Famous 21st Century Presidents

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 1 Donald Trump

Donald Trump.
Famous As: 45th U.S. President
Birthdate: June 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York

The former President of the United States, Donald Trump was arguably the most controversial president in the American history. He has been characterised as racist and his actions and policies divided America like never before. He lost his bid for re-election to Joe Biden in a bitterly fought election .

 2 Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan.
Famous As: 40th U.S. President
Birthdate: February 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, United States
Died: June 5, 2004

An actor turned union leader turned politician, Ronald Wilson Reagan served as the 40th president of America. Hailed for his public speaking and communication skills, Reagan is one of the most popular Presidents of USA, mainly due to his ‘America First’ economic policies which led to a decrease in inflation and unemployment rates during his tenure.

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 3 George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush.
Famous As: 41st U.S. President
Birthdate: June 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 1, 2018

The 41st president of the U.S, George H.W. Bush also twice served as the vice president of the country and held various other important political positions before assuming the presidency. During his presidency, he led successful military operation against Panama and Iraq which made him popular, but domestic issues prevented him from winning a second term at the office.

 4 Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin.
Famous As: President of Russia
Birthdate: October 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

The current President of Russia, Vladimir Putin is a popular politician, with the highest approval rating of any leader in the world as of July 2020. As a high-level politician who has the support of his citizens, he is a powerful figure in world politics. He has been accused by human rights organizations of persecuting political critics and activists.

 5 George W. Bush

George W. Bush.
Famous As: 43rd U.S. President
Birthdate: July 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush served two consecutive term in the top office beginning 2001 and led his country post the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He later ordered the invasion of Iraq. Before this, he was twice elected as the governor of Texas and had even helped his father, George H. W. Bush—the 41st president, in his presidential campaigns.

 6 Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton.
Famous As: 42nd President of the United States
Birthdate: August 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, U.S.

Bill Cinton was the 42nd president of the United States who served for two terms from 1993 to 2001. He was the third-youngest president in the American history and presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history. The second-term of his presidency was rocked by the infamous Monica Lewinsky sex-scandal for which he was impeached and later acquitted.

 7 Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev.
Famous As: Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Birthdate: March 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Privolnoye, Russia

Born into a poor peasant family, Mikhail Gorbachev went on to become one of the most influential figures of the Soviet Union. He served in various positions, most notably as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He is regarded as one of the most prominent personalities of the 20th century.

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 8 Joe Biden

Joe Biden.
Famous As: 46th President of the United States
Birthdate: November 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States

Joe Biden is the president-elect of the United States and will become the 46th president when he will assume the charge on 20 January 2021. Biden is the oldest person ever elected to the White House. One of the youngest senators in the US history and Delaware’s longest-serving senator, Joe Biden served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

 9 Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe.
Famous As: Former PM & President of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: February 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: September 6, 2019

Robert Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary. He played a major role in the Rhodesian Bush War, which eventually led to the Lancaster House Agreement, resulting in the creation of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Subsequently, Mugabe served as the first prime minister of Zimbabwe and later as its president. A controversial figure, Mugabe is also often criticized for his tyrannical ways.

 10 Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel.
Famous As: Chancellor of Germany
Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

The current chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel is widely described as the world's most powerful woman. Also considered the de facto leader of the European Union (EU), Angela Merkel has played an important role in strengthening international trade agreements. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

 11 Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro.
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Cuba
Birthdate: August 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Birán, Cuba
Died: November 26, 2016

Serving as the Cuban prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and as president from 1976 to 2008, Fidel Castro was one of the most prominent Cuban leaders in the history. As the longest-reigning non-royal head of the 20th and 21st centuries, Castro was responsible for making Cuba a communist state.

 12 Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron.
Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amiens, France

Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, created history on May 14, 2017 when at age 39 he became the youngest person to occupy the chair in the history of the country. He was initially a member of the Socialist Party, but fought the presidential elections under the banner of En Marche, a centrist political movement founded by him in 2016.

