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List of famous leaders with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

From head-girl in school to a lieutenant in the army, leadership skills matter throughout life. It is said that leaders are not always born; sometimes people acquire the skills and talent eventually to become a leader. Whatever may be the case, leaders are crucial in bringing out the best and providing the much required guidance to their followers. The qualities of a good leader are often debated. It is often questioned if a dynamic personality, good management skills and a notable finesse in everything he or she does is enough to make a good leader. However, in addition to this a great leader often shows empathy towards his subordinates and encouragement for their skills and talent. A leader shows the way to a group but has to always remain humble and rooted. From Mahatma Gandhi to Abraham Lincoln, the whole world has needed a leader from time immemorial. A leader leads, helps to fight for our rights, revolt and bring about change and finally to achieve the impossible. Discover this space for the list of famous Leaders of the world with their biographies that include trivia and interesting facts about them and also tracing their timeline and life history.
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Little did Jainulabdeen and Ashiamma know that their son would grow up to be the first citizen of India. An Indian scientist and administrator, ...

Aaron Burr Aaron Burr

When Aaron Burr Jr was born, little did his parents, Aaron Burr Sr. and Esther Edwards, knew that their son would go on to hold the chair of the ...

Abba Eban Abba Eban

Abba Eban was an Israeli politician, and diplomat. He was a man of great prominence in Israel’s political scene post World War-II. Though his ...

Abbe Pierre Abbe Pierre

Popularly known as the founder of the Emmaus movement, Abbe Pierre, a French Catholic priest gave his life serving the poor, homeless people and ...

Abdelaziz Bouteflika Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Abdelaziz Bouteflika is the fifth President of Algeria. After Algeria became independent, he joined the then President, Ahmed Ben Bella’s ...

Abdou Diouf Abdou Diouf

Abdou Diouf was the second President of Senegal; he served from 1981 to 2000. He is regarded as a prominent African leader with a remarkable ...

Abdoulaye Wade Abdoulaye Wade

A politician, lawyer and professor by profession, Abdoulaye Wade secured the chair of the President of Senegal for twelve years and has been ...

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Abdullah Ahmad Badaw...

The 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is one of the most prolific Malaysian politicians that the country has ever had. ...

Abdurrahman Wahid Abdurrahman Wahid

Abdurrahman Wahid, the 4th President of the Republic of Indonesia, was born in a prominent family, and represented Indonesia’s modern and ...

Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln

Turn the pages of America’s political history, and you are sure to find one man who clearly outshines all others and manages to attract the ...

Abraham Whipple Abraham Whipple

Hundreds of men fought to the best possible extent for America’s freedom from the British colonial rule. One such great hero of the American ...

Adi Da Adi Da

Better known as ‘Adi Da Samraj’, Franklin Jones has brought not only a new belief system to this world but also introduced a new set of ...

Adlai Stevenson I Adlai Stevenson I

Born in Christian County, Kentucky, Adlai Ewing Stevenson I was twice elected into the United States House of Representatives and eventually ...

Adlai Stevenson II Adlai Stevenson II

Born into an affluent political family, Adlai Stevenson II was the grandson of Adlai E. Stevenson I, former Vice President of the United States. ...

Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler

‘Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all’, said the head of the Nazi Party and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, ...

Aga Khan IV Aga Khan IV

Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (IV) is a Swiss-born British business tycoon, as well as the 49th and current Imam of ‘Nizari ...

Agnes Macphail Agnes Macphail

Agnes Campbell Macphail was the first woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons. She was also was one of the first two women elected to the ...

Ahmadou Ahidjo Ahmadou Ahidjo

Ahmadou Babatoura Ahidjo was the first President of Cameroon. He was born to a Muslim chieftain and one of his slave wives. Encouraged by his ...

Ahmed Ben Bella Ahmed Ben Bella

Ahmed Ben Bella is remembered as one of the greatest figures in Arab nationalism. As a young boy in school, he was deeply affected by the racial ...

Ahmed Chalabi Ahmed Chalabi

Ahmed Chalabi is an Iraqi politician who was deputy Prime Minister between 2005 and 2006. He also served as an Oil Minister for a brief period ...

