Famous Egyptian Leaders

Call it the land of pharaohs or the land of gods, the land of Mummy’s or the land of Pyramids, Egypt is home to world’s earliest known civilization. A startling history that goes back to tenth millennium BC, the country is drenched in rich heritage that presages the earliest known developments. Fondly known as the crusaders of the modern world, what if Egypt did not have leaders that lived for the cause of advancement and progress? Would the world still be the same? Would life and living be as it is today? Calendars, toothpaste, board games, eye-makeup, breath mints that have become a part of our world wouldn’t have been possible if Egyptian leaders did not allow for the same. The country has been home to some of finest and skilled leaders whether it was Baybars I of the 13th century or Ismail Pasha of the 19th century. Fuad I or Ahmed Fuad Pasha was the first king of modern Egypt who ruled from 1922 until 1936 and was succeeded by Farouk, King of Egypt. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is the current president of Egypt. Read through this section and get details about the life and works of famous Egyptian leaders.

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 1 Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 1508 BC
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 1458 BC

Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmose I, ruled as the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt and was the second female pharaoh, according to records. She was the chief wife of Thutmose II, and ruled jointly with Thutmose III, Thutmose II’s son. She also named herself God's Wife of Amun.

 2 Akhenaten

Akhenaten
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Famous As: Pharoah of Egypt
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Akhenaten ruled Egypt in 14th century B.C. He is believed to be Tutankhamun’s father. Akhenaten’s monuments and statues were destroyed following his death, as his deviation from the traditional polytheistic Egyptian culture, to worshipping Aten, was rejected by people. His capital city and his mummy were later unearthed by researchers.
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 3 Anwar Sadat

Anwar Sadat
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Famous As: Former President of Egypt
Birthdate: December 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mit Abu al-Kum
Died: October 6, 1981
Anwar Sadat served as the president and prime minister of Egypt till his assassination in 1981. He was part of the Free Officers, a group that overthrew King Farouk. He became the first Muslim Nobel laureate, after winning the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty.

 4 Saladin

Saladin
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Famous As: Sultan of Egypt
Birthdate: 1137 AD
Birthplace: Tikrit, Iraq
Died: March 4, 1193
Named the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saladin founded the Ayyubid Dynasty. He abolished the Fatimid Caliphate and later defeated the Crusaders at the Battle of Hattin, thus taking control of Palestine. As the de facto Caliph of Islam, he controlled a vast area, including Egypt, Syria, and Yemen.

 5 Mohamed Morsi

Mohamed Morsi
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Famous As: 5th President of Egypt
Birthdate: August 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: El-Adwah

Mohamed Morsi served as the Egyptian president from 2012 to 2013 and was ousted from office by a coup. He led the Freedom and Justice Party briefly and was part of the Muslim Brotherhood. Following his ouster, he was charged with various crimes, but he died during a re-trial.

 6 Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali
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Famous As: Former UN Secretary General
Birthdate: November 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: February 16, 2016

Grandson of former Egyptian prime minister Boutros Ghali Bey, politician Boutros Boutros-Ghali is remembered for his tenure as the secretary-general of the UN, which witnessed peacekeeping activities in war-torn areas such as Bosnia and Herzegovina. His illustrious career boasted of various prestigious academic positions and a Fulbright scholarship.

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 7 Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
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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.
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 8 Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak
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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. 

 9 Ay

Ay
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Akhmim, Egypt
Died: 1319 AD

 10 Gamal Abdel Nasser

Gamal Abdel Nasser
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Famous As: Political Leader of Egypt
Birthdate: January 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bacos, Egypt
Died: September 28, 1970

Gamal Abdel Nasser was an Egyptian politician. He was the second president of Egypt, serving from 1954 to 1970. Before becoming the president, Nasser played a crucial role in the Egyptian revolution of 1952, in which he led a group of army to overthrow King Farouk. Nasser remains an iconic figure, not just in Egypt, but the entire Arab world.

