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This list of the most notable and famous dictators in the world is ordered by their level of importance and notoriety. From ruthless dictators (many of which are considered the worst dictators ever) to lesser known tinpot dictators in history - this list of dictators should help answer the question, "who are the most famous dictators in the world?"

Infamous dictators of the world are often thought of as tyrants - leaders who rule with iron fists, cruelty, unflinching authority, and a lack of opposition. This world dictators list has everyone from Adolf Hitler to Kim Jong Un to many lesser-known rulers. Many of the dictators on this list are considered some of the worst people in the history of the world.

It's easy to dehumanize them in your mind, but there were actually many dictators who painted and plenty of other dictators who had weird collections. Who would have thought? If you want to learn more about modern dictators, find out which countries are ruled by dictatorships in present day.

Read on to learn about the top dictators from history and today.

Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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 F├╝hrer 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 ...more

Age: Died at 56 (1889-1945)

Birthplace: Braunau am Inn, Austria

Nationality: German Reich

Profession: Politician, Soldier, Writer, Artist

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#25 on The Most Important Military Leaders in World History

#16 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#62 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#49 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

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Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous 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 ...more

Age: Died at 75 (1878-1953)

Birthplace: Gori, Georgia

Nationality: Russian Empire, Soviet Union

Profession: Politician, Soldier

Also Ranked

#77 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#63 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#44 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#4 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous 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 ...more

Age: Died at 83 (1893-1976)

Birthplace: Shaoshan, China

Nationality: China, Empire of the Great Qing

Profession: Librarian, Politician

Also Ranked

#71 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#67 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#13 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Benito Mussolini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous 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. ...more

Age: Died at 62 (1883-1945)

Birthplace: Predappio, Italy

Nationality: Kingdom of Italy, Italian Social Republic

Profession: Politician, Journalist, Writer

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