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Akbar Hashemi Rafsan...

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is one of the great political leaders produced by Iran. Born in a family of farmers, Rafsanjani was rational in his ...

Akhenaten Akhenaten

Akhenaten was an Egyptian Pharaoh who ruled for 17 years and died perhaps in 1336 BC or 1334 BC. While most rulers would think of invading ...

Akihito Akihito

Emperor Akihito is one of the very few emperors of the modern world who has earned the reputation of being the ideal leader. The kind nature of ...

Akong Rinpoche Akong Rinpoche

Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche was tulku of the ‘Karma Kagyu’ lineage, who played a vital role in establishing Tibetan Buddhism worldwide. Born ...

Akua Dansua Akua Dansua

Akua Dansua is a Ghanaian journalist and politician who was a Member of Parliament for more than a decade. Born and raised in Ghana, she ...

Al Franken Al Franken

Al Franken is one of the most recognized and celebrated politician of United States, who presently serves as the United States Senator from ...

Alan Cranston Alan Cranston

Alan Cranston was an American journalist and a Democratic Senator from California. Hailing from a rich family of real estate developers, he ...

Alan Garcia Alan Perez

Alan Garcia Perez is a former president of Peru and leader of the Peruvian Aprista Party. He was president of Peru for two terms – from 1985 ...

Albert John Luthuli Albert John Luthuli

Albert John Luthuli, the president of the African National Congress, was an African politician and teacher. A noble man and an adamant leader, ...

Alberto Fujimori Alberto Fujimori

Alberto Fujimori is a former Peruvian politician who went on to become the President of Peru and served in that capacity for nearly a decade. ...

Alexander DubÄek Alexander Dubček...

Alexander Dubcek was a Slovak politician, best remembered for the key role he played during the Prague Spring, a period of political ...

Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was one of the important pioneers in the early formation of the American government. He participated in Washington's ...

Alexander Lukashenko Alexander Lukashenko

Alexander Lukashenko is the current President of Belarus; he has been in the power since 1994. Before he ventured into politics, he worked in ...

Alexander Severus Alexander Severus

Alexander Severus, also called Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander Augustus, was a Roman Emperor who was the last emperor of the Severan dynasty. ...

 	Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin Alexandre Auguste Le...

Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin was a French politician and lawyer whose active radical and political activism earned him a prominent place in ...

Alexei Kosygin Alexei Kosygin

Alexei Kosygin was an important statesman of Soviet-Russia during the cold war. As part of his evacuation process of civilians from Leningrad, ...

Alf Landon Alf Landon

Alf Landon was an American Republican politician, who became the 26th Governor of Kansas. He was one of the most influential political ...

Alfred Smith Alfred Emanuel Smith

Alfred Emanuel “Al” Smith was an American politician who served as the Governor of New York for four times and became the first ever ...

Alfred Jodl Alfred Jodl

Alfred Jodl was a top German military commander during the World War II and one of the leading spearheads of the Nazi movement. He was a war ...

Alfred Rosenberg Alfred Rosenberg

Born in Russia, Alfred Rosenberg was one of the leading ideologists of the Nazi Party who played a decisive role in shaping the Nazi philosophy. ...

Ali Khamenei Ali Khamenei

Ali Khamenei is the current Supreme Leader of Iran, serving in this position since 1989. Once named as the 21st in the list of ‘The World's ...

Alija Izetbegovic Alija Izetbegovic

Alija Izetbegovic, the first president of the Bosnia-Herzegovina was a Bosnian activist who ruled the nation during one of the bloodiest phases ...

Altaf Hussain Altaf Hussain

Altaf Hussain is a famous exiled Pakistani politician who currently lives in Britain. Hussain's large and extended family was amongst the ...

Alva Myrdal Alva Myrdal

Alva Myrdal was a Swedish politician, diplomat and a sociologist, best remembered as the winner of 1982 Nobel Prize for Peace. She worked ...

Anastasio Somoza García Anastasio Somoza Gar...

Anastasio Somoza Garcia was the long-time president of Nicaragua and founder of a dynasty that ruled the country for 50 years. He was born to ...

André-Marie Mbida André-Marie Mbida...

