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List of famous male dictators, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male dictators list contains the most prominent and top males known for being dictators. There are thousand of males working as dictators in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic dictators have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a dictator then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Raúl Alberto Lastiri and Omar al-Bashir.

While this isn't a list of all male dictators, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male dictators?" and "Who are the best male dictators?"
Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Dictators
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Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As effective dictator of Nazi Germany, Hitler was at the centre of World War II in Europe, and the Holocaust. Hitler was a decorated veteran of World War I. He joined the German Workers' Party in 1919, and became leader of the NSDAP in 1921. In 1923, he attempted a coup in Munich to seize power. The failed coup resulted in Hitler's imprisonment, during which time he wrote his autobiography and political manifesto Mein Kampf. After his release in 1924, Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of ...more

Age: Died at 56 (1889-1945)

Birthplace: Braunau am Inn, Austria

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Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Dictators
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Joseph Stalin or Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who took part in the Russian Revolution of 1917, Stalin was appointed general secretary of the party's Central Committee in 1922. He subsequently managed to consolidate power following the 1924 death of Vladimir Lenin through suppressing Lenin's criticisms and expanding the functions of his role, all the while eliminating any opposition. He remained general secretary until the post was abolished in 1952, concurrently serving as the Premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 onward. Under Stalin's rule, the concept of "Socialism in One ...more

Age: Died at 75 (1878-1953)

Birthplace: Gori, Georgia

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Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Dictators
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Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. His Marxist-Leninist theories, military strategies and political policies are collectively known as Marxism-Leninism-Maoism or Mao Zedong Thought. Born the son of a wealthy farmer in Shaoshan, Hunan, Mao adopted a Chinese nationalist and anti-imperialist outlook in early life, particularly influenced by the events of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 and May Fourth Movement of 1919. Mao converted ...more

Age: Died at 83 (1893-1976)

Birthplace: Shaoshan, China

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Benito Mussolini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Dictators
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Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist, and leader of the National Fascist Party, ruling the country as Prime Minister from 1922 until his ousting in 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a legal dictatorship. Known as Il Duce, Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. In 1912 Mussolini was the leading member of the National Directorate of the Italian Socialist Party. Prior to 1914 he was a keen supporter of the Socialist International, starting the series of meetings in Switzerland that organised the communist revolutions and insurrections that swept through Europe from 1917. ...more

Age: Died at 62 (1883-1945)

Birthplace: Predappio, Italy

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