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26 Intimidating World Leaders Who You Never Realized Were Super Short 

Katia Kleyman
Updated May 28, 2020 64.8k views 26 items

While they may tower over peoples' daily lives, many world leaders actually come up a bit short when it comes to height. In fact, throughout history many powerful leaders fell on the punier side, some not even making it to five feet! These super short historical figures still made a big impact on the world, and not always in a good way. One of the shortest leaders on this list was responsible for the death of about 20 million people. Do you think it’s because he had a Napoleon complex? Fun fact: Napoleon Bonaparte is actually tied for the tallest of these short world leaders.

Some psychologists claim that short people in positions of power tend to perceive themselves as being taller. Many members of the British monarchy have equated their height to their royal power. A lot of these short leaders also employ tricks to make themselves seem taller to the public, like manipulating camera angles and wearing platform shoes. You’ll be really surprised at how short some of these leaders are (or were), because you probably expected them to be giants with all that power in their hands.

Napoleon Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 26 Intimidating World Leaders Who You Never Realized Were Super Short
Photo: Jacques-Louis David [Public domain]/Wikimedia Commons

Age: Dec. at 52 (1769-1821)

Birthplace: Ajaccio, France

Nationality: France

Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 26 Intimidating World Leaders Who You Never Realized Were Super Short
Photo: Common Good/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often,” … and to be short is to not grow.  

Age: Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)

Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Yasuo Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 26 Intimidating World Leaders Who You Never Realized Were Super Short
Photo: Chris Greenburg [Public Domain]/Wikimedia Commons

Though shorter than Bush, Fukuda recognizes who's the bigger man in this photo.

Age: 82

Birthplace: Takasaki, Japan

Nationality: Japan

Benito Mussolini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 26 Intimidating World Leaders Who You Never Realized Were Super Short
Photo: Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons

More like Benito Musso-weeny.

Age: Dec. at 62 (1883-1945)

Birthplace: Predappio, Italy

Nationality: Kingdom of Italy, Italian Social Republic