While many world leaders have a sense of duty and responsibility towards their beloved homeland or a desire to give back to the community that has given them so much, there are many corrupt world leaders looking for something more. Because, let's be honest... not everyone in a position of real political power around the globe seems to feel this way. In fact, a number of world leaders have been implicated in a shocking level of corruption during their time in office. Which makes sense if you think about it... Power is a corrupting influence, of course, and the office of president or prime minister or dictator-for-life is obviously going to appeal to someone with a lust for power to begin with, so it's a recipe for trouble.
What is also not surprising is how many of these corrupt world leaders share a predilection for perverse or at least, non-conventional sex. Putting fun new terms into our vocabularies like bunga-bunga parties, these "sexcapades" have many times brought otherwise massively-powerful individuals to their knees (No pun intended).
The accusations included on this list are harsh, with everything from simple extramarital affairs to two-week benders with dozens of models (aka prostitutes) to flat-out rape accusations.
Many of the figures mentioned were later exonerated (like French economist and head of the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused of raping a New York City hotel housekeeper), and some went on to have completely healthy and normal political and personal careers.
In the words of Winston Churchill, the power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself. As these world leaders who dealt with sex scandals will likely tell you, keeping it in their pants (or out of the press) can be the most difficult thing to control of all.
Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy and head of Mediaset, the largest Italian broadcasting company
Visits with underage prostitutes, recruiting escorts from around Europe, harassing policewomen, bunga-bunga parties
The Dirty Details:
Over the course of his long business and political career, Berlusconi has been accused of numerous criminal acts. Perhaps too numerous to even name? These include colluding with the Mafia, false accounting practices, tax fraud, bribing police officers and judges, drug trafficking, and embezzlement. Geez, collude with ONE MAFIA and suddenly you're some kind of villain.
In addition to political corruption and unethical business practices, Berlusconi has had a long, sordid history of sex scandals and accusations of impropriety.
Which leads us to a case against Berlusconi that's still ongoing, concerning a Moroccan nightclub dancer named Karima El Mahroug (also known as Karima Keyek or by her, um, professional name Ruby Rubcuori – in English, Ruby Heartstealer.)
Allegedly, Berlusconi paid Ruby for sexual services in early 2010, when she was a minor. He's also accused of abusing the power of his office to secure Ruby's release after she was arrested in May 2010 by Milan police. (She'd been charged with stealing three thousand euros.) Apparently, Berlusconi phoned the Milan police from Paris and told them some story about Ruby being related to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and arguing that they needed to release her to avoid an international crisis. (Guess that sounds better than "Please let me, secret hooker girlfriend, out, you guys.")
It was Ruby who first shared details with the world about Silvio's "bunga-bunga" parties. These involved lavish catered affairs that would culminate in group sex between male and female invited guests. (At one such party, Silvio gave his beloved an envelope containing 7,000 euros, but not for sex! Just cause he's such a nice guy.)
The lovely Miss Karima, looking completely innocent
The term "bunga-bunga" is not one that exists outside of Berlusconi's fevered mind, but the accepted definition has since become "an erotic ritual which involves a powerful leader and several naked women."
Then there's all the testimony from Berlusconi's alleged pimp, Gianpaolo Tarantini, who claims he paid for women to travel from across Italy as well as the United Kingdom to stay in luxury hotels and entertain the prime minister. (The girls were allegedly paid 1,000 euros per encounter, plus gifts and parties thrown in their honor.) Berlusconi is said to have once visited with eight of these women in a single evening. (One of them, Carolina Marconi, was a contestant on the Italian version of "Big Brother.")
In connection with the Ruby affair, Berlusconi was indicted in February of 2011 and his trial began in May. In September, the Italian Senate voted to move the trial to a special Ministers' Court, where they felt the decision would be more fair. This is on top of separate ongoing cases against Berlusconi for the aforementioned fraud, bribery, and revealing of court secrets. Not a bad rap sheet for a 75-year-old man!
Oh, one more thing... Here's a video of the prime minster making lewd and inappropriate gestures towards a police woman:
Being the charmer that he is, he also described German Chancellor Angela Merkel "Unf***able", because that's what matters in politics.
