Cecil John Rhodes (5 Julie 1853 - 26 Mairch 1902) wis a Breetish-born Sooth African businessman, minin magnate, an politeecian. He wis the founder o the diamond company De Beers, that markets 60% o the warld's roch diamonds the day an at ae time mairketed 90%. He wis a strang believer in colonialism an wis the founder o the state o Rhodesia, that wis cried aifter him.
Rhodes profited greatly frae ruthlessly controllin Southern Aifrica's naitural resoorces bi his uiss o Aifrican forced labor, an uised the proceeds tae fund the Rhodes Scholarship in pairt upon his death. Rhodes famously declared: "To think of these stars that you see overhead at night, these vast worlds which we can never reach. I would annex the planets if I could; I often think of that. It makes me sad to see them so clear and yet so far."
- Fyle, M. Introduction to the History of African Civilization: Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa- Vol. II. 2001. University Press of America