘Aqab (the son of Abdullah bin Abdulateef Al Sheikh). Abdullah was the son of Abdulateef Al Sheikh.

Sources: Genealogies of Faisal of Saudi Arabia – http://www.geni.com