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, Hawai, USA

American

Leo

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin

07 October 1952

Saint Petersburg

Russian

Libra

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger

30 July 1947

Thal

American

Leo

David KoreshDavid Koresh

17 August 1959

19 April 1993

Houston, Texas

American

Leo

Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un

08 January 1983

Pyongyang

Korean

Capricorn

Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan

06 February 1911

05 June 2004

Tampico

American

Aquarius

Richard NixonRichard Nixon

09 January 1913

22 April 1994

Yorba Linda, California, U.S.

American

Capricorn

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela

18 July 1918

05 December 2013

Mvezo

South African

Cancer

George W. BushGeorge W. Bush

06 July 1946

New Haven

American

Cancer

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau

25 December 1971

Ottawa, Canada

Canadian

Capricorn

Bill ClintonBill Clinton

19 August 1946

Hope, Arkansas, U.S.

American

Leo

Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter

01 October 1924

Plains, Georgia, U.S.

American

Libra

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy

20 November 1925

06 June 1968

Brookline, Massachusetts

American

Scorpio

George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush

12 June 1924

Milton

American

Gemini

Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson

27 August 1908

22 January 1973

Stonewall

American

Virgo

Che GuevaraChe Guevara

14 June 1928

09 October 1967

Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

Argentine

Gemini

Catherine, Duchess of CambridgeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge

09 January 1982

Royal Berkshire Hospital

British

Capricorn

Jacob ZumaJacob Zuma

12 April 1942

Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal

South African

Aries

Mother TeresaMother Teresa

26 August 1910

05 September 1997

Skopje

Indian

Virgo

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh

27 September 1907

23 March 1931

Jaranwala Tehsil

Indian

Libra

Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher

13 October 1925

08 April 2013

Grantham

British

Libra

Nikki HaleyNikki Haley

20 January 1972

Bamberg

American

Capricorn

Xi JinpingXi Jinping

15 June 1953

Beijing

Chinese

Gemini

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton

26 October 1947

Chicago

American

Scorpio

Pope FrancisPope Francis

17 December 1936

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentine

Sagittarius

Mike PenceMike Pence

07 June 1959

Columbus, Indiana, United States

American

Gemini

Cyril RamaphosaCyril Ramaphosa

17 November 1952

Soweto

South African

Scorpio

Fidel CastroFidel Castro

13 August 1926

26 November 2016

Birán, Cuba

Cuban

Leo

Joe BidenJoe Biden

20 November 1942

Scranton

American

Scorpio

Gerald FordGerald Ford

14 July 1913

26 December 2006

Omaha

American

Cancer

Tammy DuckworthTammy Duckworth

12 March 1968

Bangkok

American

Pisces

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler

07 October 1900

23 May 1945

Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany

German

Libra

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi

19 November 1917

31 October 1984

Allahabad

Indian

Scorpio

John McCainJohn McCain

29 August 1936

Coco Solo, Panama

American

Virgo

Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein

28 April 1937

30 December 2006

Al-Awja

Iraqi

Taurus

Theresa MayTheresa May

01 October 1956

Eastbourne, United Kingdom

British

Libra

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev

02 March 1931

Stavropol

Soviet Russian,Russian

Pisces

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel

17 July 1954

Hamburg

German

Cancer

Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi

07 June 1942

20 October 2011

Qasr Abu Hadi

Libyan

Gemini

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan

11 May 1933

The Bronx

American

Taurus

Bashar al-AssadBashar al-Assad

11 September 1965

Damascus

Syrian

Virgo

Idi AminIdi Amin

1925 AD

16 August 2003

Koboko, Uganda

Ugandan

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich

07 March 1904

04 June 1942

Halle

German

Pisces

Lavrentiy BeriaLavrentiy Beria

29 March 1899

23 December 1953

Merkheuli, Georgia, Russian Empire

Georgian

Aries

Kim Jong-ilKim Jong-il

16 February 1941

17 December 2011

Vyatskoye, Khabarovsk Krai

Korean

Aquarius

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu

21 October 1949

Tel Aviv

Israeli

Libra

Henry KissingerHenry Kissinger

27 May 1923

Germany

American

Gemini

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders

08 September 1941

Brooklyn

American

Virgo

Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice

14 November 1954

Birmingham, Alabama

American

Scorpio

Ben CarsonBen Carson

18 September 1951

Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

American

Virgo

Robert MugabeRobert Mugabe

21 February 1924

Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean

Pisces

Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev

03 September 1957

Mysore

Indian

Virgo

Bob DoleBob Dole

22 July 1923

Russell

American

Cancer

Joseph McCarthyJoseph McCarthy

14 November 1908

02 May 1957

Grand Chute, Wisconsin, United States

American

Scorpio

Tony BlairTony Blair

06 May 1953

Edinburgh

British

Taurus

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II

18 May 1920

02 April 2005

Wadowice

Polish

Taurus

Pol PotPol Pot

19 May 1925

15 April 1998

Kampong Thom Province, French Indochina

Cambodian

Taurus

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi

29 September 1936

Milan

Italian

Libra

Kim Il-sungKim Il-sung

15 April 1912

08 July 1994

Pyongyang

Korean

Aries

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI

16 April 1927

Marktl, Germany

German

Aries

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel

15 November 1891

14 October 1944

Heidenheim an der Brenz, Germany

German

Scorpio

Rodrigo DuterteRodrigo Duterte

28 March 1945

Maasin, Philippines

Filipino

Aries

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin

01 February 1931

23 April 2007

Butka

Russian

Aquarius

Jeremy Bernard CorbynJeremy Corbyn

26 May 1949

Chippenham

British

Gemini

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson

19 June 1964

New York City

American

Gemini

John GlennJohn Glenn

18 July 1921

Cambridge

American

Cancer

Ted CruzTed Cruz

22 December 1970

Calgary

American

Sagittarius

Pierre TrudeauPierre Trudeau

18 October 1919

28 September 2000

Montreal, Canada

Canadian

Libra

David CameronDavid Cameron

09 October 1966

London

British

Libra

Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee

25 December 1924

Gwalior

Indian

Capricorn

Jerry BrownJerry Brown

07 April 1938

San Francisco, California, U.S.

American

Aries

Dick CheneyDick Cheney

30 January 1941

Casper

American

Aquarius

Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu Kyi

19 June 1945

Yangon

Burmese

Gemini

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev

19 December 1906

10 November 1982

Kamenskoe, Yekaterinoslav Governorate, Russian Empire

Soviet Russian,Ukrainian,Russian

Sagittarius

Dalai LamaDalai Lama

06 July 1935

Taktser, Qinghai

Tibetan

Cancer

Jimmy HoffaJimmy Hoffa

14 February 1913

30 July 1975

Brazil, Indiana, United States

American

Aquarius

Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi

26 October 1919

27 July 1980

Tehran

Iranian

Scorpio

Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto

21 June 1953

27 December 2007

Karachi

Pakistani

Gemini

Colin PowellColin Powell

05 April 1937

New York City

American

Aries

Martin BormannMartin Bormann

17 June 1900

02 May 1945

Wegeleben

German

Gemini

Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei

17 July 1939

Mashhad

Iranian

Cancer