Famous Hungarian Leaders

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Ilona Staller
(Hungarian Former Pornographic Actress and Member of the Chamber of Deputies (1987 - 1992))
Ilona Staller
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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.

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John Hunyadi
(Politician)
John Hunyadi
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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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Imre Nagy
(Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Hungarian People's Republic (1953 – 1955))
Imre Nagy
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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.

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Viktor Orbán
(Prime Minister of Hungary)
Viktor Orbán
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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.

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Miklós Horthy
(Military Leader)
Miklós Horthy
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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.

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György Lukács
(Hungarian Marxist Philosopher, Literary Historian and One of the Founders of Western Marxism)
György Lukács
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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.

Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor
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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.

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Lajos Kossuth
(Governor-President of the Kingdom of Hungary (April 1849 - August 1849))
Lajos Kossuth
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Birthdate: September 19, 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.

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George Friedman
(Political Scientist)
George Friedman
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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.

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János Áder
(President of Hungary)
János Áder
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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.

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Árpád
(Hungarian ruler)
Árpád
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Birthdate: 0845 AD
Died: 0907 AD
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Louis I of Hungary
(King of Hungary and Croatia (1342 - 1382), King of Poland (1370 - 1382))
Louis I of Hungary
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Birthdate: March 5, 1326
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Visegrád
Died: September 10, 1382
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Louis II of Hungary
(King of Hungary, Bohemia, and Croatia (1516 - 1526))
Louis II of Hungary
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Birthdate: July 1, 1506
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buda
Died: August 29, 1526

Louis II of Hungary reigned as the King of Hungary, Bohemia, and Croatia from 1516 to 1526. His loss against the Ottomans led to the annexation of Hungary by the Ottomans; Louis II of Hungary was killed while fighting the Ottomans in the Battle of Mohács.

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Katalin Novák
(Member of National Assembly)
Katalin Novák
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Birthdate: September 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Szeged, Hungary
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Ferenc Szálasi
(Former Politician who was the fascist leader of Hungary during the last days of World War II)
Ferenc Szálasi
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Birthdate: January 6, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia
Died: March 12, 1946
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Sándor Petőfi
(Former Hungary's national poet, and was one of the key figures of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848)
Sándor Petőfi
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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.

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János Kádár
(General Secretary of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party from 1956 until 1988)
János Kádár
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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.

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Ferenc Rákóczi, II
(Prince of Transylvania (1704 - 1711))
Ferenc Rákóczi, II
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Birthdate: March 27, 1676
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Borsi, Hungary
Died: April 8, 1735

Hungarian nobleman Ferenc Rákóczi, II was born into a Magyar noble family and was the richest landlord in Hungary and the prince of Transylvania. He played a major role in the near-successful Rákóczi's War of Independence against the Habsburg empire and is now considered one of Hungary’s national heroes.

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Béla Kun
(Politician, Diplomat, Journalist)
Béla Kun
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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.

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Mátyás Rákosi
(Politician)
Mátyás Rákosi
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Birthdate: March 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ada
Died: February 5, 1971
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Gyula Andrássy
(Prime Minister of Hungary (1867–1871))
Gyula Andrássy
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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.

Archduke Joseph August of Austria
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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.

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Pál Teleki
(Prime minister)
Pál Teleki
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Birthdate: November 1, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: April 3, 1941
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Ferenc Gyurcsány
(Prime Minister)
Ferenc Gyurcsány
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Birthdate: June 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pápa
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István Tisza
(Politician)
István Tisza
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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.

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Andrew III of Hungary
(King of Hungary and Croatia (1290 - 1301))
Andrew III of Hungary
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Birthdate: 1265 AD
Birthplace: Venice
Died: January 14, 1301

Born to the posthumous son of King Andrew II, Stephan, Andrew III was made the king of Hungary after the death of King Ladislaus IV. A wise and solemn ruler, he was the last king of the House of Árpád. His reign witnessed continuous anarchy, especially from the Kőszegis and the Csáks.

