Famous Male Religious Leaders

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?"

  • Lafayette Ronald Hubbard ( HUB-ərd;  March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy stories, and the founder of the Church of Scientology. In 1950, Hubbard authored Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health and established a series of organizations to promote Dianetics. In 1952, Hubbard lost the rights to Dianetics in bankruptcy proceedings, and he subsequently founded Scientology. Thereafter Hubbard oversaw the growth of the Church of Scientology into a worldwide organization. Hubbard was cited by Smithsonian magazine as one of the 100 most significant Americans of all time.Born in Tilden, Nebraska, in 1911, Hubbard spent much of his childhood ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1911-1986)
    • Birthplace: Tilden, Nebraska
  • Shoko Asahara
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    Shoko Asahara (麻原 彰晃, Asahara Shōkō, March 2, 1955 – July 6, 2018), born Chizuo Matsumoto (松本 智津夫, Matsumoto Chizuo), was the founder of the Japanese doomsday-cult group Aum Shinrikyo. Asahara was convicted of masterminding the deadly 1995 sarin-gas attack on the Tokyo subway, and was also involved in several other crimes. He was sentenced to death in 2004. In May 2012, his execution was postponed due to further arrests of Aum Shinrikyo members. He was executed by hanging on July 6, 2018.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Yatsushiro, Japan
  • Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei (Persian: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای‎, pronounced [ʔæˈliː hosejˈniː xɒːmeneˈʔiː] (listen); born 19 April 1939) is a Twelver Shia Marja' and the second and current Supreme Leader of Iran, in office since 1989. He was previously President of Iran from 1981 to 1989. Khamenei is the second-longest serving head of state in the Middle East (after Oman's Sultan Qaboos), as well as the second-longest serving Iranian leader of the last century, after Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.According to his official website, Khamenei was arrested six times before being sent into exile for three years during Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's reign. He was the target of an attempted assassination in ...more
    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Mashhad, Iran
  • Lars Levi Laestadius
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    Lars Levi Laestadius (10 January 1800 – 21 February 1861) was a Swedish 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 (except for his ongoing use of wine in holy Communion) in the 1840s, when he began successfully awakening his Sami parishioners to the misery and destruction alcohol was causing them.
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1800-1861)
    • Birthplace: Arjeplog, Sweden