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Media proprietor
Credits: Mediterraneo, Volere volaresee more on Silvio Berlusconi
Idi Amin Dada, military leader and President of Uganda
Polygamy, keeping concubines, sexual addiction, all sorts of other creepy crap
The Dirty Details:
Amin's 8-year rule over Uganda was a horrifying period of political repression, state-sanctioned murder, genocide, corruption, economic mismanagement, and other sundry human rights abuses. It's almost difficult to imagine any ruler treating their own citizenry with more blatant, callous, inhuman disregard. The total number of people killed as a result of his rule in Uganda has been estimated as somewhere between 100,000 to 500,000 people. (The figures aren't more precise because the killing was so indiscriminate.)
But as has become a running theme on this list, Amin was as perverse as he was blood-thirsty. Because he was so prone to flights of fancy (at one point giving himself the title "His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of all the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular"), it's impossible to know what stories about his bizarre personal appetites are true and what stories are just part of the gruesome legend.
It is known that Amin married no less than six times, kept over 50 mistresses outside of his marriages, and fathered between 35 and 45 children. In one incident, he started businesses under the names of three of his wives, and then divorced them publicly on state-run radio, arguing that a woman running a business is a violation of Islamic Law. (One of the wives spoke out in protest and was found shortly thereafter with her arms and legs cut off.) Many of these women ended up with neurosyphilis, indicating that Amin himself had probably picked it up from somewhere and had spread it to them.
Even when out of Uganda and in the presence of other world leaders, Amin lacked a real sense of tact or decorum. (Not surprising for a mass murderer, I suppose.) During a state visit to England for the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, it's said that he asked for an old pair of the Queen's underwear to hang on to as a memento (They were all out of miniature Big Bens!).
Still haven't had enough? Where to even go next? Amin's bragging about having tasted human flesh? The crazy parties where he used to force people to fight to the death for his amusement? The weird fact that he used to eat as many as 40 oranges a day (and sometimes subsisted entirely on the fruit) because he thought it would give him super-sexual-powers? Perhaps oranges should be added to this?
You could fill a series of lengthy books with this guy's crazy.
Age: Died at 78 (1925-2003)
Birthplace: Koboko, Uganda
Profession: Politician, Soldier
Credits: General Idi Amin Dada, Urgent ou À quoi bon exécuter des projets puisque le projet est en lui-même une jouissance suffisante, Biography, Frost on Saturdaysee more on Idi Amin
Muammar Gaddafi, former Libyan dictator
Keeping a harem of virgin bodyguards, taking lavish vacations with Italian "models," paying off political opponents with prostitutes
The Dirty Details:
Gaddafi was an almost universally-despised international villain who ruled his home nation as an autocrat for over 40 years. (He's among the longest-ruling non-royal national leaders in history.) The guy has a rap sheet a mile long, even before the infamous 2011 Libyan Civil War that led to his overthrow and eventual murder. Just to give you the short short version:
- Trying to buy nukes from China, India, and Pakistan
- Secretly working on chemical weapons programs
- Alleged ties to the terrorists who bombed Pan Am Flight 103 (known as the "Lockerbie Bombing"), which killed a total of 270 people
- Forging alliances to some of the other biggest international s**ts, including kill-crazy Ugandan dictator Idi Amin
- General support for terrorist and anti-Western organizations around the world throughout the '70s and '80s
- Terrible, terrible, ridiculous lack of fashion sense
So that's the big picture case. Gaddafi... Bad guy... But would you be surprised to find out he was also super-pervy? Probably not, considering the title of this list.
Unlike the secret infatuation with Condoleezza Rice that was only revealed after his death, while Gaddafi was alive, his choice of a harem of female bodyguards was highly publicized. Gaddafi would personally select virgins to serve as his personal bodyguards and travel with him wherever he went.
Yeah, they so look happy to be there
By his own description, he was "empowering" these ladies by making them to wear high heels, jewelry, and inches of makeup, even forcing them to agree to chastity (with some personal exceptions made for him, naturally.) Also, making sure they'd give their lives to protect him. Very empowering.
