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Famous Male Dictators

Updated June 14, 2019 17.5k views121 items

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?"
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  • Adolf Hitler
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    Adolf Hitler (German: [ˈadɔlf ˈhɪtlɐ] (listen); 20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was a German politician and leader of the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP). He rose to power as Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and later Führer in 1934. During his dictatorship from 1933 to 1945, he initiated World War II in Europe by invading Poland on 1 September 1939. He was closely involved in military operations throughout the war and was central to the perpetration of the Holocaust. Hitler was born in Austria—then part of Austria-Hungary—and was raised near Linz. He moved to Germany in 1913 and was decorated during his service in the German Army in World War I. In 1919, he... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (1889-1945)
    • Birthplace: Braunau am Inn, Austria
  • Joseph Stalin
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    Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili; 18 December [O.S. 6] 1878 – 5 March 1953) was a Georgian revolutionary and Soviet politician who led the Soviet Union from the mid–1920s until 1953 as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922–1952) and Premier (1941–1953). Initially presiding over a collective leadership as first among equals, by the 1930s he was the country's de facto dictator. A communist ideologically committed to the Leninist interpretation of Marxism, Stalin formalised these ideas as Marxism–Leninism, while his own policies are known as Stalinism. Born to a poor family in Gori in the Russian Empire (now Georgia), Stalin... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1878-1953)
    • Birthplace: Gori, Georgia

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  • Mao Zedong
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    Mao Zedong (; December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976), also known as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary who became the founding father of the People's Republic of China (PRC), which he ruled as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. Idelogically a Marxist, his theories, military strategies, and political policies are collectively known as Maoism. Mao was the son of a prosperous peasant in Shaoshan, Hunan. He had a Chinese nationalist and an anti-imperialist outlook early in his life, and was particularly influenced by the events of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 and May Fourth Movement of 1919. He later adopted... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1893-1976)
    • Birthplace: Shaoshan, China

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  • Benito Mussolini
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    Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini (, also US: , Italian: [beˈniːto mussoˈliːni]; 29 July 1883 – 28 April 1945) was Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Italy from the fascists' takeover of state power in 1922 until 1943, and Duce from 1919 to his execution in 1945 during the Italian civil war. As dictator of Italy and founder of fascism, Mussolini inspired several totalitarian rulers such as Adolf Hitler.A journalist and politician, Mussolini had been a leading member of the National Directorate of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI) from 1910 to 1914, but was expelled from the PSI for advocating military intervention in World War I, in opposition to the party's stance on neutrality. Mussolini... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1883-1945)
    • Birthplace: Predappio, Italy