List of Famous Warlords People

List of Famous Warlords

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List of famous warlords, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top warlords in the world? This includes the most prominent warlords, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable warlords is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic warlords were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned warlords.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known warlords to the lesser known warlords of today, these are some of the best professionals in the warlord field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous warlords ever?" and "What are the names of famous warlords?" then you're in the right place. (226 items)

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    Chiang Kai-shek
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    Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975. He is known as Chiang Chung-cheng or Chiang Chieh-shih in Standard Chinese. Chiang was an influential member of the Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party, and was a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1887-1975)
    • Birthplace: Xikou, China
    • Profession: Politician, Soldier, Warlord, Generalissimo
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    Sun Yat-sen
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    Sun Yat-sen was a Chinese revolutionary, first president and founding father of the Republic of China, and medical practitioner. As the foremost pioneer of the Republic of China, Sun is referred to as the "Father of the Nation" in the Republic of China, and the "forerunner of democratic revolution" in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1866-1925)
    • Birthplace: Zhongshan
    • Profession: Politician, Physician, Warlord, Generalissimo, Writer, + more
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    Idi Amin
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    Idi Amin Dada was the third President of Uganda, ruling from 1971 to 1979. Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King's African Rifles in 1946, serving in Kenya and Uganda. Eventually, Amin held the rank of major general in the post-colonial Ugandan Army and became its commander before seizing ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1925-2003)
    • Birthplace: Koboko, Uganda
    • Profession: Politician, Soldier
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    Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor is a Liberian former politician who was the 22nd President of Liberia, serving from 2 August 1997 until his resignation on 11 August 2003. Born in Arthington, Montserrado County, Liberia, Taylor earned a degree at Bentley College in the United States before returning to ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Arthington, Liberia, Liberia
    • Profession: Warlord
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    Robert Mugabe
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    Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the current President of Zimbabwe, serving since 31 December 1987. As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime Minister, head of government, in 1980, and served in that office until 1987, when he became the country's first ...more

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    • Age: age 91
    • Birthplace: Zvimba District
    • Profession: Politician
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    Muammar al-Gaddafi
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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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    Yuan Shikai
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    Yuan Shikai was a Chinese general, politician and "emperor", famous for his influence during the late Qing Dynasty, his role in the events leading up to the abdication of the last Qing Emperor, his autocratic rule as the first President of the Republic of China, and his short-lived attempt to restore ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1859-1916)
    • Birthplace: Xiangcheng County, Henan
    • Profession: Politician, Soldier
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    Oda Nobunaga
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    Oda Nobunaga was a powerful samurai daimyo warlord of Japan in the late 16th century who initiated the unification of Japan near the end of the Warring States period. He lived a life of continuous military conquest, eventually conquering a third of Japan before his death in a 1582 coup. His successors ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1534-1582)
    • Birthplace: Nagoya Castle, Japan
    • Profession: Daimyo, Warlord
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    Zhang Zuolin
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    Zhang Zuolin . He successfully invaded China proper in October 1924 in the Second Zhili-Fengtian War. He gained control of Peking, including China's internationally recognized government, in April 1926. The economy of Manchuria, the basis of Zhang's power, was overtaxed by his adventurism and collapsed ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1875-1928)
    • Birthplace: Haicheng, Liaoning, China
    • Profession: Warlord
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    Akhmad Kadyrov
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    Akhmad Abdulkhamidovich Kadyrov, also spelled Akhmat, was the Chief Mufti of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in the 1990s during and after the First Chechen War. At the outbreak of the Second Chechen War he switched sides, offering his service to the Russian government, and later became the President ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1951-2004)
    • Birthplace: Karaganda, Kazakhstan
    • Profession: Clergy, Politician, Warlord, Cleric
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    Cao Cao, courtesy name Mengde, was a warlord and the penultimate Chancellor of the Eastern Han dynasty who rose to great power in the final years of the dynasty. As one of the central figures of the Three Kingdoms period, he laid the foundations for what was to become the state of Cao Wei and was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (155-220)
    • Birthplace: China, Eurasia, Anhui, Bozhou
    • Profession: Poet, Warlord, Writer
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    Aslan Maskhadov
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    Aslan Aliyevich Maskhadov was a leader of the Chechen independence movement and the third President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. He was credited by many with the Chechen victory in the First Chechen War, which allowed for the establishment of the de facto independent Chechen Republic of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1951-2005)
    • Birthplace: Karaganda, Kazakhstan
    • Profession: Politician, Military Officer, Warlord
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    Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a guerrilla group which used to operate in Uganda. While initially purporting to fight against government suppression, the LRA allegedly turned against Kony's own supporters, supposedly to "purify" the Acholi people and turn Uganda into a ...more

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    • Age: age 54
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    Baitullah Mehsud
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    Baitullah Mehsud was a leading militant in Waziristan, Pakistan, and the leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. He formed the TTP from an alliance of about five militant groups in December 2007. He is thought by U.S. military analysts to have commanded up to 5,000 fighters and to have been behind ...more

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    • Age: Died at 35 (1974-2009)
    • Birthplace: Bannu District
    • Profession: Warlord
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    Thomas Lubanga Dyilo

    Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is a convicted war criminal from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the first person ever convicted by the International Criminal Court. He founded and led the Union of Congolese Patriots and was a key player in the Ituri conflict. Rebels under his command have been accused of ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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    Liao Zhongkai was a Kuomintang leader and financier. He was the principal architect of the first Kuomintang–Chinese Communist Party United Front in the 1920s.more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1877-1925)
    • Profession: Politician, Warlord
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    Jonas Malheiro Savimbi was an Angolan political and military leader. He founded and led the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola. UNITA first waged a guerrilla war against Portuguese colonial rule, 1966–74, then confronted the rival People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola during ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1934-2002)
    • Birthplace: Moxico Province, Angola
    • Profession: Politician, Warlord, Rebel
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    Ahmad Shah Massoud
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    Ahmad Shah Massoud was an Afghan political and military leader, who was a powerful military commander during the resistance against the Soviet occupation between 1979 and 1989 and in the following years of civil war. He was assassinated on September 9, 2001. Massoud came from an ethnic Tajik, Sunni ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1953-2001)
    • Birthplace: Bazarak, Panjshir
    • Profession: Politician, Warlord
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    Kamal Jumblatt
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    Kamal Fouad Jumblatt was an important Lebanese politician. He was the main leader of the anti-government forces who opposed the Assad government in the Lebanese Civil War and major ally of the Palestine Liberation Organization until his assassination in 1977. He is the father of the Lebanese Druze ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1917-1977)
    • Birthplace: Beit ed-Dine, Chouf District, Lebanon
    • Profession: Politician, Warlord
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    Sani Abacha was a Nigerian Army general and politician who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. Abacha's regime is controversial: although it saw dramatic economic growth, it also witnessed widespread human rights abuses.more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1943-1998)
    • Birthplace: Nigeria, Kano, Africa
    • Profession: Politician
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