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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 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 ...more

Sun Yat-sen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Sun Yat-sen was a Chinese revolutionary, first president and founding father of the Republic of China, and medical practitioner. As the foremost pioneer of the Republic of China, Sun is referred ...more

Idi Amin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Warlords
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, ...more

Charles Taylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor is a Liberian former politician who was the 22nd President of Liberia, serving from 2 August 1997 until his resignation on 11 August 2003. Born in Arthington, ...more

Robert Mugabe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the current President of Zimbabwe, serving since 31 December 1987. As one of the leaders of the rebel groups against white minority rule, he was elected as Prime ...more

Muammar al-Gaddafi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan revolutionary and politician who governed Libya as its primary leader from 1969 to 2011. Taking power in a ...more

Yuan Shikai is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Yuan Shikai was a Chinese general, politician and "emperor", famous for his influence during the late Qing Dynasty, his role in the events leading up to the abdication of the last Qing ...more

Oda Nobunaga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Oda Nobunaga was a powerful samurai daimyo warlord of Japan in the late 16th century who initiated the unification of Japan near the end of the Warring States period. He lived a life of ...more

Zhang Zuolin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Zhang Zuolin . He successfully invaded China proper in October 1924 in the Second Zhili-Fengtian War. He gained control of Peking, including China's internationally recognized government, in ...more

Akhmad Kadyrov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Akhmad Abdulkhamidovich Kadyrov, also spelled Akhmat, was the Chief Mufti of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in the 1990s during and after the First Chechen War. At the outbreak of the Second ...more

Cao Cao is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Cao Cao, courtesy name Mengde, was a warlord and the penultimate Chancellor of the Eastern Han dynasty who rose to great power in the final years of the dynasty. As one of the central figures of ...more

Aslan Maskhadov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Aslan Aliyevich Maskhadov was a leader of the Chechen independence movement and the third President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. He was credited by many with the Chechen victory in the ...more

Joseph Kony is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a guerrilla group which used to operate in Uganda. While initially purporting to fight against government suppression, the LRA allegedly ...more

Baitullah Mehsud is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Baitullah Mehsud was a leading militant in Waziristan, Pakistan, and the leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. He formed the TTP from an alliance of about five militant groups in December ...more

Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Thomas Lubanga Dyilo Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is a convicted war criminal from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the first person ever convicted by the International Criminal Court. He founded and led the Union ...more

Liao Zhongkai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Liao Zhongkai was a Kuomintang leader and financier. He was the principal architect of the first Kuomintang–Chinese Communist Party United Front in the 1920s.

Jonas Savimbi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Jonas Malheiro Savimbi was an Angolan political and military leader. He founded and led the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola. UNITA first waged a guerrilla war against ...more

Ahmad Shah Massoud is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Ahmad Shah Massoud was an Afghan political and military leader, who was a powerful military commander during the resistance against the Soviet occupation between 1979 and 1989 and in the ...more

Kamal Jumblatt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Kamal Fouad Jumblatt was an important Lebanese politician. He was the main leader of the anti-government forces who opposed the Assad government in the Lebanese Civil War and major ally of the ...more

Sani Abacha is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Sani Abacha was a Nigerian Army general and politician who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. Abacha's regime is controversial: although it saw dramatic economic ...more

Jean-Bédel Bokassa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Jean-Bédel Bokassa, also known as Bokassa I of Central Africa and Salah Eddine Ahmed Bokassa, was a military officer and the head of state of the Central African Republic and its ...more

Dany Chamoun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Dany Chamoun was a prominent Lebanese politician. A Maronite Christian, the younger son of former President Camille Chamoun and brother of Dory Chamoun, Dany Chamoun was also a politician in his ...more

Dong Zhuo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Dong Zhuo, courtesy name Zhongying, was a politician and warlord who lived in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. He seized control of the capital Luoyang in 189 when it was in a state of turmoil ...more

Wu Peifu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Wu Peifu or Wu P'ei-fu, was a major figure in the struggles between the warlords who dominated Republican China from 1916 to 1927.

Tony Frangieh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Antoine Frangieh, better known by his diminutive, Tony Frangieh, طوني فرنجية was a Lebanese politician and militia leader during the early years of the Lebanese Civil War.

