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List of Famous Warlords

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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.
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  • Chiang Kai-shek
    Chiang Kai-shek (; 31 October 1887 – 5 April 1975), also known as Generalissimo Chiang or...  more

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  • Sun Yat-sen
    Sun Yat-sen (; 12 November 1866 – 12 March 1925) was a Chinese politician, physician and...  more
  • Idi Amin
    Idi Amin Dada Oumee (; c. 1925 – 16 August 2003) was a Ugandan military officer who served as...  more

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  • Charles Taylor
    Charles McArthur Ghankay Taylor (born 28 January 1948) is a Liberian war criminal and former...  more
  • Robert Mugabe
    Robert Gabriel Mugabe (; Shona: [muɡaɓe]; born 21 February 1924) is a Zimbabwean revolutionary...  more

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  • Muammar al-Gaddafi
    Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi (; c. 1942 – 20 October 2011), commonly known as Colonel...  more

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  • Yuan Shikai
    Yuan Shikai (Chinese: 袁世凱; pinyin: Yuán Shìkǎi; 16 September 1859 – 6 June 1916) was a Chinese...  more
  • Oda Nobunaga
    Oda Nobunaga (織田 信長, Oda Nobunaga, listen; June 23, 1534 – June 21, 1582) was a powerful...  more

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  • Zhang Zuolin
    Zhang Zuolin (simplified Chinese: 张作霖; traditional Chinese: 張作霖; pinyin: Zhāng Zuòlín;...  more
  • Akhmad Kadyrov
    Akhmad-Haji Abdulkhamidovich Kadyrov (Russian: Ахмат-Хаджи Абдулхамидович Кадыров; Chechen:...  more
  • Cao Cao
    Cao Cao (pronunciation ; [tsʰǎu tsʰáu]; Chinese: 曹操; c. 155 – 15 March 220), courtesy name...  more
  • Aslan Maskhadov
    Aslan (Khalid) Aliyevich Maskhadov (Russian: Асла́н (Хали́д) Али́евич Масха́дов; Chechen:...  more
  • Joseph Kony
    Joseph Rao Kony (pronounced [koɲ]; likely born 1961) is the leader of the Lord's Resistance...  more
  • Baitullah Mehsud
    Baitullah Mehsud (Pashto,Urdu: بیت اللہ محسود‎); c. 1972 – c. 5 August 2009) was a leading...  more
  • Thomas Lubanga Dyilo

    Thomas Lubanga Dyilo

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  • Liao Zhongkai
    Liao Zhongkai (April 23, 1877 – August 20, 1925) was a Kuomintang leader and financier. He was...  more
  • Jonas Savimbi
    Jonas Malheiro Savimbi (Portuguese: [ˈʒonɐs ˈsavĩbi]; 3 August 1934 – 22 February 2002) was an...  more
  • Ahmad Shah Massoud
    Ahmad Shah Massoud (Dari Persian/Pashto: احمد شاه مسعود; September 2, 1953 – September 9,...  more
  • Kamal Jumblatt
    Kamal Fouad Jumblatt (Arabic: كمال فؤاد جنبلاط‎) (December 6, 1917 – March 16, 1977) was a...  more
  • Sani Abacha
    Sani Abacha (pronunciation ; 20 September 1943 – 8 June 1998) was a Nigerian Army officer and...  more
  • Jean-Bédel Bokassa
    Jean-Bédel Bokassa ([ʒɑ̃ bedɛl bɔkasa]; 22 February 1921 – 3 November 1996), also known as...  more
  • Dany Chamoun
    Dany Chamoun (Arabic: داني شمعون‎) (26 August 1934 – 21 October 1990) was a prominent Lebanese...  more
  • Dong Zhuo
    Dong Zhuo (pronunciation ) (died 22 May 192), courtesy name Zhongying, was a military general...  more
  • Wu Peifu
    Wu Peifu or Wu P'ei-fu (simplified Chinese: 吴佩孚; traditional Chinese: 吳佩孚; pinyin: Wú Pèifú;...  more
  • Tony Frangieh
    Antoine Frangieh (1 September 1941 – 13 June 1978), better known by his diminutive, Tony...  more