Famous Burmese Leaders

Ask a traveller and you shall be surprised to know that Myanmar has become a hot pick for people exploring Southeast Asia. From its decades of isolation and remoteness, Myanmar is fast emerging and opening itself to public, foreigners and tourists. On a rapid transition spree, Myanmar has come off since its harsh military rule days and is growing into a country free from oppression. For travellers and explorers, the country is enriched with several eye-opening sites – be it the ancient temples or the majestic rivers, the floating gardens or the traditional teak villages. In this fast developing world, there is a strong sense of old Orient in Myanmar wherein people still practice Buddhism as a way of life. Though the country is opening up the 21st century stigmas, its traditional way of life is barely intruded by the same. And helping keep its culture and traditions strongly rooted but at the same time taing a step towards modernity and contemporary are its leaders, dynamic and strong, who are slowly paving way for Myanmar’s transition into a new government since 2012. Htin Kyaw is the incumbent President of the country who serves both as the head of the state and the government. Check this section further to find out valuable information regarding Myanmar/Burmese leaders, their life and works.

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 1 Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She is credited with co-founding the National League for Democracy, which eventually ended the rule of Myanmar's military junta. In 1999, she was named one of the Children of Gandhi by Time magazine for enduring almost 15 years of house arrest for the greater good of Myanmar.

 2 General Aung San

General Aung San
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 13, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 19, 1947
Revered as a hero and as the Father of the Nation in Burma (now Myanmar), Aung San was instrumental in his country’s fight for independence from the British. The founder of the Myanmar Armed Forces, San was unfortunately assassinated a few months before Burma achieved independence.

 3 U Thant

U Thant
Famous As: 3rd Secretary General of the U.N.
Birthdate: January 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pantanaw
Died: November 25, 1974

Burmese diplomat U Thant made history by becoming the first non-Scandinavian to be named the UN secretary-general. Later in life, he tried applying Buddhist principles such as detachment to solve major international conflicts. Following his death in New York, his burial in Burma became a source of riots.

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 4 Htin Kyaw

Htin Kyaw
Famous As: President of Burma
Birthdate: July 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kungyangon Township, Myanmar (Burma)

Former Burmese president Htin Kyaw had an elite education, which took him to London, Tokyo, and Massachusetts. A close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, Kyaw became the president in 2016 following the end of Myanmar’s military leadership, as Suu Kyi was barred from holding the post.

 5 Ne Win

Ne Win
Famous As: Burmese Politician
Birthdate: May 14, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paungdale
Died: December 5, 2002
Known as “the destroyer of Burma,” Myanmar’s former dictator, president, and prime minister General Ne Win practically reduced the once-prosperous nation to its mere shadow. The founder of the Burma Socialist Programme Party, he spent his final years under house arrest, and had only a dozen people at his funeral.

 6 U Nu

U Nu
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 25, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Myanmar
Died: February 14, 1995

 7 Khun Sa

Khun Sa
Famous As: drug lord, entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mongyai Township
Died: October 26, 2007
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 8 Thein Sein

Thein Sein
Famous As: President of Myanmar
Birthdate: April 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyonku

Thein Sein is a Burmese politician who served as the prime minister of Myanmar from 2007 to 2011. From 2011 to 2016, Sein served as Myanmar's president. Widely regarded as a reformist leader, Sein's government took up a series of political reforms, such as halting the construction of the Myitsone Dam and releasing many political prisoners.

 9 Than Shwe

Than Shwe
Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: February 2, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyaukse

 10 Khin Kyi

Khin Kyi
Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: April 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Myaungmya
Died: December 28, 1988

 11 Ba Maw

Ba Maw
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 8, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maubin, Myanmar (Burma)
Died: May 29, 1977

 12 Saw Maung

Saw Maung
Famous As: politician
Birthdate: December 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mandalay
Died: July 24, 1997

 13 U Saw

U Saw
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 16, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Okpho, Tharrawaddy District, British Burma
Died: May 8, 1948

 14 Maung Maung

Maung Maung
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Died: July 2, 1994

 15 Sein Lwin

Sein Lwin
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paung, Myanmar
Died: August 12, 2004

 16 Shwe Mann

Shwe Mann
Famous As: Military personnel, Politician
Birthdate: July 11, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kanyutkwin

 17 San Yu

San Yu
Famous As: General
Birthdate: March 3, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pyay, Myanmar
Died: January 30, 1996

 18 Maha Bandula

Maha Bandula
Famous As: General
Birthdate: November 6, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dabayin, Kingdom of Burma
Died: April 1, 1825

 19 Soe Win

Soe Win
Famous As: Prime minister
Birthdate: May 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Myanmar
Died: October 12, 2007

 20 U Ottama

U Ottama
Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: December 28, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sittwe, Myanmar (Burma)
Died: September 9, 1939

 21 Su Su Lwin

Su Su Lwin
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yangon, Burma

 22 Cho Cho

Cho Cho
Famous As: Former First Lady of Myanmar
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Danubyu, Burma

 23 Thakin Than Tun

Thakin Than Tun
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1911 AD
Birthplace: Ka Nyut Kwin, Myanmar
Died: September 24, 1968

 24 Win Tin

Win Tin
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bago Region, Myanmar
Died: April 21, 2014

 25 Kyaing Kyaing

Kyaing Kyaing
Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kaw Kyaik, Burma