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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.

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    Adolf Hitler

    Dec. at 56 (1889-1945)
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  • 2

    Joseph Stalin

    Dec. at 75 (1878-1953)
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  • 3

    Mao Zedong

    Dec. at 83 (1893-1976)
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  • 4

    Benito Mussolini

    Dec. at 62 (1883-1945)
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  • 5

    Pol Pot

    Dec. at 73 (1925-1998)
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  • 6

    Kim Jong-il

    Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)
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  • 7

    Saddam Hussein

    Dec. at 69 (1937-2006)
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  • 8
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  • 9
    Kim Jong-un (officially transcribed Kim Jong Un; Korean: 김정은; Korean pronunciation:...  more

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  • 10
    Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (American Spanish: [fiˈðel aleˈxandɾo ˈkastɾo ˈrus]; 13 August 1926...  more

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  • 11

    Chiang Kai-shek

    Dec. at 88 (1887-1975)
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  • 12

    Idi Amin

    Dec. at 78 (1925-2003)
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    Bashar Hafez al-Assad (Arabic: بشار حافظ الأسد‎ Baššār Ḥāfiẓ al-ʾAsad, Levantine...  more

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  • 14

    Ferdinand Marcos

    Dec. at 72 (1917-1989)
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  • 15

    Kim Il-sung

    Dec. at 82 (1912-1994)
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  • 16

    Francisco Franco

    Dec. at 83 (1892-1975)
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  • 17

    Ho Chi Minh

    Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
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  • 18

    Muammar al-Gaddafi

    Dec. at 69 (1942-2011)
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  • 19

    Nikita Khrushchev

    Dec. at 77 (1894-1971)
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  • 20

    Hun Sen

    Age: 68
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  • 21

    Hideki Tōjō

    Dec. at 64 (1884-1948)
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  • 22
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  • 23

    Mobutu Sese Seko

    Dec. at 67 (1930-1997)
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  • 24

    Jean-Claude Duvalier

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
    Jean-Claude Duvalier (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃klod dyvalje]), nicknamed "Baby Doc" (Haitian...  more
  • 25

    Augusto Pinochet

    Dec. at 91 (1915-2006)
    Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte (UK: , US: , Spanish: [auˈɣusto pinoˈ(t)ʃe(t)]; 25 November...  more