Happy birthday! F. W. de Klerk turns 87 today

The iconic and legendary politician turns 87 on Saturday, Mar. 18, 2023.

Former president of South Africa F. W. de Klerk is celebrating his 87th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, he is one of the most acclaimed politicians of his generation.

Popular politician-president F. W. de Klerk has always liked to keep a bit of himself hidden from view. At 87th birthday, he remains a man of many facets.

Klerk, a cultural icon

Born Frederik Willem de Klerk in Johannesburg on March 18, 1936, his career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in South African history. Klerk's not just a great politician, he's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business man. At this point in his career, there seems to be little Frederik hasn't done.

And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for F. W. de Klerk as he promises more to come. After all, he's only 87.

Happy Birthday, Frederik, you're the best!

F. W. de Klerk career in pictures

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