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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?"

Dictators of the world are often though 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.

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

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    Muammar al-Gaddafi is listed (or ranked) 17 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 the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1942-2011)
    • Birthplace: Qasr Abu Hadi
    • Profession: Politician, Soldier, Military Officer
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    Nikita Khrushchev is listed (or ranked) 18 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 responsible ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1894-1971)
    • Birthplace: Kalinovka, Russia
    • Profession: Politician
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    Hideki Tōjō is listed (or ranked) 19 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 initiated ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1884-1948)
    • Birthplace: Kōjimachi, Tokyo
    • Profession: Politician, Military Officer
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    Pervez Musharraf is listed (or ranked) 20 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 was ...more

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    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: India, Delhi
    • Profession: Politician, Military Officer
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    Mobutu Sese Seko is listed (or ranked) 21 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 all ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1930-1997)
    • Birthplace: Lisala, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Profession: Politician
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    Jean-Claude Duvalier is listed (or ranked) 22 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
    • Profession: Politician
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    Augusto Pinochet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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    Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte, more commonly known as Augusto Pinochet, was dictator of Chile between 1973 and 1990 and Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army from 1973 to 1998. He was also president of the Government Junta of Chile between 1973 and 1981. Pinochet assumed power in Chile following a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1915-2006)
    • Birthplace: Valparaíso, Chile
    • Profession: Politician, Soldier
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    Nicolae Ceaușescu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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    Nicolae Ceaușescu was a Romanian Communist politician. He was General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989, and as such was the country's second and last Communist leader. He was also the country's head of state from 1967 to 1989. A member of the Romanian Communist youth movement, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1918-1989)
    • Birthplace: Southeast Europe, Scornicești, Romania
    • Profession: Politician, Writer
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