For this answer I assume that the deceased Dutch are also allowed.Assuming, the answer is obvious: Vincent van Gogh.
Although there are also many other famous Dutch painters, Vincent van Gogh as a textbook example of Impressionism is the most famous.
Although in the Anglo-Saxon world in particular, it is difficult to pronounce his surname, this Dutch painter is world famous.How long are the rows of people for the Musée d’Orsay that come specially for Vincent van Gogh? How many people come to Amsterdam to visit ‘ van Gough ‘? I do not know the exact answer to these questions, but I do know that the number is very large.
Also outside the category painters there is no Dutchman as famous as Van Gogh.Although famous Dutch people are active in Hollywood, they are not as well known as Van Gogh. These Dutch people are often known to a relatively small subgroup of the world population. Van Gogh, on the other hand, is known to a much larger part of the world population. In fact, if people in other countries are asked to think about the Netherlands, Van Gogh is often mentioned.
I think the boy who stopped a flood with his finger in the dike is a candidate.
Is in America one thing.
Totally weird for concocted.
Every year in Antwerp We get hundreds of Japanese on the floor who come to look for T grave of the boy who died with his dog for a church, a fictional story similar to the sulphur girl…
Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh (maybe without them actually knowing he is Dutch)
Nowadays we have YouTube of course, and there is also a Dutch international very well known: Nikkie de Jager
In Europe, most people would say Johan Cruijf.
In the world I would say, Geert Wilders.
AndrÃ © Rieu.He toured all over the world and thus has worldwide brand awareness. Vincent van Gogh and Anne Frank are also good candidates.
Specifically in science we have of course van de Waal, Snellius, Huygens, and van Leeuwenhoek.
I would like to nominate the sadly recently deceased Rutger Hauer.World-famous film star that was shown in films such as Blade Runner, Batman Begins and cult classics such as Hobo with a shotgun and Ladyhawke. You would almost forget that he is still Floris van Rosenmondt for us.
In The 7 replies so far I miss another very obvious female candidate: Anne Frank
With 35 million books sold (List of best-selling books-Wikipedia) She is in the top of non-fiction books (besides fiction in this Wikipedia article also religious and political manifests in a separate category).
Her book has brought the persecution of the Jews close for people in this story of a tobbend, dreaming pubeing girl, in a way that the more extreme images of the concentration camps cannot.