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.
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 (21 February 1924 – 6 September 2019) was a Zimbabwean dictator who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017. He ...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.