The last king of Bulgaria, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, has also been the country’s prime minister. He had taken over as the king at 6, after his father’s mysterious death. He married a Spanish noble lady while in exile in Madrid and returned to Bulgaria 50 years after the abolition of monarchy.
12 Ahmed Dogan
14 Hristo Botev
Hristo Botev was a Bulgarian poet and revolutionary. Widely regarded as a national hero by Bulgarians, Botev was thought to be ahead of his peers in his aesthetic, philosophical, and political views. An influential and important figure in the history of Bulgaria, Botev has several monuments, schools, football clubs, and stadiums named after him.
Yane Sandanski was a Macedonian-Bulgarian revolutionary who is recognized as a national hero in both Bulgaria and North Macedonia. He joined the Internal Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization (IMARO) as a young man and later became one of its leaders. While he is portrayed by Macedonian historians as a freedom fighter, his legacy remains disputed.