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List of famous leaders of the 20th century who played a pivotal role in their era and influenced future generations with their great deeds.

John Maxwell’s quote, ‘A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way’ can best describe what distinguishing qualities great leaders have. Ever since the start of the civilization, there have been great political leaders who have led from the front and have been able to convert their vision into reality. They changed the paradigm of living life and influenced future generations with their inspirational and motivational thoughts, ideals and principles. Their influence is noteworthy as till date, these great leaders continue to exert a strong control over our life, inspiring us, entertaining us, challenging us and changing our world with their beliefs, ethics and standards set. The 20th century saw a surge of political leaders globally who changed the world, for better or worse. When Adolf Hitler took over the command over Germany, not many anticipated what his reign would be like. Arguably, the most debatable personality of the century, he was the cruellest and most hated leader in world history but with great leadership skills. Having said that, there have been many leaders who are honoured and loved till date for their work, be it John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mikhail Gorbachev and so on. Explore this section to know more about some of the famous leaders of the 20th century.
Barack ObamaBarack Obama

04 August 1961

Honolulu

American

Leo

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau

25 December 1971

Ottawa, Canada

Canadian

Capricorn

Donald TrumpDonald Trump

14 June 1946

New York City, New York, U.S.

American

Gemini

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton

26 October 1947

Chicago

American

Scorpio

Augusto PinochetAugusto Pinochet

25 November 1915

10 December 2006

Valparaíso

Chilean

Sagittarius

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders

08 September 1941

Brooklyn

American

Virgo

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin

07 October 1952

Saint Petersburg

Soviet Russian,Russian

Libra

Pierre TrudeauPierre Trudeau

18 October 1919

28 September 2000

Montreal, Quebec

Canadian

Libra

Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan

06 February 1911

05 June 2004

Tampico

American

Aquarius

Bashar al-AssadBashar al-Assad

11 September 1965

Damascus

Syrian

Virgo

Pope FrancisPope Francis

17 December 1936

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentine

Sagittarius

Ted CruzTed Cruz

22 December 1970

Calgary

American

Sagittarius

Bill ClintonBill Clinton

19 August 1946

Hope, Arkansas, U.S.

American

Leo

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger

30 July 1947

Thal

Austrian

Leo

George W. BushGeorge W. Bush

06 July 1946

New Haven

American

Cancer

Marco RubioMarco Rubio

28 May 1971

Miami

American

Gemini

A.P.J. Abdul KalamA.P.J. Abdul Kalam

15 October 1931

27 July 2015

Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu

Indian

Libra

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi

17 September 1950

Vadnagar

Indian

Virgo

George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush

12 June 1924

Milton

American

Gemini

Jeb BushJeb Bush

11 February 1953

Midland

American

Aquarius

Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter

01 October 1924

Plains, Georgia, U.S.

American

Libra

Dalai LamaDalai Lama

06 July 1935

Taktser, Qinghai

Tibetan

Cancer

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela

18 July 1918

05 December 2013

Mvezo

South African

Cancer

Mother TeresaMother Teresa

26 August 1910

05 September 1997

Skopje

Indian

Virgo

Richard NixonRichard Nixon

09 January 1913

22 April 1994

Yorba Linda, California, U.S.

American

Capricorn

Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher

13 October 1925

08 April 2013

Grantham

British

Libra

John McCainJohn McCain

29 August 1936

Coco Solo

American

Virgo

Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein

28 April 1937

30 December 2006

Al-Awja

Iraqi

Taurus

Che GuevaraChe Guevara

14 June 1928

09 October 1967

Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

Argentine

Gemini

Joe BidenJoe Biden

20 November 1942

Scranton

American

Scorpio

David CameronDavid Cameron

09 October 1966

London

British

Libra

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel

17 July 1954

Hamburg

German

Cancer

Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi

07 June 1942

20 October 2011

Qasr Abu Hadi

Libyan

Gemini

Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson

27 August 1908

22 January 1973

Stonewall

American

Virgo

Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un

08 January 1983

Pyongyang

Korean

Capricorn

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II

18 May 1920

02 April 2005

Wadowice

Polish

Taurus

Jesse VenturaJesse Ventura

15 July 1951

Minneapolis, Minnesota

American

Cancer

Fidel CastroFidel Castro

13 August 1926

26 November 2016

Birán, Cuba

Cuban

Leo

Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu Kyi

19 June 1945

Yangon

Burmese

Gemini

Xi JinpingXi Jinping

15 June 1953

Beijing

Chinese

Gemini

Gerald FordGerald Ford

14 July 1913

26 December 2006

Omaha

American

Cancer

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi

19 November 1917

31 October 1984

Allahabad

Indian

Scorpio

Idi AminIdi Amin

1925 AD

16 August 2003

Koboko, Uganda

Ugandan

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu

21 October 1949

Tel Aviv

Israeli

Libra

Tony BlairTony Blair

06 May 1953

Edinburgh

British

Taurus

Catherine, Duchess of CambridgeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge

