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.
Catherine, Duchess of CambridgeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge

09 January 1982

British

George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush

12 June 1924

American

Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un

08 January 1983

North Korean

Barack ObamaBarack Obama

04 August 1961

American

Prince Andrew, Duke of YorkPrince Andrew, Duke of York

19 February 1960

British

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.

15 January 1929

American

George W. BushGeorge W. Bush

06 July 1946

American

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger

30 July 1947

American

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy

20 November 1925

American

John McCainJohn McCain

29 August 1936

American

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela

18 July 1918

South African

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin

07 October 1952

Russian

Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan

06 February 1911

American

Mahathir MohamadMahathir Mohamad

10 July 1925

Malaysian

Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter

01 October 1924

American

Richard NixonRichard Nixon

09 January 1913

American

Bill ClintonBill Clinton

19 August 1946

American

Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani

28 May 1944

American

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau

25 December 1971

Canadian

Bashar al-AssadBashar al-Assad

11 September 1965

Syrian

Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson

27 August 1908

American

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy

22 February 1932

American

Che GuevaraChe Guevara

14 June 1928

Argentinian

Nikki HaleyNikki Haley

20 January 1972

American

Winnie Madikizela-MandelaWinnie Madikizela-Mandela

26 September 1936

South African

Najib Razak Najib Razak

23 July 1953

Malaysian

Mother TeresaMother Teresa

26 August 1910

Albanian,Indian

Gerald FordGerald Ford

14 July 1913

American

Pope FrancisPope Francis

17 December 1936

Argentinian

Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee

25 December 1924

Indian

Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein

28 April 1937

Iraqi

Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi

07 June 1942

Libyan

Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher

13 October 1925

British

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton

26 October 1947

American

Fidel CastroFidel Castro

13 August 1926

Cuban

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi

19 November 1917

Indian

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev

02 March 1931

Russian,Russian

Theresa MayTheresa May

01 October 1956

British

Anwar IbrahimAnwar Ibrahim

10 August 1947

Malaysian

Kim Jong-ilKim Jong-il

16 February 1941

South Korean

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler

07 October 1900

German

Henry KissingerHenry Kissinger

27 May 1923

American

Xi JinpingXi Jinping

15 June 1953

Chinese

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel

17 July 1954

German

Tammy DuckworthTammy Duckworth

12 March 1968

American

Lavrentiy BeriaLavrentiy Beria

29 March 1899

Georgian

Mike PenceMike Pence

07 June 1959

American

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

15 October 1931

Indian

Jeb BushJeb Bush

11 February 1953

American

Kim Il-sungKim Il-sung

15 April 1912

South Korean

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu

21 October 1949

Israeli

David KoreshDavid Koresh

17 August 1959

American

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders

08 September 1941

American

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II

18 May 1920

Polish

Joe BidenJoe Biden

20 November 1942

American

Idi AminIdi Amin

1925 AD

Ugandan

Mohammed bin Rashid Al MaktoumMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

15 July 1949

Emirati

Pol PotPol Pot

19 May 1925

Cambodian

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich

07 March 1904

German

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson

19 June 1964

American

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel

15 November 1891

German

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi

20 August 1944

Indian

Jeff SessionsJeff Sessions

24 December 1946

American

Jerry BrownJerry Brown

07 April 1938

American

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh

27 September 1907

Indian

Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev

03 September 1957

Indian

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI

16 April 1927

German

Tony BlairTony Blair

06 May 1953

British

Jimmy HoffaJimmy Hoffa

14 February 1913

American

Pierre TrudeauPierre Trudeau

18 October 1919

Canadian

Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi

26 October 1919

Iranian

Jeremy Bernard CorbynJeremy Corbyn

26 May 1949

British

Dick CheneyDick Cheney

30 January 1941

American

Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice

14 November 1954

American

George WeahGeorge Weah

1966 AD

Liberian

Ted CruzTed Cruz

22 December 1970

American

David CameronDavid Cameron

09 October 1966

British

Dalai LamaDalai Lama

06 July 1935

Tibetan

Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto

21 June 1953

Pakistani

Rodrigo DuterteRodrigo Duterte

28 March 1945

Filipino

John KerryJohn Kerry

11 December 1943

American