Andre-Marie Mbida was the first head of state of Cameroon. Born to an elite and powerful family in the north of his country, he enjoyed a ...

Andrew Bonar Law Andrew Bonar Law

Andrew Bonar Law was a British Conservative Party statesman and Prime Minister, often referred to as the ‘Unknown Prime Minister’. He ...

Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of United States and the first one to be elected from the Democratic Party. He was a lawyer, planter, ...

Andrew Johnson - 17 President of the United States of America From April 15, 1865 to March 4, 1869 Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of United States of America, rose to the position (while he was serving as the vice-president) when President ...

Anne Boleyn Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn was one of the six wives of Henry VIII whose brief but amazing life continues to interest historians. She was the queen of England ...

Antanas Smetona Antanas Smetona

Antanas Smetona was a very significant Lithuanian political leader who represented strong national interests and was at the helm of Lithuania's ...

Anthony De Mello Anthony De Mello

Anthony de Mello, a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist, is well known for his writings and spiritual conferences. Born on 4th September 1931, in ...

Anthony Wayne Anthony Wayne

Anthony Wayne was one of the important military generals and statesmen who contributed extensively in the American Revolution. During his ...

Anton Haus Anton Haus

Admiral Anton Haus was the Commander in Chief of the Austro-Hungarian navy during World War I. He was a well-known naval strategist who saw ...

Antonis Samaras Antonis Samaras

Antonis Samaras is a Greek politician who served as the Prime Minister of Greece from June 2012 to January 2015. A man with a rich political ...

Anwar Sadat Anwar Sadat

Anwar Sadat was the 3rd President of Egypt, following two terms as the Vice President under his friend Gamal Abdel Nasser. The two of them had ...

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Archduke Franz Ferdi...

Franz Ferdinand was an Archduke of Austria-Este and the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Initially he was only third in line to ...

Archibald Alexander Archibald Alexander

Archibald Alexander was an American Presbyterian theologian and professor, who was the founder and first principal of Princeton Theological ...

Ariel Sharon Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon is the former Prime Minister of Israel and a military leader. He is ranked among the most powerful leaders in the history of ...

Arthur Balfour Arthur Balfour

Arthur Balfour was one of the most prominent politicians of the United Kingdom, who lived in the 19th century. Entering politics wasn’t too ...

Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley, 1s...

One among the world’s most legendary military leaders, Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington was perhaps the greatest of British ...

Aruna Asaf Ali Aruna Asaf Ali

Popularly known as the Grand Old Lady of the Independence Movement, Aruna Asaf Ali was an Indian Independence activist and a freedom fighter. ...

Arvind Kejriwal Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal is an Indian anti corruption activist turned politician who served as the 7th Chief Minister of Delhi. He is the National ...

Asif Ali Zardari Asif Ali Zardari

Asif Ali Zardari began his professional life unsuccessfully attempting to pursue a political career but eventually his determination and ...

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a highly respected veteran politician who had served as the Prime Minister of India in three non-consecutive terms. He ...

Augusto César Sandino Augusto César Sandi...

Augusto César Sandino, the famous Nicaraguan leader sought to free his country from foreign and wealthy dominion. He presumed the role of a ...

Augusto Pinochet Augusto Pinochet

Augusto Pinochet was a military officer in Chile who led the U.S.-backed military coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende’s socialist ...

Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi

The rising and shinning face of Burma’s (present day Myanmar) claim for democracy and human rights, Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the most ...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born American activist, writer and feminist. She is known for her extensive work fighting for the rights of Islamic ...

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Ayatollah Khomeini

Very few people can boast of having an influential personality that takes a nation by storm and reforms it completely to follow their line of ...

B. R. Ambedkar B. R. Ambedkar

B.R. Ambedkar was a leading activist and social reformer who gave his life working for the upliftment of the Dalits and the socially backward ...

Bahadur Shah Zafar Bahadur Shah Zafar

Bahadur Shah Zafar, also known as Bahadur Shah II, was the last Mughal emperor of India who reigned from 1837 to 1857 for a period of 20 years. ...

