Famous Angolan Leaders

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José Eduardo dos Santos
(President of Angola (1979-2017))
José Eduardo dos Santos
Birthdate: August 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luanda, Angola

José Eduardo dos Santos is an Angolan politician. Having served as the president of Angola from 1979 to 2017, dos Santos is Africa's second-longest-serving president. An influential and powerful man, dos Santos also served as the Angolan Armed Forces' commander in chief throughout his presidency. In 2014, he was named Man of the Year by Africa World magazine.  

Jonas Savimbi
Jonas Savimbi
Birthdate: August 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Munhango, Angola
Died: February 22, 2002
Agostinho Neto
(Former President of Angola)
Agostinho Neto
Birthdate: September 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ícolo e Bengo
Died: September 10, 1979

MPLA leader Agostinho Neto was Angola’s first president. Born to school teacher parents, Neto grew up to become a poet and later studied medicine. However, while pursuing his academic career, he also participated in indigenous movements. Following his arrest and the subsequent unrest, he joined the Angolan liberation movement.

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Holden Roberto
(President of the FNLA (1954-2007))
Holden Roberto
Birthdate: January 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: M'banza-Kongo, Angola
Died: August 2, 2007

Holden Roberto was an Angolan politician and freedom fighter. He is credited with founding a militant organization and political party called the National Liberation Front of Angola, which played a major role in the Angolan War of Independence. The party, which Roberto led from 1962 to 1999, played an influential role in Angola's independence from Portugal.

Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos
Birthdate: February 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Luanda
Mário Pinto de Andrade
Birthdate: August 21, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Golungo-Alto, Angola
Died: August 26, 1990
António Jacinto
Birthdate: September 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Luanda, Angola
Died: June 23, 1991
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