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Le plus grand belge (French for the The Greatest Belgian), was a television show on the Belgian French-speaking public channel RTBF. In the program the audience could vote for the greatest Belgian by using the website, sending an SMS or using the telephone. In total several hundred thousands votes were cast. A separate vote "De Grootste Belg" by the Belgian Dutch-speaking public channel VRT was held around the same time, producing a strikingly different result, according to many illustrating the lack of a common cultural background for the two largest communities of this country.

Top 10

  1. Jacques Brel
  2. King Baudouin I
  3. Father Damien
  4. Eddy Merckx
  5. Sœur Emmanuelle
  6. José van Dam
  7. Benoît Poelvoorde
  8. Hergé
  9. René Magritte
  10. Georges Simenon

11 to 100

11) Paul-Henri Spaak

12) Albert I of Belgium

13) Leopold II of Belgium

14) Justine Henin

15) Ernest Solvay

16) Victor Horta

17) Godfrey of Bouillon

18) André Franquin

19) Andreas Vesalius

20) Adolphe Sax

21) Peter Paul Rubens

22) Philippe Geluck

23) Zénobe Gramme

24) Raymond Goethals

25) Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

26) Annie Cordy

27) Marguerite Yourcenar

28) Amélie Nothomb

29) Dirk Frimout

30) André Ernest Modeste Grétry

31) Jacky Ickx

32) Luc Varenne

33) Peyo

34) Salvatore Adamo

35) Maurice Grevisse

36) Albert II of Belgium

37) Jules Bordet

38) Leopold I of Belgium

39) Stéphane Steeman

40) Eugène Saye

41) John Cockerill

42) Maurane

43) Émilie Dequenne

44) Toots Thielemans

45) Maurice Carême

46) Haroun Tazieff

47) Gerard Mercator

48) Edith Cavell

49) Queen Fabiola of Belgium

50) Ambiorix

51) Pierre Rapsat

52) Albert Frère

53) Christine Ockrent

54) Gerard Mortier

55) Paul Delvaux

56) Olivier Strelli

57) Jules Delhaize

58) Pieter Brueghel The Elder

59) César Franck

60) Franco Dragone

61) Jaco Van Dormael

62) André Delvaux

63) Jules Destree

64) Elisabeth of Bavaria

65) Christiane Lenain

66) Kim Clijsters

67) Emile Verhaeren

68) Astrid of Sweden

69) Gerard Corbiau

70) Père Pire

71) Jean-Michel Folon

72) Ilya Prigogine

73) Pierre Bartholomee

74) Lise Thiry

75) Jules Bastin

76) Django Reinhardt

77) Henri Vernes

78) Georges Lemaître

79) Morris

80) Maurice Maeterlinck

81) Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant

82) Paul Vanden Boeynants

83) Arno Hintjens

84) Elvis Pompilio

85) Gabrielle Petit

86) Jean-Joseph Charlier

87) Emile Vandervelde

88) Isabelle Gatti De Gamond

89) Gaston Eyskens

90) Godfried Danneels

91) James Ensor

92) André Renard

93) François Bovesse

94) Pierre Kroll

95) Arlette Vincent

96) Gustave Boël

97) Paule Herreman

98) Edgar P. Jacobs

99) Jean Neuhaus

100) Jean Roba





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