Famous Croatian Leaders

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 1 
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
(President of Croatia (2015-2020))

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović
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Birthdate: April 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rijeka, Croatia
Best known as the first female president of her country, politician Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović also became the youngest Croatian to assume presidency, at 46. The former Fulbright scholar made headlines during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when she went to Russia in economy class to cheer her team.

 2 
Franjo Tudjman
(Politician)

Franjo Tudjman
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Birthdate: May 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Veliko Trgovišće, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Died: December 10, 1999

 3 
Ante Pavelić
(1st Foreign Minister of the Independent State of Croatia)

Ante Pavelić
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Birthdate: July 14, 1889
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bradina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: December 28, 1959
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Maximian
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Birthdate: 0250 AD
Birthplace: Sirmium, Yugoslavia
Died: July 11, 0310

 5 
Probus
(Emperor)

Probus
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Birthdate: August 19, 0232
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sirmium
Died: August 31, 0282

 6 
Valens
(Emperor)

Valens
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Birthdate: 0328 AD
Birthplace: Vinkovci
Died: August 9, 0378

 7 
Josip Jelačić
(Politician)

Josip Jelačić
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Birthdate: October 16, 1801
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Petrovaradin, Serbia
Died: May 20, 1859
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 8 
Stjepan Mesić
(President)

Stjepan Mesić
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Birthdate: December 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Orahovica, Croatia

 9 
John Zápolya
(King of Hungary and Croatia (1526–1540))

John Zápolya
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Birthdate: 1487 AD
Birthplace: Spišské Podhradie, Slovakia
Died: July 22, 1540

King John Zápolya of Hungary was initially the governor of Transylvania, where he suppressed a peasant revolt. After Louis II was killed by the Ottomans, Louis II’s brother-in-law, Ferdinand I challenged John for the throne of Hungary and acquired a part of the country. Eventually, a childless John named Ferdinand his successor.

 10 
Stjepan Filipović
(Revolutionary)

Stjepan Filipović
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Birthdate: January 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Croatia
Died: May 22, 1942

 11 
Glycerius
(Emperor)

Glycerius
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Birthdate: 0420 AD
Died: 0480 AD

 12 
Ante Markovic
(Businessman)

Ante Markovic
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Birthdate: November 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: November 28, 2011

 13 
Stjepan Radić
(Political)

Stjepan Radić
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Birthdate: June 11, 1871
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Trebarjevo
Died: August 8, 1928

 14 
Dinko Šakić
(Official)

Dinko Šakić
2
Birthdate: September 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Studenci, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: July 20, 2008

 15 

Michael Anthony Bilandic
3
Birthdate: February 13, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 15, 2002

 16 
Ivo Josipović
(President)

Ivo Josipović
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Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zagreb

 17 
Goran Hadzic
(Politician)

Goran Hadzic
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Birthdate: September 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pačetin, PR Croatia
Died: July 12, 2016

 18 
Ivo Sanader
(Politician, Prime Minister)

Ivo Sanader
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Birthdate: June 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Split

 19 
Miroslav Škoro
(Politician)

Miroslav Škoro
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Birthdate: July 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia

 20 
Vladko Maček
(Politician)

Vladko Maček
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Birthdate: June 20, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kupinec, Croatia
Died: May 15, 1964

 21 
Slavko Kvaternik
(1st Minister of Armed Forces of the Independent State of Croatia)

Slavko Kvaternik
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Birthdate: August 25, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moravice, Croatia
Died: June 13, 1947

 22 
Stojko Vranković
(Basketball Player)

Stojko Vranković
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Birthdate: January 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Drniš, Croatia

 23 
Saint Marinus
(Former Saint who was founder of a chapel and monastery in 301)

Saint Marinus
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Birthdate: 0275 AD
Birthplace: Lopar, Croatia
Died: 0366 AD

 24 
Ivica Račan
(Politician)

Ivica Račan
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Birthdate: February 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ebersbach, Germany
Died: April 29, 2007

 25 
Janko Bobetko
(Military general)

Janko Bobetko
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Birthdate: January 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Crnac, Croatia
Died: April 29, 2003

