Person List of Famous Dictators

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This list of the most notable and famous dictators in the world is ordered by their level of importance and notoriety. From ruthless dictators (many of which are considered the worst dictators ever) to lesser known tinpot dictators in history - this list of dictators should help answer the question, "who are the most famous dictators in the world?"

Infamous dictators of the world are often thought of as tyrants - leaders who rule with iron fists, cruelty, unflinching authority, and a lack of opposition. This world dictators list has everyone from Adolf Hitler to Kim Jong Un to many lesser-known rulers. Many of the dictators on this list are considered some of the worst people in the history of the world.

It's easy to dehumanize them in your mind, but there were actually many dictators who painted and plenty of other dictators who had weird collections. Who would have thought? If you want to learn more about modern dictators, find out which countries are ruled by dictatorships in present day.

Read on to learn about the top dictators from history and today.

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Ho Chi Minh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Hồ Chí Minh, born Nguyễn Sinh Côn, or Nguyễn Sinh Cung, also known as Nguyễn Tất Thành and Nguyễn Ái Quốc, was a Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader who was prime minister and president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. He was a key figure in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1890-1969)

Birthplace: Kim Lien, Vietnam

Nationality: Vietnam

Profession: Politician

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#89 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

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#174 on The Most Influential People of the Second World War

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Muammar al-Gaddafi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary and politician who governed Libya as its primary leader from 1969 to 2011. Taking power in a coup d'etat, he ruled as Revolutionary Chairman of the Libyan Arab Republic from 1969 to 1977 and then as ...more

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Age: Died at 69 (1942-2011)

Birthplace: Qasr Abu Hadi

Nationality: Libya

Profession: Politician, Soldier, Military Officer

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#341 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#863 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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#335 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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Nikita Khrushchev is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev was a Russian politician who led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. Khrushchev was ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1894-1971)

Birthplace: Kalinovka, Russia

Nationality: Russian Empire, Soviet Union

Profession: Politician

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#204 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#97 on The Most Influential People of the Second World War

#4 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

#68 on 100+ Atheist Politicians and Lawyers

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Hun Sen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Hun Sen is the 34th and current Prime Minister of Cambodia, Deputy President of the Cambodian People's Party, and Member of Parliament for Kandal. He has served as Cambodia's premier for more than 25 years, making him the longest serving head of government of Cambodia and one of the longest serving ...more

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Stueng Trang District

Nationality: Cambodia

Profession: Politician

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#337 on Celebrity Death Pool 2017

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Hideki Tōjō is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Hideki Tojo was a general of the Imperial Japanese Army, the leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association, and the 40th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II, from October 17, 1941 to July 22, 1944. As Prime Minister, he was responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor, which ...more

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Age: Died at 64 (1884-1948)

Birthplace: Kōjimachi, Tokyo

Nationality: Japan

Profession: Politician, Military Officer

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#236 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#15 on The Most Influential People of the Second World War

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Pervez Musharraf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Pervez Musharraf, is a Pakistani politician and a retired four-star rank army general who tenured as the tenth President of Pakistan from 2001 until tendering resignation to avoid impeachment in 2008. Prior to seizing the control of the government through a military coup d'état in 1999, Musharraf ...more

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Age: 72

Birthplace: Delhi, India

Nationality: Pakistan

Profession: Politician, Military Officer

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Mobutu Sese Seko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga was the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1965 to 1997. Installed and supported in office primarily by Belgium and the United States, he formed an authoritarian regime, amassed vast personal wealth, and attempted to purge the country of ...more

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Age: Died at 67 (1930-1997)

Birthplace: Lisala, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nationality: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Profession: Politician

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Jean-Claude Duvalier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Jean-Claude Duvalier, nicknamed "Bébé Doc" or "Baby Doc", was the President of Haiti from 1971 until his overthrow by a popular uprising in 1986. He succeeded his father François "Papa Doc" Duvalier as the ruler of Haiti after the latter's death in 1971. After assuming power, he introduced cosmetic ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (1951-2014)

Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Nationality: Haiti

Profession: Politician

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