 13 Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee.
Famous As: 13th President of India
Birthdate: December 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mirati, West Bengal, India
Died: August 31, 2020

An Indian politician who served as the 13th President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was a veteran with a political career spanning over five decades. He occupied several ministerial portfolios in the Government of India, such as Defence, Finance and External Affairs. He was honored with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 2019.

 14 Nicolás Maduro

Nicolás Maduro.
Famous As: President of Venezuela
Birthdate: November 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro was a bus driver and a union leader before being elected to the National Assembly. He held important administrative posts under Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, before taking over as the president after Chávez’s death in 2013. A dictator, he is held responsible for the economic failure of Venezuela.

 15 Jeanine Anez

Jeanine Anez
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Joaquin, Bolivia

 16 Jacques Chirac

Jacques Chirac.
Famous As: Former President of France
Birthdate: November 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 26, 2019

Jacques Chirac was a French politician who served as France's prime minister on two occasions, first from 1974 to 1976 and then from 1986 to 1988. He also served as France's president from 1995 to 2007. Because of his long career in prominent government positions, Chirac was often caricatured or parodied. He was also depicted in films, such as W.

 17 Ram Nath Kovind

Ram Nath Kovind.
Famous As: 14th President of India
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Derapur, Kanpur Dehat District, Uttar Pradesh, India
Ram Nath Kovind, the 14th President of India, was the first RSS leader to become a president. He has earlier been the Governor of Bihar and a Rajya Sabha MP. He also had a 16-year career as a lawyer and worked at the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court.

 18 Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari.
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Daura, Nigeria

Muhammadu Buhari is a Nigerian politician and the current president of Nigeria. Since becoming the president, Buhari has introduced many social welfare programs that address unemployment and poverty. The programs were mainly introduced to help increase economic development in the country.

 19 Omar al-Bashir

Omar al-Bashir.
Famous As: Former President of Sudan
Birthdate: January 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hosh Bannaga, Sudan

Omar al-Bashir is a Sudanese politician who served as the seventh president of Sudan. A former military officer, he is the founder of the National Congress Party that remained the dominant political party in the country until 2019. He was deposed in a coup d'état the same year and subsequently arrested and convicted on multiple corruption charges.

 20 Miguel Díaz-Canel

Miguel Díaz-Canel.
Famous As: President of Cuba
Birthdate: April 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Placetas, Villa Clara

Miguel Díaz-Canel is a Cuban politician and the current president of Cuba. As president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel has made several international trips, visiting places like India, Azerbaijan, and Russia. He has also interacted with presidents and prime ministers of several countries. In 2018, he was honored with the prestigious Order of the Liberator by the government of Venezuela.

 21 Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: May 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Died: November 2, 2004

 22 Moon Jae-in

Moon Jae-in.
Famous As: Current President of South Korea
Birthdate: January 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geoje, South Korea

Moon Jae-in is a South Korean politician and the current president of South Korea. Although he was raised in poverty, Moon worked hard during his early years and went on to become a prominent politician. In 2018, he was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list.

 23 Halimah Yacob

Halimah Yacob
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queen Street, Singapore

 24 Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Famous As: President of Egypt
Birthdate: November 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is the incumbent president of Egypt. He has also served as the director of military Intelligence and the minister of defense. He has had a long stint with the Egyptian Army and led the coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsi. He has established a dictatorial regime.

 25 Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping.
Famous As: General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
Birthdate: June 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Xi Jinping, President of China since 2013, is said to be the most powerful Chinese leader since Chairman Mao Zedong. He is an authoritarian leader and his reign is marked by an increase in censorship and deterioration in human rights . Also, China’s foreign policy under Xi has been more assertive, leading to a deterioration of relations with many countries.

 26 Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson
Famous As: Baseball Player & Baseball Manager
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, United States
Died: February 7, 2019

 27 Zuzana Čaputová

Zuzana Čaputová
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 28 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Famous As: Former President of the French Republic
Birthdate: February 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing was a seasoned French politician who served as President of France. During his presidency, Giscard d'Estaing promoted nuclear power and liberalisation of trade, pushed for development of projects like TGV, and took a more liberal attitude on social issues like divorce, abortion and contraception. He emerged as the longest-lived president in the history of France.

