De Grootste Nederlander (The Greatest Dutchman) was a public poll held in 2004 by the broadcasting company KRO of the Publieke Omroep. The series is based on the BBC's 100 Greatest Britons. During the series, it included individual programmes on the top ten, with viewers having further opportunities to vote after each programme.
The assassinated politician Pim Fortuyn was announced as the winner in a live television broadcast on 15 November 2004, two weeks after Theo van Gogh was murdered. This was said to be an "embarrassing" choice by several journalists and historians. The amount of calls was so large that not all could be counted before the end of the show; later it was announced that William of Orange had received the most votes, but only the votes that were counted before the end of the programme counted, so Fortuyn remained as number one.
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