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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.

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Kim Jong-un is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Kim Jong-un is the supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He is the son of Kim Jong-il and the grandson of Kim Il-sung. He has held the titles of the First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Chairman of the National ...more

Age: 34

Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea

Nationality: North Korea

Profession: Politician

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Fidel Castro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist-Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. ...more

Age: 90

Birthplace: BirĂ¡n, Cuba

Nationality: Cuba

Profession: Politician, Lawyer

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#9 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Chiang Kai-shek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975. He is known as Chiang Chung-cheng or Chiang Chieh-shih in Standard Chinese. Chiang was an influential member of the Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party, and was ...more

Age: Died at 88 (1887-1975)

Birthplace: Xikou, China

Nationality: China

Profession: Politician, Soldier, Warlord, Generalissimo

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#40 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Idi Amin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Dictators
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Idi Amin Dada was the third President of Uganda, ruling from 1971 to 1979. Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King's African Rifles in 1946, serving in Kenya and Uganda. Eventually, Amin held the rank of major general in the post-colonial Ugandan Army and became its commander before ...more

Age: Died at 78 (1925-2003)

Birthplace: Koboko, Uganda

Nationality: Uganda

Profession: Politician, Soldier

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