Famous Hungarian Leaders

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 1 Imre Nagy

Imre Nagy
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 7, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaposvár, Hungary
Died: June 16, 1958

Imre Nagy was a Hungarian politician who served as the third chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Hungarian People's Republic. He also served as the 44th prime minister of Hungary. In 1956, Nagy played an influential role in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 where he led the Revolution against the government, for which he was executed in 1958.

 2 Viktor Orbán

Viktor Orbán
Famous As: Prime Minister of Hungary
Birthdate: May 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Székesfehérvár

Viktor Orbán is a Hungarian politician and the current prime minister of Hungary. He is also the president of a national conservative political party called Fidesz. Over the years, Orbán has introduced major legislative and constitutional reforms in the country. However, Hungary has also been experiencing democratic backsliding under his leadership since 2010.

 3 John Hunyadi

John Hunyadi
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1406 AD
Birthplace: Transylvania, Romania
Died: August 11, 1456

Transylvania-born Hungarian military general John Hunyadi had also been the country’s governor. Remembered for his role in the battles of Kosovo and Varna, he eventually succumbed to a plague outbreak, though he went down in history for his valiant exploits against the Turks and is now a legend even in Romania and Bulgaria.

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 4 György Lukács

György Lukács
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 13, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 4, 1971

One of the pioneers of Western Marxism, Hungarian philosopher and literary critic György Lukács also taught at the University of Budapest and later became a major pillar of the Hungarian uprising. His best-known written works include Soul and Form and The Historical Novel, apart from his books on Goethe, Lenin, and Marx.

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 5 Miklós Horthy

Miklós Horthy
Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: June 18, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kenderes, Hungary
Died: February 9, 1957

Miklós Horthy was a Hungarian statesman and admiral who served as the regent of Hungary from 1920 to 1944. He started his career in the Austro-Hungarian Navy and played an important role in the Battle of the Strait of Otranto. During the final year of World War I, Miklós Horthy became commander-in-chief of the Austro-Hungarian Navy.

 6 János Áder

János Áder
Famous As: President of Hungary
Birthdate: May 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Csorna

Hungarian president János Áder was born in the small town Csorna and is a qualified lawyer. His first step into politics was as a law expert of the liberal-democratic party Fidesz. He has previously been the Speaker of the National Assembly. The father of four is married to a judge.

 7 Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor

Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor
Famous As: Holy Roman emperor
Birthdate: July 26, 1678
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 17, 1711

Emperor Leopold I’s eldest son, Joseph I became the king of Hungary at the tender age of 9 and the king of Romans at 11. Though he strengthened Austria’s financial situation, bringing the Viennese city bank under the state, he failed to retain the Spanish crown for the Habsburg Monarchy.

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 8 George Friedman

George Friedman
Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: February 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

A renowned international affairs strategist and geopolitical forecaster, George Friedman is also a New York Times bestselling author, having penned works such as The Storm Before the Calm and The Next 100 Years. He has also headed Stratfor as its CEO and has worked with various US military and government organizations.

 9 Lajos Kossuth

Lajos Kossuth
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 16, 1802
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Monok, Hungary
Died: March 20, 1894

Born into a noble family, Lajos Kossuth grew up to be one of his country’s greatest political reformers. He initially followed in his father’s footsteps to become a lawyer and later entered national politics to become the governor-president of Hungary. He is remembered for his role in the Hungarian Revolution.

 10 Ilona Staller

Ilona Staller
Famous As: Pornographic actor, Politician
Birthdate: November 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Ilona Staller is a former porn star, singer, and politician. She achieved popularity by appearing in Telefono rosso, the first Italian hardcore pornography production, and then went on to pose nude in Playboy's editions around the world. In 1980, an erotic series titled La Cicciolina was made based on Ilona Staller's life and career.

 11 Louis I of Hungary

Louis I of Hungary
Birthdate: March 5, 1326
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Visegrád
Died: September 10, 1382

 12 Árpád

Famous As: Hungarian ruler
Birthdate: 0845 AD
Died: 0907 AD

 13 Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor

Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 13, 1608
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Graz
Died: April 2, 1657

Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III is largely held responsible for ending the Thirty Years’ War in 1648 with 2 peace treaties known as the Peace of Westphalia. He also conspired against Generalissimo Albrecht von Wallenstein when he was denied control of the imperial army. He was also instrumental in the Peace of Prague.