Bal Gangadhar Tilak Bal Gangadhar Tilak

While Gandhi fondly administered the title of ‘Maker of Modern India’ on Tilak, the British labelled him as the ‘Father of Indian ...

Barbara Jordan Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan had a lot of firsts in her career and life. She was the first African-American to be elected to the Texas Senate after ...

Barry Morris Goldwate - United States Senator from Arizona Barry Morris Goldwat...

As a youth, Barry Goldwater steered his family mercantile business to success, little did he know that in the future, he would dominate the U.S. ...

Bashar al-Assad Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad is the current President of Syria; he is in the office since 2000. The second son of former President Hafez al-Assad, he has ...

Begum Hazrat Mahal Begum Hazrat Mahal

Begum Hazrat Mahal, also known as the ‘Begum of Awadh’, was one of the earliest female freedom fighters during the First Indian War of ...

Benazir Bhutto Benazir Bhutto

Popularly known as the Iron Lady of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto opened the doors of politics for women in Pakistan. Not only did she become the ...

Benito Juarez Benito Juarez

One of the most important political figures of the 19th century Mexico, Benito Juarez played the pivotal role in fighting against the foreign ...

Benjamin Disraeli Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli is one of the most prominent names in the history of British politics. He was one of the few who paved the way for a great ...

Benjamin Harrison Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd president of United States and the grandson of William Henry Harrison, 9th president of United States. After ...

Benjamin Lincoln Benjamin Lincoln

Benjamin Lincoln is perhaps lesser known but nevertheless an important figure of the American Revolutionary War, during which he was the major ...

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel. He assumed office on 31 March 2009 and also serves as a member of Knesset and ...

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe Benjamin Nnamdi Azik...

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe was the first President of Nigeria. Before becoming the president he served as the second and last Governor-General and ...

Benjamin Rush Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush was one of the major political leaders who participated in the American Revolution and signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence ...

Bill Clinton Bill Clinton

‘If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how ...

Birsa Munda Birsa Munda

Birsa Munda was an Indian freedom fighter and a tribal leader who revolted against the British rule. He was a visionary who played a crucial ...

Black Kettle Black Kettle

Black Kettle was a Native American of the ‘Southern Cheyenne’ tribe, who is revered for his continued efforts to bring peace to his people. ...

Blaise Diagne Blaise Diagne

Blaise Diagne was one of the most important figures in the history of African politics. He fought diligently for equal rights as a citizen of ...

Bob Wise Bob Wise

Bob Wise is one of the strongest voices in America on education issues. He is one of the first governors to come out with the proposal for the ...

Bobby Sands Bobby Sands

Robert Gerard ‘Bobby’ Sands was an Irish hero who has gone down in the history as the martyr from the Irish Republican Party. He was born ...

Booker T. Washington Booker T. Washington

One of the foremost leaders of the African-American community, Booker T. Washington was a great educator and orator who founded the Tuskegee ...

Boris Tadić Boris TadiÄ

Boris Tadić was the 3rd President of Serbia. Born to a philosopher father and a psychologist mother, he was an intelligent child and was raised ...

Boris Yeltsin Boris Yeltsin

He is popularly remembered as the first President of the Russian Federation who served from 1991 until 1999. Boris Yeltsin was a prominent ...

Brigham Young Brigham Young

Brigham Young was an American leader of the Latter-day Saint movement. He was popularly known as American Moses, Modern Moses and Mormon Moses, ...

Bruce Barton Bruce Fairchild Bart...

A multi-dimensional personality, Bruce Barton was a man with many hats - a writer-author by heart, an advertising executive by profession, a ...

C. Rajagopalachari C. Rajagopalachari

C. Rajagopalachari was an Indian lawyer, independence activist, politician and writer. He was the first and last Indian Governor General of ...

C.P. Scott C.P. Scott

C. P. Scott was a famous British journalist, who served as the editor of the renowned newspaper “The Guardian” for a number of years. After ...

Cao Cao Cao Cao

Cao Cao, also known by the name Mengde, was a Chinese warlord who became very strong during the final years of the Eastern Han Dynasty. He ...

Carl Stokes Carl Stokes

Carl Stokes was an American politician and 51st mayor of Cleveland. His selection as the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio signifies a new era in the ...