William I , Count of Nassau-Dillenburg
b.10 Apr 1487 Dillenburg, Lahn-Dill-Kreis, Gießen, Hessen, Germany
d.6 Oct 1559 Dillenburg, Lahn-Dill-Kreis, Gießen, Hessen, Germany
m. 11 Feb 1482
m. 20 Sep 1531
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William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg (nicknamed William the Rich, ; 10 April 1487 – 6 October 1559) was a count of Nassau-Dillenburg from the House of Nassau. He was not wealthy; his nickname the Rich refers to him having many children.
William was born in Dillenburg as the younger son of Count John V of Nassau-Dillenburg and Landgravine Elisabeth, daughter of Landgrave Henry III of Hesse-Marburg and Anna of Katzenelnbogen He was the brother of count Henry III of Nassau-Breda and the father of William I of Orange.
His eldest son William inherited the principality of Orange. The early House of Orange-Nassau descends from the younger William, while the later House of Orange-Nassau (and the Dutch royal family) descends from both the younger William and his younger brother John.