Dalia Grybauskaitė became the first female president of Lithuania and the first to be re-elected. Popularly known as Lithuania’s Iron Lady and often compared to Margaret Thatcher, she has also been the UN Commissioner of the Year. A black belt in karate, she has mastery over four languages.
Former Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus had fought against the Soviet army during World War II. After fleeing to Germany, he studied in Munich and then migrated to the U.S., where he earned a civil engineering degree. Among his many accolades are honorary doctorates from countless foreign universities.
The first president of Lithuania, Antanas Smetona was drawn into the revolutionary movements of his country soon after finishing law school. A major political figure of his country during the two World Wars, he came to power for a second time after launching a coup in 1926.
Rolandas Paksas is a Lithuanian politician who served as the president of Lithuania from 2003 to 2004. Prior to this, he was the prime minister of Lithuania for two non-consecutive terms. A civil engineer by qualification, he founded a construction company, Restako, prior to joining politics. His political career has been shrouded in controversies.
Algirdas Brazauskas was a Lithuanian politician who served as the president of Lithuania from 1993 to 1998. An influential and popular politician, Brazauskas also served as the country's prime minister from 2001 to 2006. During his political career, Brazauskas made important contributions to improve the relations between Lithuania and Russia, for which he was awarded the Order of Honour.
Jonas Žemaitis was a Lithuanian political figure who served as a leader of a group of Lithuanian partisans who waged guerrilla warfare against the Soviet Union after the occupation of Lithuania by Soviet. After Lithuania's independence, Jonas Žemaitis was acknowledged as a national hero and was officially recognized as the fourth Lithuanian president in 2009.
Kazys Grinius was a Lithuanian political figure who served as the President of Lithuania from June 1926 to December 1926. Earlier, he had served as the Lithuanian Prime Minister from 1920 until his resignation in 1922. An important politician, Kazys Grinius is credited with co-founding the Lithuanian Popular Peasants' Union and the Lithuanian Democratic Party.
Justas Paleckis was a Lithuanian politician, journalist, and author. He was the de facto President and Prime Minister of Lithuania from June 1940 to August 1940. However, both his presidency and premiership were not officially recognized.