09 January 1982

Royal Berkshire Hospital

British

Capricorn

Henry KissingerHenry Kissinger

27 May 1923

Germany

American

Gemini

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev

02 March 1931

Stavropol

Soviet Russian,Russian

Pisces

François HollandeFrançois Hollande

12 August 1954

Rouen

French

Leo

Bobby JindalBobby Jindal

10 June 1971

Baton Rouge

American

Gemini

Recep Tayyip ErdoğanRecep Tayyip Erdoğan

26 February 1954

Kasımpaşa

Turkish

Pisces

Yasser ArafatYasser Arafat

24 August 1929

11 November 2004

Cairo

Palestinian

Virgo

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe

21 September 1954

Tokyo

Japanese

Virgo

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy

20 November 1925

06 June 1968

Brookline, Massachusetts

American

Scorpio

Kim Jong-ilKim Jong-il

16 February 1941

17 December 2011

Vyatskoye, Khabarovsk Krai

Korean

Aquarius

Alexander LukashenkoAlexander Lukashenko

30 August 1954

Kopys

Belarusian

Virgo

Dick CheneyDick Cheney

30 January 1941

Casper

American

Aquarius

Mauricio MacriMauricio Macri

08 February 1959

Tandil, Argentina

Argentine

Aquarius

Jerry SpringerJerry Springer

13 February 1944

Highgate

American

Aquarius

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping

22 August 1904

19 February 1997

Guang'an, Sichuan

Chinese

Leo

Pol PotPol Pot

19 May 1925

15 April 1998

Kampong Thom Province, French Indochina

Cambodian

Taurus

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh

27 September 1907

23 March 1931

Jaranwala Tehsil

Indian

Libra

Sarah PalinSarah Palin

11 February 1964

Sandpoint

American

Aquarius

Joseph McCarthyJoseph McCarthy

14 November 1908

02 May 1957

Grand Chute, Wisconsin, United States

American

Scorpio

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin

01 February 1931

23 April 2007

Butka

Russian

Aquarius

Nawaz SharifNawaz Sharif

25 December 1949

Lahore

Pakistani

Capricorn

AkihitoAkihito

23 December 1933

Tokyo

Japanese

Capricorn

Chris ChristieChris Christie

06 September 1962

Newark

American

Virgo

Park Geun-hyePark Geun-hye

02 February 1952

Jung District, Taegu, South Korea

South Korean

Aquarius

Enrique Peña NietoEnrique Peña Nieto

20 July 1966

Atlacomulco, State of Mexico, Mexico

Mexican

Cancer

Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi

26 October 1919

27 July 1980

Tehran

Iranian

Scorpio

Ron PaulRon Paul

20 August 1935

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

American

Leo

Nicolas SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy

28 January 1955

Paris

French

Aquarius

Nicolae CeaușescuNicolae Ceaușescu

26 January 1918

25 December 1989

Scornicești

Romanian

Aquarius

Otto Pérez MolinaOtto Pérez Molina

01 December 1950

Guatemala City

Guatemalan

Sagittarius

Hugo ChavezHugo Chavez

28 July 1954

05 March 2013

Sabaneta, Venezuela

Venezuelan

Leo

Pranab MukherjeePranab Mukherjee

11 December 1935

Mirati

Indian

Sagittarius

Benigno Aquino IIIBenigno Aquino III

08 February 1960

Manila, Philippines

Filipino

Aquarius

Cristina Fernández de KirchnerCristina Fernández de Kirchner

19 February 1953

La Plata

Argentine

Aquarius

Robert MugabeRobert Mugabe

21 February 1924

Harare

Zimbabwean

Pisces

Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei

17 July 1939

Mashhad

Iranian

Cancer

Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice

14 November 1954

Birmingham, Alabama

American

Scorpio

Ferdinand MarcosFerdinand Marcos

11 September 1917

28 September 1989

Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippine Islands

Filipino

Virgo

Colin PowellColin Powell

05 April 1937

New York City

American

Aries

Rodrigo DuterteRodrigo Duterte

28 March 1945

Maasin, Philippines

Filipino

Aries

Ross PerotRoss Perot

27 June 1930

Texarkana, Texas

American

Cancer

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan

11 May 1933

The Bronx

American

Taurus

Mohamed MorsiMohamed Morsi

08 August 1951

El-Adwah

Egyptian

Leo

Hafez al-AssadHafez al-Assad

06 October 1930

10 June 2000

Qardaha

Syrian

Libra

Mahmoud AbbasMahmoud Abbas

26 March 1935

Safed

Palestinian

Aries

Kim Il-sungKim Il-sung

15 April 1912

08 July 1994

Pyongyang

Korean

Aries

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson

19 June 1964

New York City

American

Gemini

Yitzhak RabinYitzhak Rabin

01 March 1922

04 November 1995

Jerusalem

Israeli

Pisces

Lal Bahadur ShastriLal Bahadur Shastri

02 October 1904

11 January 1966

Ramnagar, Varanasi, United Provinces, British Raj

Indian

Libra

Queen Rania of JordanQueen Rania of Jordan

31 August 1970

Kuwait City

Jordanian

Virgo

Lee Hsien LoongLee Hsien Loong

10 February 1952

Singapore

Singaporean

Aquarius

Abdullah of Saudi ArabiaAbdullah of Saudi Arabia

01 August 1924

23 January 2015

Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd (now Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Arabian

Leo

Tony BennTony Benn

03 April 1925

14 March 2014

Marylebone

British

Aries

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev

19 December 1906

10 November 1982

Kamenskoe, Yekaterinoslav Governorate, Russian Empire

Soviet Russian,Ukrainian,Russian

Sagittarius

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