 14 Ferenc Szálasi

Ferenc Szálasi
Famous As: Former Politician who was the fascist leader of Hungary during the last days of World War II
Birthdate: January 6, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia
Died: March 12, 1946

 15 János Kádár

János Kádár
Famous As: General Secretary of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party from 1956 until 1988
Birthdate: May 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rijeka, Croatia
Died: July 6, 1989

A major figure of the Hungarian Communist Party, János Kádár had a major contribution to Hungary’s transformation from being anti-Soviet to pro-Soviet. Born as an illegitimate child of a soldier and a maid, he quit school at 14 but grew up to lead the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party.

 16 Sándor Petőfi

Sándor Petőfi
Famous As: Former Hungary's national poet, and was one of the key figures of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848
Birthdate: January 1, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kiskőrös, Hungary
Died: July 31, 1849

Hungarian poet and revolutionary Sándor Petőfi is remembered as one of the pillars of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution, and his song Talpra Magyar became an anthem of the revolution. While he was initially part of the army, ill health got him dismissed soon. He also penned the epic fairy tale János vitéz.

 17 Béla Kun

Béla Kun
Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Journalist
Birthdate: February 20, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cehu Silvaniei
Died: August 29, 1938

Born to a village clerk in Hungary, Béla Kun later rose to be one of the most prominent Communist leaders of his country. Initially a journalist, he later fought for the Austro-Hungarian Army and was captured by the Russians. In Russia, he embraced Communism and later established the Hungarian Communist Party.

 18 Louis II of Hungary

Louis II of Hungary
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 1, 1506
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buda
Died: August 29, 1526

 19 Mátyás Rákosi

Mátyás Rákosi
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ada
Died: February 5, 1971

 20 Ferenc Rákóczi, II

Ferenc Rákóczi, II
Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: March 27, 1676
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Borsi, Hungary
Died: April 8, 1735

 21 Katalin Novák

Katalin Novák
Famous As: Member of National Assembly
Birthdate: September 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Szeged, Hungary

 22 Ferenc Gyurcsány

Ferenc Gyurcsány
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: June 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pápa

 23 John Zápolya

John Zápolya
Famous As: King of Hungary and Croatia (1526–1540)
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.

 24 Gyula Andrássy

Gyula Andrássy
Famous As: Prime Minister of Hungary (1867–1871)
Birthdate: March 3, 1823
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vlachovo, Slovakia
Died: February 18, 1890

Gyula Andrássy not only served as Hungary’s prime minister but also created the 1879 the Austro-German alliance with German chancellor Otto von Bismarck. He remained associated with Hungarian public affairs even after his retirement. He was the first Magyar statesman to hold a long-term European position.

 25 Pál Teleki

Pál Teleki
Famous As: Prime minister
Birthdate: November 1, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: April 3, 1941

 26 Archduke Joseph August of Austria

Archduke Joseph August of Austria
Famous As: Archduke
Birthdate: August 9, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alcsútdoboz, Hungary
Died: July 6, 1962

An Austro-Hungarian field marshal, Archduke Joseph August of Austria was born into the aristocratic family of Archduke Joseph Karl of Austria. A 72-carat diamond named after him is considered the world’s 12-largest diamond and was once owned by him. He was also associated with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

 27 István Tisza

István Tisza
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 22, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 31, 1918

Not only did István Tisza serve as the Hungarian prime minister, but he also supported the Austro-Hungarian dualist government. A qualified lawyer, he also had doctorate degrees in economics and political science and also dealt with macroeconomic issues. His father, Kálmán Tisza, too, had been the prime minister of Hungary.

