Can Judge Rutherford be considered successful person?
The answer is "Yes, he was very successful indeed."
This is amazing, because Rutherford really was quite an ignorant man, particularly about science.
He was, however, very very crafty, and was able to place himself as president for life of a religious organization, and have all the members of the religion thinking that he was chosen by Jehovah God himself to lead and manage the religion. His word was absolute within the organization, and he could not be questioned. He was untouchable.
Quite amazing if you think about it.