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Famous Male Dictators

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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?"
  • Kim Jong-il
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    Kim Jong-il (officially transcribed Kim Jong Il; Korean: 김정일; Korean pronunciation: [kim.dzɔŋ.il]; 16 February 1941 or 1942 – 17 December 2011) was the second leader of North Korea. He ruled from the death of his father Kim Il-sung, the first leader of North Korea, in 1994 until his own death in 2011. He was an unelected dictator and was often accused of human rights violations.In the early 1980s, Kim had become the heir apparent for the leadership of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and assumed important posts in the party and army organs. Kim succeeded his father and DPRK founder, Kim Il-sung, following the elder Kim's death in 1994. Kim was the General Secretary of the... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)
    • Birthplace: Vyatskoye, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia

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  • Pol Pot (born Saloth Sâr; 19 May 1925 – 15 April 1998) was a Cambodian politician who led Cambodia as the Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea between 1976 to 1979. Ideologically a Marxist–Leninist and Khmer nationalist, he led the Khmer Rouge group from 1963 until 1997 and served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea from 1963 to 1981. Born to a prosperous farmer in Prek Sbauv, French Cambodia, Pol Pot was educated at some of Cambodia's elite schools. In the 1940s, he moved to Paris, France, where he joined the French Communist Party and adopted Marxism–Leninism, particularly as it was presented in the writings of Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong. Returning to Cambodia... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1925-1998)
    • Birthplace: Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia
  • Saddam Hussein
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    Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (; Arabic: صدام حسين عبد المجيد التكريتي Ṣaddām Ḥusayn ʿAbd al-Maǧīd al-Tikrītī; 28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was President of Iraq from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organization the Iraqi Ba'ath Party—which espoused Ba'athism, a mix of Arab nationalism and socialism—Saddam played a key role in the 1968 coup (later referred to as the 17 July Revolution) that brought the party to power in Iraq. As vice president under the ailing General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, and at a time when many groups were considered capable of... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1937-2006)
    • Birthplace: Al-Awja, Iraq

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  • Robert Mugabe
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    Robert Gabriel Mugabe (; Shona: [muɡaɓe]; born 21 February 1924) is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017. He chaired the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) group from 1975 to 1980 and led its successor political party, the ZANU – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), from 1980 to 2017. Ideologically an African nationalist, during the 1970s and 1980s he identified as a Marxist–Leninist, although after the 1990s self-identified only as a socialist. His policies have been described as Mugabeism. Mugabe was born to a poor Shona family in Kutama, Southern Rhodesia. Following an education at Kutama... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 96
    • Birthplace: Zvimba District

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