 29 Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Babarap, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

 30 Iván Duque

Iván Duque
Famous As: President of Colombia
Birthdate: August 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia

 31 Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detmold, Germany

 32 Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak.
Famous As: Former President of Egypt
Birthdate: May 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monufia Governorate
Died: February 25, 2025

Egyptian military and political leader Hosni Mubarak served as the fourth president of Egypt from 1981 to 2011. An Egyptian Air Force officer prior to entering politics, he assumed office as the president after the incumbent Anwar Sadat's assassination in 1981. After 30 years, he had to step down from the presidency during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. 

 33 Ali Abdullah Saleh

Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Famous As: First President of the Republic of Yemen
Birthdate: March 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bait el-Ahmar, Sanhan District, Kingdom of Yemen
Died: December 4, 2017

The first president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, had witnessed the unification of North and South Yemen, though his presidency was riddled with protests. He survived a deadly assassination attempt but was eventually killed by the Houthis at his home, though some believe he died while escaping in his car.

 34 Nana Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 35 F. W. de Klerk

F. W. de Klerk.
Famous As: Former State President of South Africa
Birthdate: March 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
F. W. de Klerk served as the State President of South Africa from 1989 to 1994 and as the Deputy President from 1994 to 1996. He was also the National Party leader from 1989 to 1997. His government helped crush the apartheid system and established universal suffrage. 

 36 Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
Famous As: Former President of Peru
Birthdate: October 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

 37 Carlos Salinas de Gortari

Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
Famous As: President
Birthdate: April 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Economist Carlos Salinas de Gortari boasts of a PhD from Harvard. The former Mexican president is known for opening up his country to foreign investments. Riddled with controversies and corruption scandals, he stepped down and went into exile later. He is considered one of the most-hated Mexican leaders ever.

 38 Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ballina, Ireland

 39 Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 3, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hammam Sousse, Tunisia
Died: September 19, 2019

 40 Megawati Sukarnoputri

Megawati Sukarnoputri
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 41 Isaias Afwerki

Isaias Afwerki
Famous As: President of Eritrea
Birthdate: February 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Asmara, Eritrea

 42 Sergio Mattarella

Sergio Mattarella.
Famous As: President of Italy
Birthdate: July 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy

Sergio Mattarella is an Italian politician, academic, jurist, and lawyer. He is the current president of the Italian Republic. Before becoming the president of Italy, Mattarella served as the Minister for Parliamentary Relations. He also served as the Minister of Public Education and as the Italian Minister of Defence.

 43 Joachim Gauck

Joachim Gauck
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rostock, Germany

 44 Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings.
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana)
Jerry Rawlings led Ghana as the head of state and the president. An army pilot, he first came to power in 1979, after a coup. Though he was sentenced to death for plotting against General Fred Akuffo, he managed to escape. He had also formed the National Democratic Congress.

 45 Andrzej Duda

Andrzej Duda
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kraków, Polish People's Republic Poland

 46 Mary McAleese

Mary McAleese
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ardoyne, Ireland

 47 Khaltmaagiin Battulga

Khaltmaagiin Battulga
Famous As: President
Birthdate: March 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolian People's Republic

 48 Umaru Musa Yar'Adua

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
Famous As: President
Birthdate: August 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Katsina, Nigeria
Died: May 5, 2010

 49 Sahle-Work Zewde

Sahle-Work Zewde
Famous As: President of Ethiopia
Birthdate: February 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 50 Julius Maada Bio

Julius Maada Bio.
Famous As: President of Sierra Leone
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tihun, Bonthe District

The president of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio had previously been a brigadier general with the country’s army. He is one of the 35 children of Sherbro Paramount Chief Charlie Bio II. After multiple military coups, Bio became an SLPP member. His main focus is on healthcare and renewable energy.