 28 Andrew III of Hungary

Andrew III of Hungary
Famous As: prelate
Birthdate: 1265 AD
Birthplace: Venice
Died: January 14, 1301

 29 Prince Leopold Clement of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Prince Leopold Clement of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: July 19, 1878
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Svätý Anton, Hungary
Died: April 27, 1916

 30 Teddy Kollek

Teddy Kollek
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nagyvázsony, Hungary
Died: January 2, 2007

 31 Ferenc Deák

Ferenc Deák
Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: October 17, 1803
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Söjtör, Hungary
Died: January 28, 1876

 32 Arpad Goncz

Arpad Goncz
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 6, 2015

The first democratic president of Hungary, Arpad Goncz had been part of the anti-Nazi resistance and also the anti-Soviet Hungarian Revolution of 1956, and was jailed for the latter. A father figure in Hungary, he earned the nickname Uncle Arpi. Post-retirement, he devoted himself to charitable causes.

 33 Gábor Vona

Gábor Vona
Famous As: President of Jobbik
Birthdate: August 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gyöngyös, Hungary

 34 Pál Maléter

Pál Maléter
Famous As: Military leader, Revolutionary
Birthdate: September 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prešov, Slovakia
Died: June 16, 1958

 35 Ernő Gerő

Ernő Gerő
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: July 8, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trebušovce, Slovakia
Died: March 12, 1980

 36 Mihály Károlyi

Mihály Károlyi
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: March 4, 1875
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 20, 1955

Born into an affluent Hungarian aristocratic family, Mihály Károlyi was, however, often ridiculed in childhood due to his cleft lip and speech difficulty, later cured by surgery. He grew up to be Hungary’s prime minister and, later, its first president, too. He was exiled in his later years.

 37 Pál Schmitt

Pál Schmitt
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary

Pál Schmitt hasn’t just served Hungary as its president, but has also won 2 Olympic gold medals as a fencer. He was also a member of the IOC and has been the Magyar Olympic Committee’s general secretary. Additionally, he has served his country as its ambassador to Spain, Switzerland, and Andorra.

 38 Gordon Bajnai

Gordon Bajnai
Famous As: Prime Minister, economist
Birthdate: March 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Szeged

A seasoned Hungarian economist, Gordon Bajnai has not just led his country as its prime minister but has also been associated with various investment and equity companies, such as CA IB Securities, the Wallis Group, Campbell Lutyens, and Meridiam. He is also a skilled soccer player.

 39 György Thurzó

György Thurzó
Famous As: Palatine of Hungary between 1609 and 1616
Birthdate: September 2, 1567
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Castle Lietava, Lietava, Slovakia
Died: December 24, 1616

 40 József Antall

József Antall
Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: April 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pestújhely, Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 12, 1993

The first prime minister of Hungary who was democratically elected, József Antall was initially trained as a history teacher and museologist and had even taught at a grammar school in Budapest. Later banned from teaching for his role in the Hungarian uprising, he joined the Hungarian Democratic Forum.

 41 Gyula Gömbös

Gyula Gömbös
Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: December 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murga, Hungary
Died: October 6, 1936

 42 Károly Grósz

Károly Grósz
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Miskolc, Hungary
Died: January 7, 1996

 43 Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln

Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln
Famous As: Former British Member of Parliament for Darlington, Protestant missionary
Birthdate: April 4, 1879
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paks, Hungary
Died: October 6, 1943

 44 Maurice Benyovszky

Maurice Benyovszky
Famous As: Explorer and Military personnel
Birthdate: September 20, 1746
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vrbové, Slovakia
Died: May 24, 1786

 45 Lajos Batthyány

Lajos Batthyány
Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: February 10, 1807
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: October 6, 1849

 46 Klára Dobrev

Klára Dobrev
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

 47 Zoltán Tildy

Zoltán Tildy
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 18, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Losonc, Austria-Hungary (today Lučenec, Slovakia)
Died: August 4, 1961

Zoltán Tildy, who started off as an Independent Smallholders' Party leader, soon rose to lead Hungary as its prime minister and then as its president. Initially trained as a Protestant minister, he had also been a pastor and a high-school teacher before venturing into politics.

 48 Mór Jókai

Mór Jókai
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 18, 1825
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Komarom, Hungary
Died: May 5, 1904

 49 Dome Sztojay

Dome Sztojay
Famous As: Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hungary in 1944, during World War II
Birthdate: January 5, 1883
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingdom of Hungary
Died: August 22, 1946

 50 Zsolt Borkai

Zsolt Borkai
Famous As: Artistic gymnast, Politician
Birthdate: August 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Győr, Hungary