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Teddy Kollek
(Politician)
Teddy Kollek
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Birthdate: May 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nagyvázsony, Hungary
Died: January 2, 2007
Prince Leopold Clement of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
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Birthdate: July 19, 1878
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Svätý Anton, Hungary
Died: April 27, 1916
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Árpád Göncz
(Former President of Hungary (1990 - 2000))
Árpád Göncz
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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.

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Ferenc Deák
(Statesman)
Ferenc Deák
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Birthdate: October 17, 1803
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Söjtör, Hungary
Died: January 28, 1876
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Gábor Vona
(President of Jobbik)
Gábor Vona
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Birthdate: August 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gyöngyös, Hungary
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Ernő Gerő
(Political leader)
Ernő Gerő
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Birthdate: July 8, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trebušovce, Slovakia
Died: March 12, 1980
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Mihály Károlyi
(1st President of Hungary (January 1919 - March 1919) and 20th Prime Minister of Hungary (1918 - 1919))
Mihály Károlyi
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Birthdate: March 4, 1875
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 19, 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.

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Pál Schmitt
(President of Hungary (2010 - 2012) and Former Olympic Fencer)
Pál Schmitt
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Birthdate: May 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, 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.

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Gordon Bajnai
(Prime Minister, economist)
Gordon Bajnai
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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.

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József Antall
(Former Prime Minister of Hungary (1990 - 1993))
József Antall
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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.

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György Thurzó
(Palatine of Hungary between 1609 and 1616)
György Thurzó
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Birthdate: September 2, 1567
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Castle Lietava, Lietava, Slovakia
Died: December 24, 1616
 38 
Gyula Gömbös
(Military officer)
Gyula Gömbös
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Birthdate: December 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murga, Hungary
Died: October 6, 1936
 39 
Pál Maléter
(Military leader, Revolutionary)
Pál Maléter
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Birthdate: September 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prešov, Slovakia
Died: June 16, 1958
 40 
Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln
(Former British Member of Parliament for Darlington, Protestant missionary)
Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln
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Birthdate: April 4, 1879
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paks, Hungary
Died: October 6, 1943
 41 
Károly Grósz
(Politician)
Károly Grósz
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Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Miskolc, Hungary
Died: January 7, 1996
 42 
Maurice Benyovszky
(Explorer and Military personnel)
Maurice Benyovszky
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Birthdate: September 20, 1746
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vrbové, Slovakia
Died: May 24, 1786
 43 
Zoltán Tildy
(Former President of Hungary (1946 - 1948), Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hungary (1945 - 1946))
Zoltán Tildy
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Birthdate: November 18, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: 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.

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Lajos Batthyány
(Statesman)
Lajos Batthyány
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Birthdate: February 10, 1807
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: October 6, 1849
 45 
Mór Jókai
(Novelist)
Mór Jókai
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Birthdate: February 18, 1825
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Komarom, Hungary
Died: May 5, 1904
 46 
Gyula Horn
(Prime Minister)
Gyula Horn
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Birthdate: July 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: June 19, 2013
 47 
Miklós Kállay
(Politician)
Miklós Kállay
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Birthdate: January 23, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nyíregyháza, Hungary
Died: January 14, 1967
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László Bárdossy
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Birthdate: December 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Szombathely, Hungary
Died: January 10, 1946
 49 
Zsolt Borkai
(Artistic gymnast, Politician)
Zsolt Borkai
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Birthdate: August 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Győr, Hungary
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László Sólyom
(Former President of Hungary)
László Sólyom
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Birthdate: January 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary

A qualified lawyer, László Sólyom initially had a promising career as an academic and taught law at various institutes. Apart from serving as the president of Hungary, he has also been the president of the Constitutional Court. Data privacy and ban on capital punishment have been two of his major agendas.