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List of Famous Dictators

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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.

  • 1
    Adolf Hitler

    Adolf Hitler

    Dec. at 56 (1889-1945)

    BirthplaceBraunau am Inn, Austria

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  • 2
    Joseph Stalin

    Joseph Stalin

    Dec. at 75 (1878-1953)

    BirthplaceGori, Georgia

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  • 3
    Mao Zedong

    Mao Zedong

    Dec. at 83 (1893-1976)

    BirthplaceShaoshan, China

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  • 4
    Benito Mussolini

    Benito Mussolini

    Dec. at 62 (1883-1945)

    BirthplacePredappio, Italy

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  • 5
    Pol Pot

    Pol Pot

    Dec. at 73 (1925-1998)

    BirthplaceKampong Thom Province, Cambodia

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    Kim Jong-il

    Kim Jong-il

    Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)

    BirthplaceVyatskoye, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia

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  • 7
    Saddam Hussein

    Saddam Hussein

    Dec. at 69 (1937-2006)

    BirthplaceAl-Awja, Iraq

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  • 8
    Robert Mugabe

    BirthplaceZvimba District

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  • 9
    Kim Jong-un

    BirthplacePyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea

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  • 10
    Fidel Castro

    BirthplaceBirán, Cuba

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  • 11
    Chiang Kai-shek

    Chiang Kai-shek

    Dec. at 88 (1887-1975)

    BirthplaceXikou, China

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  • 12
    Idi Amin

    Idi Amin

    Dec. at 78 (1925-2003)

    BirthplaceKoboko, Uganda

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  • 13
    Bashar al-Assad

    BirthplaceDamascus, Syria

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  • 14
    Ferdinand Marcos

    Ferdinand Marcos

    Dec. at 72 (1917-1989)

    BirthplaceSarrat, Philippines

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  • 15
    Kim Il-sung

    Kim Il-sung

    Dec. at 82 (1912-1994)

    BirthplacePyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea

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  • 16
    Francisco Franco

    Francisco Franco

    Dec. at 83 (1892-1975)

    BirthplaceSpain, Ferrol

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  • 17
    Ho Chi Minh

    Ho Chi Minh

    Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

    BirthplaceKim Lien, Vietnam

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  • 18
    Muammar al-Gaddafi

    Muammar al-Gaddafi

    Dec. at 69 (1942-2011)

    BirthplaceQasr Abu Hadi

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  • 19
    Nikita Khrushchev

    Nikita Khrushchev

    Dec. at 77 (1894-1971)

    BirthplaceKalinovka, Russia

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  • 20
    Hun Sen

    Hun Sen

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceStueng Trang District

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  • 21
    Hideki Tōjō

    Hideki Tōjō

    Dec. at 64 (1884-1948)

    BirthplaceKōjimachi, Tokyo

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  • 22
    Pervez Musharraf

    BirthplaceIndia, Delhi

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  • 23
    Mobutu Sese Seko

    Mobutu Sese Seko

    Dec. at 67 (1930-1997)

    BirthplaceLisala, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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  • 24
    Jean-Claude Duvalier

    Jean-Claude Duvalier

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

    BirthplacePort-au-Prince, Haiti

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  • 25
    Augusto Pinochet

    Augusto Pinochet

    Dec. at 91 (1915-2006)

    BirthplaceValparaíso, Chile

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