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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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Unrest’. The ...

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. ...

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 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 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 ...

Betty Williams Betty Williams

Betty Williams is the President of the ‘World Centers of Compassion for Children’ and the Chairperson of ‘Institute for Asian Democracy’. She is ...

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 it ...

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. He ...

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 and ...

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 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 ...

Catherine the Great Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great, also known as Catherine II was a female leader of Russia known for revitalizing the country and making it one of the great ...

Charles Dawes Charles G. Dawes

Charles Gates Dawes was the 30th Vice President of the United States who served in this post from 1925 to 1929. A highly accomplished man, he ...

Charles II Charles II

Popularly referred to as the ‘Merry Monarch’, Charles II was known for his lively and exuberant nature, which prevailed in his court as well, ...

Charles IX Charles IX

Charles IX was the King of France. During his reign, France witnessed several Wars of Religion which included the horrible incident of St. ...

Charles Kingsley Charles Kingsley

Charles Kinsley was an English priest of the Church of English who was also a university professor, novelist, historian and amateur naturalist ...

Che Guevara Che Guevara

Che Guevara was a legendary political activist, who gave his life for the downfall of imperialism and the establishment of socialism. It is ...

Chester A. Arthur Chester A. Arthur

Though the United States has had 44 presidents so far, only a handful few are widely remembered across the world. One such hero of American’s ...

Chief Joseph Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph was the leader of the Wallowa band of Nez Perce tribe in Oregon, U.S. who received international media coverage for his daring ...

Chief Seattle Chief Seattle

The indigenous populations in North America occupied large parts of uninhabited land, wherein they sheltered their families and lived with the ...

Chittaranjan Das Chittaranjan Das

Chittaranjan Das was one of the most prominent political and nationalist personalities in Bengal when Bengal was going through a very crucial ...

Chris Christie Chris Christie

Chris Christie is the 55th Governor of New Jersey who is serving his second term in the office. A Republican, he first assumed the office of ...

Cicero Cicero

Marcus Cicero was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist. A strong believer in the ...

Cleopatra Cleopatra

Cleopatra is said to be the most beautiful woman in the history of human race, who successfully ruled the hearts of the most powerful men of ...

Colin Powell Colin Powell

Colin Powell was the first African-American to hold the key positions of the U.S Joint Chief of Staff and the Secretary of State. Born to ...

Condoleezza Rice Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is an American diplomat who served as the 66th United States Secretary of State. Often considered a role model for other ...

Confucius Confucius

Confucius is one of the few leaders who based their philosophy on the virtues that are required for the day to day living. Known as Master Kong ...

Cordell Hull Cordell Hull

Cordell Hull was a major political leader of Tennessee, USA and 47th Secretary of States of the United States. He is credited as the ...

 Dadabhai Naoroji Dadabhai Naoroji

The first ever Asian to be a British Member of Parliament, Dadabhai Naoroji was a pioneer in many fields. He was an intellectual and an ...

Dalai Lama Dalai Lama

The longest living Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th and the present Dalai Lama and holds the profile of a spiritual and political leader of ...

Dan Quayle Dan Quayle

Dan Quayle was the 44th Vice President of the United States of America, under the presidency of George H.W. Bush. He also served in the House of ...

Daniel Webster Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster was a renowned American Senator and politician. Famous for his gift of the gab ability, he vehemently criticised the War of 1812 ...

David Ben-Gurion David Ben-Gurion

David Ben-Gurion was a prominent personality in the history of Israel who delivered the country’s declaration of independence and was also the ...

Davy Crockett Davy Crockett

Immortalized as the ‘King of the Wild Frontier’, Davy Crockett is one of the most celebrated and notable figures in American history. He is ...

Dayanand Saraswati Dayanand Saraswati

Dayanand Saraswati, a prominent Hindu religious leader and a Vedic scholar was the first Indian to voice his right for freedom of India from ...

Deng Xiaoping Deng Xiaoping

Remembered as the Paramount Leader of People’s Republic of China, Deng Xiaoping was a prominent politician and reformist who led the country to ...

Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu is a well-known South African activist, whose efforts to solve the issue of apartheid, during 1980s, fetched him worldwide fame. ...

Dick Cheney Dick Cheney

Known to be one of the most influential vice-presidents in the history of the United States of America, Dick Cheney is an illustrious politician ...

Douglas MacArthur Douglas MacArthur

Douglas MacArthur was an iconic figure in American military history and is till date, revered as a symbol of military excellence. Often ...

Dr Zakir Hussain Dr Zakir Hussain

Dr Zakir Hussain was the third President of India and the first Muslim to occupy that post. He was a renowned educationist and intellectual and ...

Earl Warren Earl Warren

Earl Warren was a famous American politician and jurist, who served the country as the Governor of California and the Chief Justice of the ...

Edward Everett Edward Everett

Edward Everett was an American politician, pastor, diplomat, educator and orator who served as a U.S. Representative, Senator, Governor of ...

Elbridge Gerry Elbridge Gerry

Elbridge Gerry was a true patriot who played a significant role in America’s struggle to establish its independent identity, ideology and ...

Eldridge Cleaver Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver was a renowned political activist and leader of the Black Panther Party. As a writer, he is remembered for his collection of ...

Emiliano Zapata Emiliano Zapata

Emiliano Zapata was one of the key figures in carrying forward the Mexican Revolution that started off in 1910. Zapata formed his army and ...

Brigadier J. Enoch Powell Enoch Powell

Brigadier John Enoch Powell was a British politician who had served as a Member of Parliament and Minister of Health. He is best remembered for ...

F D Roosevelt F D Roosevelt

Jean Edward Smith’s quote ‘He lifted himself from a wheelchair to lift the nation from its knees’ best describes Roosevelt’s prominent position ...

Fidel Castro Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro is one of the most prominent communist leaders of the last century. He was the Prime Minister, President and Commander-in-Chief of ...

Francis Hopkinson Francis Hopkinson

Francis Hopkinson was one of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and is also credited to have designed the first American ...

Francis Lewis Francis Lewis

Francis Lewis, one of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, was a businessman and politician who represented New York in the ...