 26 
Jadranka Kosor
(Politician)

Jadranka Kosor
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Birthdate: July 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pakrac, Croatia

 27 

Josip Juraj Strossmayer
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Birthdate: February 4, 1815
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia
Died: May 8, 1905

 28 
Ljudevit Gaj
(Former Linguist known for Gaj's Latin alphabet)

Ljudevit Gaj
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Birthdate: August 8, 1809
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Krapina, Croatia
Died: April 20, 1872

 29 
Mile Budak
(Politician, Writer)

Mile Budak
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Birthdate: August 30, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sveti Rok, Croatia
Died: June 7, 1945

 30 
Gojko Šušak
(Politician)

Gojko Šušak
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Birthdate: March 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Široki Brijeg, Yugoslavia
Died: May 3, 1998

 31 
Savka Dabčević-Kučar
(President of the Croatian People's Party (1990-1995))

Savka Dabčević-Kučar
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Birthdate: December 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Korčula, Croatia
Died: August 6, 2009

 32 
Dido Kvaternik
(Former General-Lieutenant, Chief of the Internal Security Service in the Independent State of Croatia)

Dido Kvaternik
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Birthdate: March 29, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Died: March 10, 1962

 33 
Rahim Ademi
(Croatian Army general)

Rahim Ademi
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Birthdate: January 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karače, Kosovo

 34 
Milka Planinc
(Politician)

Milka Planinc
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Birthdate: November 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drniš, Croatia
Died: October 7, 2010

 35 
Milan Šufflay
(Historian, Politician who was one of the founders of Albanology and the author of the first Croatian science fiction novel)

Milan Šufflay
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Birthdate: November 8, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lepoglava, Croatia
Died: February 19, 1931

 36 
Ljubo Miloš
(Military personnel)

Ljubo Miloš
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Birthdate: February 25, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Šamac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: August 20, 1948

 37 
Zvonimir Červenko
(Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia from 1995 to 1996)

Zvonimir Červenko
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Birthdate: November 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prijepolje, Serbia
Died: February 17, 2001

 38 
Desiderius Hampel
(Former Military officer who who commanded the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian))

Desiderius Hampel
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Birthdate: January 20, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sisak, Croatia
Died: January 11, 1981

 39 

Ante Trumbić
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Birthdate: May 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: November 17, 1938

 40 
Anton Haus
(Naval officer)

Anton Haus
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Birthdate: June 13, 1851
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tolmin
Died: February 8, 1917

 41 
Petar Preradovic
(Poet, Military personnel)

Petar Preradovic
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Birthdate: March 19, 1818
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grabrovnica, Croatia
Died: August 18, 1872

 42 
Jakob Graf zu Eltz
(Former Knight of Malta, Croatian politician who became a key figure in Croatian politics during the 1990s)

Jakob Graf zu Eltz
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Birthdate: September 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kleinheubach, Germany
Died: February 10, 2006

 43 
Branko Horvat
(Former Economist, Politician)

Branko Horvat
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Birthdate: July 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Petrinja, Croatia
Died: December 18, 2003

 44 

Svetozar Pribićević
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Birthdate: October 26, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Croatia
Died: September 15, 1936

 45 
Pero Pirker
(37th Mayor of Zagreb)

Pero Pirker
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Birthdate: July 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Varaždin, Croatia
Died: August 1, 1972

 46 
Frano Supilo
(Politician)

Frano Supilo
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Birthdate: November 30, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cavtat, Croatia
Died: September 25, 1917

 47 
Karlo Ressler
(Member of the European Parliament for Croatia since 2019)

Karlo Ressler
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Birthdate: December 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

 48 
Bernardin Frankopan
(Former nobleman and diplomat known for defender of Croatia against the Ottoman invasion)

Bernardin Frankopan
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Birthdate: January 1, 1453
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Croatia
Died: 1529 AD

 49 
Radovan Fuchs
(Minister of Science and Education of Croatia since 23 July 2020)

Radovan Fuchs
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Birthdate: September 5, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia