Template:Infobox Person

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Infobox Person
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Infobox Person may be used to summarize information about a person.

Also consider using one of the more specific templates such as {{Infobox Actor}}, {{Infobox Officeholder}}, {{Infobox Military person}}, etc. A list of some of these is available at Wikipedia:WikiProject Biography/Infoboxes; others not listed there can be found in Category:People infobox templates.


The infobox may be added by pasting the template as shown below into an article and then filling in the desired fields. Any parameters left blank or omitted will not be displayed.

Blank template with basic parameters

This is the template shown on the top righthand side of the template page.

{{Infobox Person
|name        = 
|image       = 
|caption     = 
|birth_date  = {{Birth date|YYYY|MM|DD}}
|birth_place = 
|death_date  = <!-- {{Death date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|YYYY|MM|DD}} -->
|death_place = 
|other_names = 
|known_for   = 
|occupation  = 
|nationality = 

Blank template with all parameters

{{Infobox Person
|name          = 
|image         = 
|image_size    = 
|caption       = 
|birth_name    = 
|birth_date    = {{Birth date|YYYY|MM|DD}}
|birth_place   = 
|death_date    = <!-- {{Death date and age|YYYY|MM|DD|YYYY|MM|DD}} -->
|death_place   = 
|body_discovered = 
|death_cause   = 
|resting_place = 
|resting_place_coordinates = <!-- {{coord|LAT|LONG|display=inline,title}} -->
|residence     = 
|nationality   = 
|ethnicity     = 
|citizenship   = 
|other_names   = 
|known_for     = 
|education     = 
|alma_mater    = 
|employer      = 
|occupation    = 
|years_active  =
|home_town     = 
|salary        = 
|networth      = 
|height        = 
|weight        = 
|title         = 
|term          = 
|predecessor   = 
|successor     = 
|party         = 
|opponents     =
|boards        = 
|religion      = 
|spouse        = 
|partner       = 
|children      = 
|parents       = 
|relations     = 
|callsign      = 
|signature     = 
|website       = 
|footnotes     = 
|box_width     = 


Do not use all these parameters for any one person. The list is long to cover a wide range of people. Only use those parameters that describe why the person is notable. Any parameters left blank or omitted will not be displayed. If a data field has more than one parameter name which can be used, the preferred name is listed first in bold print.

Parameter Explanation
name Common name of person (defaults to article name if left blank; provide birth_name (below) if different from name).
image Image name: abc.jpg, xpz.png, 123.gif, etc. If an image is desired but not available, one may add "yes" to the "needs-photo" section of the Template:WPBiography on the talkpage. Do not use Image:Replace this image male.svg, Image:Replace this image female.svg or other placeholder images; the proposal to use such placeholders has been rejected by the community.
Size to display image: 200px (set width), or 200x300px (max width & max height). This defaults to 225px if empty or omitted.
caption Caption for image, if needed. Try to include date of photo and the photographer.
birth_name Name at birth, if different from name.
birth_date Date of birth: {{birth date and age|1930|1|15}} (if living) or {{birth date|1930|1|15}} (if dead). See Template:Birth date for details.
birth_place Place of birth: city, administrative region, sovereign state.
death_date Date of death: {{death date and age|1995|10|9|1930|1|15}} (if birth date is known) or {{death date|1995|10|9}} (if birth date unknown). See Template:Death date for details.
death_place Place of death: city, administrative region, sovereign state.
body_discovered Place where the body was discovered (If different from place of death).
death_cause Cause of death.
resting_place Place of burial, ash-scattering, etc.
resting_place_coordinates Coordinates for place of burial, ash-scattering etc. Use {{coord}} template.
residence Location(s) where the person notably resides/resided, if different from birth place.
nationality Nationality. May be used instead of citizenship (below) or vice versa in cases where any confusion could result. Should only be used with citizenship when they somehow differ.
ethnicity Ethnicity.
citizenship Citizenship. See usage notes for nationality.
other_names Other notable names for the person, if different from name and birth_name.
A brief description of why the person is notable.
education Education.
alma_mater Alma mater
employer Employer.
occupation Occupation.
home_town The place where the person was raised and matured, if different from birth place and residence.
salary Annual salary or compensation.
networth Current estimated net worth.
height If person was notable for their height.
weight If used, this should also include the date.
title Multiple uses:
term Years the person held the title listed above.
predecessor Person who previously held the title listed above.
successor Person who subsequently held the title listed above.
party Field labeled Political party.
boards Field labeled Board member of.
religion Field labeled Religion.
spouse Name of spouse(s), followed by years of marriage. Use the format Name (1950-present) for current spouse and Name (1970-1999) for former spouse(s). Separate entries with a line break (<br/>).
partner Use same format as spouse.
children Number of children (i.e. 3), or list of names if notable. Separate entries with a line break (<br/>).
parents Names of parents, if notable. Separate entries with a line break (<br/>).
Names of siblings or other relatives, if notable. Include the relationship in parentheses after the name (sister, uncle, etc). Separate entries with a line break (<br/>).
callsign Amateur radio call-sign.
signature An image of the person's signature. Image is displayed at a width of 128px, same format as {{Infobox Writer}}, {{Infobox Officeholder}} and {{Infobox Philosopher}}.
website Official website only. Unofficial websites should be placed under ==External links== in the body of the article.
footnotes Notes about any of the infobox data.
box_width The infobox width, such as: box_width=220px (default: 22em).


