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

Everything from Shoko Asahara to Lars Levi Læstadius is included on this list.

While this isn't a list of all male religious leaders, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male religious leaders?" and "Who are the best male religious leaders?"
L. Ron Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Religious Leaders
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Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, better known as L. Ron Hubbard and often referred to by his initials, LRH, was an American author and the founder of the Church of Scientology. After establishing a career as a writer, becoming best known for his science fiction and fantasy stories, he developed a self-help system called Dianetics which was first expounded in book form in May 1950. He subsequently developed his ideas into a wide-ranging set of doctrines and rituals as part of a new religious movement that he called Scientology. His writings became the guiding texts for the Church of Scientology and a number of affiliated organizations that address such diverse topics as business administration, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 75 (1911-1986)

Birthplace: Tilden, Nebraska, United States of America

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Shoko Asahara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Religious Leaders
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Shoko Asahara, born Chizuo Matsumoto on March 2, 1955, is a founder of the Japanese new religious group Aum Shinrikyo. He was convicted of masterminding the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway and several other crimes, for which he was sentenced to death in 2004. In June 2012, his execution was postponed due to further arrests of Aum Shinrikyo members. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 63

Birthplace: Yatsushiro, Japan

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Ali Khamenei is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Religious Leaders
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Ali Hosseini Khamenei is the second and current Supreme Leader of Iran and a Muslim Cleric. Ali Khamenei succeeded Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian Revolution, after Khomeini's death, being elected as the new Supreme Leader by the Assembly of Experts on 4 June 1989. He had also served as the President of Iran from 1981 to 1989. In 2012, Forbes selected him 21st in the list of The World's Most Powerful People. As the head of state, Khamenei is considered the most powerful political authority in Iran. Khamenei was the victim of an attempted assassination in June 1981 that paralysed his right arm. According to his official website, Khamenei was arrested six times before being sent ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 78

Birthplace: Mashhad, Iran

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Lars Levi Laestadius is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Religious Leaders
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Lars Levi Laestadius was a Swedish Sami pastor and administrator of the Swedish state Lutheran church in Lapland who founded the Laestadian pietist revival movement to help his largely Sami congregations, who were being ravaged by alcoholism. Laestadius was also a noted botanist and an author. Laestadius himself became a teetotaller in the 1840s, when he began successfully awakening his Sami parishioners to the misery and destruction alcohol was causing them. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 61 (1800-1861)

Birthplace: Arjeplog, Sweden

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