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List of famous warlords, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top warlords in the world? This includes the most prominent warlords, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable warlords is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic warlords were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned warlords.

List features people like Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Chiang Kai-shek and more! Featuring African warlords, Chinese warlords, Japanese warlords, Liberian warlords, African warlords, and other warlords of ancient history, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known warlords to the lesser known warlords of today, these are some of the best professionals in the warlord field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous warlords ever?" and "What are the names of famous warlords?" then you're in the right place.
Chiang Kai-shek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Chiang Kai-shek (; 31 October 1887 – 5 April 1975), also known as Generalissimo Chiang or Chiang Chungcheng and romanized as Chiang Chieh-shih or Jiang Jieshi, was a Chinese nationalist ...more

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Sun Yat-sen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Sun Yat-sen (; 12 November 1866 – 12 March 1925) was a Chinese politician, physician and philosopher who provisionally served as the first president of the Republic of China; and the first ...more

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Idi Amin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Idi Amin Dada Oumee (; c. 1925 – 16 August 2003) was a Ugandan military officer who served as the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. Popularly known as the "Butcher of Uganda," he ...more

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Charles Taylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor (born 28 January 1948) is a Liberian war criminal and former politician who served as the 22nd President of Liberia from 2 August 1997 until his resignation on 11 ...more
Robert Mugabe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Robert Gabriel Mugabe (; Shona: [muɡaɓe]; born 21 February 1924) is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President ...more

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Muammar al-Gaddafi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi (; c. 1942 – 20 October 2011), commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He governed Libya as ...more

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Yuan Shikai is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Yuan Shikai (Chinese: 袁世凱; pinyin: Yuán Shìkǎi; 16 September 1859 – 6 June 1916) was a Chinese military and government official who rose to power during the late Qing dynasty. He ...more
Oda Nobunaga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Oda Nobunaga (織田 信長, Oda Nobunaga, listen; June 23, 1534 – June 21, 1582) was a powerful daimyō (feudal lord) of Japan in the late 16th century who attempted to unify Japan during the late ...more

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Zhang Zuolin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Zhang Zuolin (simplified Chinese: 张作霖; traditional Chinese: 張作霖; pinyin: Zhāng Zuòlín; Wade–Giles: Chang Tso-lin) (19 March 1875 – 4 June 1928) was an influential Chinese bandit, ...more
Akhmad Kadyrov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Akhmad-Haji Abdulkhamidovich Kadyrov (Russian: Ахмат-Хаджи Абдулхамидович Кадыров; Chechen: Къадири lабдулхьамидан кlант Ахьмад-Хьажи / Q̇adiri Jabdulẋamidan khant Aẋmad-Ẋaƶi; 23 August 1951 – 9 ...more
Cao Cao is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Cao Cao (pronunciation ; [tsʰǎu tsʰáu]; Chinese: 曹操; c. 155 – 15 March 220), courtesy name Mengde, was a Chinese warlord and the penultimate Chancellor of the Eastern Han dynasty who rose ...more
Aslan Maskhadov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Aslan (Khalid) Aliyevich Maskhadov (Russian: Асла́н (Хали́д) Али́евич Масха́дов; Chechen: Аслан Али кӏант Масхадан, romanized: Aslan Ali-khant Masxadan; 21 September 1951 – 8 March 2005) was a ...more
Joseph Kony is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Joseph Rao Kony (pronounced [koɲ]; likely born 1961) is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a guerrilla group that formerly operated in Uganda. While initially purporting to fight ...more
Baitullah Mehsud is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Baitullah Mehsud (Pashto,Urdu: بیت اللہ محسود‎); c. 1972 – c. 5 August 2009) was a leading militant in Waziristan, Pakistan, and the leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He formed the ...more
Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Thomas Lubanga Dyilo
Thomas Lubanga Dyilo (born 29 December 1960) is a convicted war criminal from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the first person ever convicted by the International Criminal Court ...more
Liao Zhongkai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Liao Zhongkai (April 23, 1877 – August 20, 1925) was a Kuomintang leader and financier. He was the principal architect of the first Kuomintang–Chinese Communist Party (KMT–CCP) United Front in ...more
Jonas Savimbi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Jonas Malheiro Savimbi (Portuguese: [ˈʒonɐs ˈsavĩbi]; 3 August 1934 – 22 February 2002) was an anti-communist and anti-colonialist Angolan political and military leader who founded and led the ...more
Ahmad Shah Massoud is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Ahmad Shah Massoud (Dari Persian/Pashto: احمد شاه مسعود; September 2, 1953 – September 9, 2001) was an Afghan politician and military commander. He was a powerful guerilla commander during the ...more
Kamal Jumblatt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Kamal Fouad Jumblatt (Arabic: كمال فؤاد جنبلاط‎) (December 6, 1917 – March 16, 1977) was a prominent Lebanese politician. He was the main leader of the anti-government forces who opposed the ...more
Sani Abacha is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Sani Abacha (pronunciation ; 20 September 1943 – 8 June 1998) was a Nigerian Army officer and dictator who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 until his death in 1998. He is ...more
Jean-Bédel Bokass... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Jean-Bédel Bokassa ([ʒɑ̃ bedɛl bɔkasa]; 22 February 1921 – 3 November 1996), also known as Bokassa I, was a Central African political and military leader who served as the 2nd President ...more
Dany Chamoun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Dany Chamoun (Arabic: داني شمعون‎) (26 August 1934 – 21 October 1990) was a prominent Lebanese politician. A Maronite Christian, the younger son of former President Camille Chamoun and brother ...more
Dong Zhuo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Dong Zhuo (pronunciation ) (died 22 May 192), courtesy name Zhongying, was a military general and warlord who lived in the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. He seized control of the capital ...more
Wu Peifu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Wu Peifu or Wu P'ei-fu (simplified Chinese: 吴佩孚; traditional Chinese: 吳佩孚; pinyin: Wú Pèifú; IPA: [ú pʰèɪ̯fú]; April 22, 1874 – December 4, 1939), was a ...more
Tony Frangieh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Antoine Frangieh (1 September 1941 – 13 June 1978), better known by his diminutive, Tony Frangieh, طوني فرنجية ) was a Lebanese politician and militia commander during the early years of the ...more