Of course, forcing women to have sex is much easier when the ladies are not highly trained killing machines, which is why Gaddafi took a page out of the play book of Prime Minister of Italy and fellow creeper Silvio Berlusconi and just paid for models to fly in and sleep with him.
Though the ladies denied anything sexual happened (wink wink), in 2010, Gaddafi invited 20 young Italian models on a two-week all-expenses paid trip to Libya. A junket, if you will. The models (and by models, I mean prostitutes) later said that Gaddafi treated them like queens, but all denied the existence of the actual sex parties. (Or "bunga bunga" parties, in the parlance of our times.)
Gaddafi would even use these ladies as a negotiation tactic at times. In 2009, he was having trouble becoming the leader of the African Union. So he allegedly called in a favor from his pal Berlusconi, and arranged for two escorts to pay a visit to his chief opponent, who had argued against his assumption to the role. (Though Gaddafi's former aide Nuri Al Mismari told a French newspaper about the deal, he declined to name the African leader who accepted Gaddafi and Berlusconi's, um, payoff.) In a surprise move, Gaddafi did end up winning the role.
This public appearance brought to you by the words bunga and bunga.
Age: Died at 69 (1942-2011)
Birthplace: Qasr Abu Hadi
Profession: Politician, Soldier, Military Officersee more on Muammar al-Gaddafi
Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea. (Other real not-made-up-by-me titles include: Superior Person, Dear Leader, Dear Leader who is a perfect incarnation of the appearance that a leader should have, Guiding Sun Ray, Ever-Victorious Iron-Willed Commander, Peerless Leader, Great Sun of the 21st Century, Great Man Who Descended from Heaven and Highest Incarnation of the Revolutionary Comradely Love)
Maintaining a massive entourage of hand-picked female companions
The Dirty Details:
In the aftermath of his death of a suspected heart attack on December 17, 2011, much was made of Kim Jong-il's vile legacy in his native North Korea. Under the merciless totalitarian regime of first his father, Kim Il-sung, and later Kim himself, North Korea had become a grim Orwellian nightmare. Kim's people are the most controlled and monitored on the planet: Televisions only receive government-approved stations, and listening to government propaganda is mandatory in all homes. The Internet is banned. Only elites are allowed to have cell phones. There is no free press. Most of the country does not have access to electricity. Millions starve while the aristocracy eats lobster. Most people live in what are basically concentration camps and cannot leave for any reason. Citizens are regularly arrested and jailed, sometimes permanently, for minor or even unidentifiable crimes. And of course... no one is allowed to leave. It's basically like someone let a Bond villain run a country for several decades.
But surprise, surprise, despite running his country like it's a prison (and not even a nice, clean, newly-built prison), Kim himself enjoyed the good life. This included gourmet food shipped in from around the world, a library of over 20,000 film titles and, yes, a MASSIVE retinue of hand-selected beautiful women whose job it was to provide Kim with entertainment and sexual gratification. (Just how massive? Some have put the number at... ready for this? 2,000 women! All there to serve one guy! And he was getting old!)
According to defectors, this escort corps (see what I did there?) is known as the "Gippeumjo," which roughly translates to "Pleasure Brigade," "Entourage of Delight," or "Joy Division." (Talk about love tearing us apart.) The team was divided up into 3 groups:
- The Happiness Team provides massages
- The Satisfaction Team provides... ugh... sexual release. (I totally understand if you just stopped reading this list.)
- The 'Gamujo' Team sings and dances
The women were carefully selected based on appearance, height (Kim was only 5'2", and didn't want women who would tower over him), family background, even grades. When Kim was bored, he'd summon them (most often to his "Number 8 Banquet Hall" in Pyongyang) and make them perform nude dances for his entertainment. He'd even invite friends to come and watch the show, provided they promised not to touch the merchandise.
Kim and his cabinet, or the cast of "Entourage?" You tell me...
One former cabinet member recalled being told he must dance with the ladies, but would be considered a thief if he tried to touch them. Does this guy know how to party or what?
Age: Died at 70 (1941-2011)
Birthplace: Vyatskoye, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia
Credits: The Juche Idea, Bulgasari, The Schoolgirl's Diary, Sea of Blood
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