 11 Ramesses I

Ramesses I
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Famous As: Pharaoh, Sovereign
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Avaris

 12 Khufu

Khufu
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Died: 2566 BC

 13 Menes

Menes
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 0000 BC

 14 Fuad II of Egypt

Fuad II of Egypt
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Birthdate: January 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cairo

 15 Horemheb

Horemheb
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Heracleopolis Magna
Died: 1292 BC

 16 Seti I

Seti I
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 1323 BC
Birthplace: Avaris
Died: 1279 BC

 17 Omar Abdel-Rahman

Omar Abdel-Rahman
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: May 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dakahlia Governorate, Egypt
Died: February 18, 2017

 18 Farouk of Egypt

Farouk of Egypt
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Famous As: King of Egypt and the Sudan
Birthdate: February 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: March 18, 1965

The eldest son of Sultan Fuad I, Farouk of Egypt received his education in Egypt and England before taking over the throne. He later gained criticism for his lavish lifestyle and his eccentricities, such as his order that except his entourage, no other cars could be painted red.

 19 Amenhotep II

Amenhotep II
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: 1401 BC

 20 Merneptah

Merneptah
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Birthdate: 0000 BC

 21 Suzanne Mubarak

Suzanne Mubarak
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minya Governorate

 22 Thutmose I

Thutmose I
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 1500 BC

 23 Smenkhkare

Smenkhkare
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Died: 1334 BC

 24 Adly Mansour

Adly Mansour
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Famous As: Magistrate, Judge, Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: December 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cairo

 25 Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt

Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: March 4, 1789
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Drama, Greece
Died: November 10, 1848

 26 Thutmose II

Thutmose II
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 1510 BC
Died: 1479 BC

 27 Mohamed Hussein Tantawi

Mohamed Hussein Tantawi
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: October 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cairo

 28 Isma'il Pasha

Isma'il Pasha
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Famous As: Khedive
Birthdate: December 31, 1830
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: March 2, 1895

 29 Ptolemy II Philadelphus

Ptolemy II Philadelphus
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0309 BC
Birthplace: Alexandria
Died: 0246 AD

 30 Thutmose IV

Thutmose IV
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 1420 BC
Died: 1390 BC

 31 Hor-Aha

Hor-Aha
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Famous As: pharaoh
Birthdate: 0000 BC

 32 Mentuhotep II

Mentuhotep II
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Died: 1995 BC

 33 Gamal Mubarak

Gamal Mubarak
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: December 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cairo

 34 Senusret I

Senusret I
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Famous As: Pharaoh, politician
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Died: 1919 BC

 35 Shoshenq I

Shoshenq I
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 1000 BC
Died: 0924 BC

 36 Abd el-Krim

Abd el-Krim
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: 1882 AD
Birthplace: Ajdir
Died: February 6, 1963

 37 Perdiccas

Perdiccas
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: 0350 BC
Birthplace: Orestis
Died: 0321 BC

 38 Userkaf

Userkaf
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Died: 2487 BC

 39 Senusret III

Senusret III
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Famous As: Pharaoh, politician
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Died: 1839 BC

 40 Neferirkare Kakai

Neferirkare Kakai
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 2483 BC
Died: 2465 BC

 41 Khasekhemwy

Khasekhemwy
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Died: 2686 BC

 42 Kamose

Kamose
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Died: 1550 BC

 43 Sahure

Sahure
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 2500 BC
Died: 2490 BC

 44 Muhammad Naguib

Muhammad Naguib
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Birthdate: February 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khartoum
Died: August 29, 1984

 45 Omar Suleiman

Omar Suleiman
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Famous As: diplomat, politician, military personnel
Birthdate: April 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Qina
Died: July 19, 2012

 46 Den

Den
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Famous As: Pharaoh, statesperson
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Died: 2995 BC

 47 Huda Sharawi

Huda Sharawi
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Famous As: Feminist and nationalist
Birthdate: June 23, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minya, Egypt
Died: December 12, 1947

 48 Ahmed Shafik

Ahmed Shafik
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 49 Jehan Sadat

Jehan Sadat
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cairo

 50 Saad Zaghloul

Saad Zaghloul
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: July 1, 1859
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kafr El Sheikh Governorate, Egypt
Died: August 23, 1927