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.
John McCainJohn McCain

29 August 1936

American

Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee

25 December 1924

Indian

Imran KhanImran Khan

05 October 1952

Pakistani

Barack ObamaBarack Obama

04 August 1961

American

Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un

08 January 1983

North Korean

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin

07 October 1952

Russian

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger

30 July 1947

American

John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy

29 May 1917

American

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela

18 July 1918

South African

Kofi AnnanKofi Annan

08 April 1938

Ghanaian

Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan

06 February 1911

American

Richard NixonRichard Nixon

09 January 1913

American

Bill ClintonBill Clinton

19 August 1946

American

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy

20 November 1925

American

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau

25 December 1971

Canadian

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy

22 February 1932

American

George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush

12 June 1924

American

Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter

01 October 1924

American

Mother TeresaMother Teresa

26 August 1910

Albanian,Indian

George W. BushGeorge W. Bush

06 July 1946

American

Che GuevaraChe Guevara

14 June 1928

Argentinian

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.

15 January 1929

American

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi

19 November 1917

Indian

Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson

27 August 1908

American

Andrés Manuel López ObradorAndrés Manuel López Obrador

13 November 1953

Mexican

Pope FrancisPope Francis

17 December 1936

Argentinian

Catherine, Duchess of CambridgeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge

09 January 1982

British

Prince Andrew, Duke of YorkPrince Andrew, Duke of York

19 February 1960

British

Theresa MayTheresa May

01 October 1956

British

Gerald FordGerald Ford

14 July 1913

American

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton

26 October 1947

American

Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani

28 May 1944

American

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh

27 September 1907

Indian

Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher

13 October 1925

British

Joe BidenJoe Biden

20 November 1942

American

Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein

28 April 1937

Iraqi

Henry KissingerHenry Kissinger

27 May 1923

American

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel

17 July 1954

German

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson

19 June 1964

American

Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi

07 June 1942

Libyan

David DukeDavid Duke

01 July 1950

American

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev

02 March 1931

Russian,Russian

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler

07 October 1900

German

Mike PenceMike Pence

07 June 1959

American

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi

20 August 1944

Indian

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders

08 September 1941

American

Nawaz SharifNawaz Sharif

25 December 1949

Pakistani

Xi JinpingXi Jinping

15 June 1953

Chinese

Idi AminIdi Amin

1925 AD

Ugandan

Jimmy HoffaJimmy Hoffa

14 February 1913

American

Lavrentiy BeriaLavrentiy Beria

29 March 1899

Georgian

Fidel CastroFidel Castro

13 August 1926

Cuban

Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto

21 June 1953

Pakistani

George WeahGeorge Weah

1966 AD

Liberian

Mahathir MohamadMahathir Mohamad

10 July 1925

Malaysian

David MiscavigeDavid Miscavige

30 April 1960

American

K. Kamaraj K. Kamaraj

15 July 1903

Indian

L.K. AdvaniL. K. Advani

08 November 1927

Indian

Sarah PalinSarah Palin

11 February 1964

American

Jeff SessionsJeff Sessions

24 December 1946

American

Nikki HaleyNikki Haley

20 January 1972

American

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

15 October 1931

Indian

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI

16 April 1927

German

M G RamachandranM. G. Ramachandran

17 January 1917

Indian

Kim Jong-ilKim Jong-il

16 February 1941

North Korean

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II

18 May 1920

Polish

Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh

26 September 1932

Indian

Pol PotPol Pot

19 May 1925

Cambodian

Rodrigo DuterteRodrigo Duterte

28 March 1945

Filipino

Dick CheneyDick Cheney

30 January 1941

American

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich

07 March 1904

German

Mohammed bin Rashid Al MaktoumMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

15 July 1949

Emirati

Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev

03 September 1957

Indian

Jeremy Bernard CorbynJeremy Corbyn

26 May 1949

British

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel

15 November 1891

German

Enrique Peña NietoEnrique Peña Nieto

20 July 1966

Mexican

Ted CruzTed Cruz

22 December 1970

American

Robert MugabeRobert Mugabe

21 February 1924

Zimbabwean

Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi

09 December 1946

Indian

Kim Il-sungKim Il-sung

15 April 1912

North Korean

Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell

20 February 1942

American