The HTML markup produced by this template includes an hCard microformat, which makes the person's details parsable by computers, either acting automatically to catalogue articles across Wikipedia or via a browser tool operated by a reader, to (for example) add the subject to an address book. For more information about the use of microformats on Wikipedia, please see the microformat project.

Date-of-birth ("bday") information will only be included in the microformat if {{Birth date}}) or {{Birth date and age}}) (optionally {{birth-date}} are used in the infobox.

hCard uses HTML classes including:

  • adr
  • agent
  • bday
  • category
  • country-name
  • extended-address
  • family-name
  • fn (required)
  • given-name
  • honorific-prefix
  • honorific-suffix
  • label
  • locality
  • n
  • nickname
  • note
  • org
  • role
  • vcard

Please do not rename or remove these classes; nor collapse nested elements which use them.


Bill Gates
Bill Gates 2004 cr.jpg
At an IT forum in Denmark, 2004
Born William Henry Gates III
October 28, 1955 (1955-10-28) (age 68)
Seattle, Washington
Occupation Chairman, Microsoft
Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Salary US$ 966,667[1]
Net worth US$ 56.0 billion (2007)[2]
Spouse(s) Melinda Gates (since 1994)
Children 3
BillGates Signature.svg
Microsoft (Press Pass)
Gates Foundation
{{Infobox Person
|name        = Bill Gates
|image       = Bill Gates 2004 cr.jpg
|image_size  = 170px
|caption     = At an IT forum in Denmark, 2004
|birth_name  = William Henry Gates III
|birth_date  = {{birth date and age|1955|10|28}}
|birth_place = [[Seattle, Washington]]
|occupation  = Chairman, [[Microsoft]]<br/><!--
 -->Co-Chair, [[Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation]]
|salary      = [[US$]] 966,667<!--this is the
 -- correct style for money--><ref>Year 2006<!--
 --> compensation: salary $616,667, bonus<!--
 --> $350,000. From Microsoft's [http://www.<!--
 --> Proxy Statement].</ref>
|networth    = US$ 56.0 billion (2007)<!--
 --><ref name="forbes"/>
|spouse      = [[Melinda Gates]] (since 1994)
|children    = 3
|signature   = BillGates Signature.svg
|website=[http://www.microsoft.com/ Microsoft]<!--
 --> [http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/<!--
 -->billg/default.mspx (Press Pass)]<br>[http:<!--
 -->//www.gatesfoundation.org Gates Foundation]
|box_width   = 200px

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  1. Year 2006 compensation: salary $616,667, bonus $350,000. From Microsoft's Proxy Statement.
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