William Walker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Warlords
William Walker was an American physician, lawyer, journalist and mercenary, who organized several private military expeditions into Latin America, with the intention of establishing ...more

Ramzan Kadyrov is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov is the Head of the Chechen Republic and a former Chechen rebel. He is the son of former Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in May 2004. In February ...more

Feng Yuxiang is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Feng Yuxiang was a warlord and leader in Republican China from Chaohu, Anhui. He served as Vice Premier of the Republic of China from 1928 to 1930. He was also known as the Christian General for ...more

Foday Sankoh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Foday Saybana Sankoh was the leader and founder of the Sierra Leone rebel group Revolutionary United Front in the 11-year-long Sierra Leone Civil War, starting in 1991 and ending in 2002. An ...more

Abdul-Halim Sadulayev is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Abdul-Halim Salamovich Sadulayev was the fourth President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. Sadulayev served little more than a full year as President before being killed in a gun battle with ...more

Abdul Rashid Dostum is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Abdul Rashid Dostum is a Afghan warlord and ethnic Uzbek who has served as Vice President of Afghanistan since 2014. He was previously part of the leadership council of the National Front of ...more

Zhang Xueliang is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Zhang Xueliang or Chang Hsueh-liang, occasionally called Peter Hsueh Liang Chang and nicknamed the "Young Marshal", was the effective ruler of northeast China and much of northern ...more

Chen Jiongming is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Chen Jiongming was a revolutionary figure in the early periods of the Republic of China. Chen Jiongming was born in 1878 at Haifeng, Guangdong, China. He was by training a lawyer and became a ...more

Duan Qirui is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Duan Qirui was a Chinese warlord and politician, commander in the Beiyang Army, and the Provisional Chief Executive of Republic of China from 1924 to 1926 and the Premier from 1916 to 1918. He ...more

Ibn al-Khattab is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Thamir Saleh Abdullah Al-Suwailem, more commonly known as Ibn al-Khattab or Emir Khattab meaning Commander Khattab, or Leader Khattab, and also known as Habib Abdul Rahman, was a Saudi ...more

Feng Guozhang is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Féng Guózhāng, was a key Beiyang Army general and politician in early republican China. He held the office of Vice-President and then President of the Republic of China. He is ...more

Zhang Jinghui is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Zhang Jinghui Zhang Jinghui; was a Chinese general and politician during the Warlord era. He is noted for his role in the Japanese puppet regime of Manchukuo in which he served as its second and final Prime ...more

Yan Xishan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Yan Xishan was a Chinese warlord who served in the government of the Republic of China. Yan effectively controlled the province of Shanxi from the 1911 Xinhai Revolution to the 1949 Communist ...more

Liu Bei is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Liu Bei, courtesy name Xuande, was a warlord in the late Eastern Han dynasty who founded the state of Shu Han in the Three Kingdoms period and became its first ruler. Despite having a later ...more

Tang Jiyao is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Tang Jiyao Tang Jiyao was a Chinese general and warlord of Yunnan during the Warlord Era of Republican China. Tang Jiyao was military governor of Yunnan from 1913-1927.

Cao Kun is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Cao Kun Cao Kun was a President of Republic China and military leader of the Zhili clique in the Beiyang Army, he also served as trustee of the Catholic University of Peking.

Lu Rongting is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Lu Rongting

Sun Chuanfang is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Sun Chuanfang Sun Chuanfang aka the "Nanking Warlord" or leader of the "League of Five Provinces" was a Zhili clique warlord and protégé of the "Jade Marshal" Wu

Burhanuddin Rabbani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Burhanuddin Rabbani was President of the Islamic State of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. After the Taliban government was toppled during Operation Enduring Freedom, Rabbani returned to Kabul and ...more

General Butt Naked is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Joshua Milton Blahyi, better known by his nom de guerre General Butt Naked, is a former commander of forces under the wider control of Liberian warlord Roosevelt Johnson. During the First ...more

Akbar Bugti is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Nawab Akbar Shahbaz Khan Bugti was the Tumandar of the Bugti tribe of Baloch people who served as the Minister of State for Interior and Governor of Balochistan Province in Pakistan. Bugti was ...more

Abdul Ali Mazari is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Abdul Ali Mazari was a political leader of the Hezbe Wahdat during and following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Mazari was an ethnic Hazara, and believed the solution to the internal ...more

Alberto Joaquim Vinama is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Brigadier Alberto Joaquim Vinama, also known as Chendovava, served as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola, the armed wing of UNITA, from January 1985 until his ...more

Wijerd Jelckama is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Wijerd Jelckama was a Frisian military commander, warlord and member of the Arumer Zwarte Hoop. He was the lieutenant of Pier Gerlofs Donia and fought along his side against the Saxon and ...more

Toyotomi Hideyoshi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Warlords
Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a preeminent daimyo, warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period who is regarded as Japan's second "great unifier". He succeeded his former ...more