Prime Ministers

The prime minister is the official head of the government or the senior most minister of the cabinet in the government in a parliamentary system. In several countries which have the parliamentary form of government, the prime minister is the actual head of the government and head of the executive branch of the government; in such countries, the president holds a largely ceremonial position. The office of the prime minister was primarily developed in Britain during the 18th century. The prime minister system in many Commonwealth countries was based upon the British model. Often the prime minister is a member of the parliament and one of his duties is to ensure the passage of bills through the legislature. In many countries like the U.K and India, the prime minister, being the head of the government also takes up other roles or titles in the government. The role of prime ministers is encountered in parliamentary republics like India, France, Germany and Ireland and also in constitutional monarchies like Belgium, Norway,

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 1 Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: November 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: January 24, 1965

The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdoms, Winston Churchill, is known for successfully leading his country during the Second World War against the Nazi Germany. An officer in the British army, he also served as a war correspondent before venturing into politics. One of the most influential peoples in British history, Churchill was also an accomplished painter.

 2 Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: April 8, 2013

United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister and also the longest serving Prime Minister in the 20th century, Margaret Thatcher served three consecutive terms in the office from 1979 till 1990. Her political views and leadership approach, known as Thatcherism, got her the nickname of Iron Lady. Though controversial, she prominently ranks high in the list of the best British Prime Ministers.

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 3 Theresa May

Theresa May
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Famous As: Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: October 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Theresa May is a British politician who became the United Kingdom's second female prime minister. She served as prime minister from 2016 to 2019. During her prime ministership, May's involvement in the Brexit negotiations gave rise to the Brexit withdrawal agreement. She is also credited with co-founding Women2Win, which promotes women empowerment.

 4 Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: December 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

Justin Trudeau is one of the most popular and good-looking Canadian politicians of all time. His good looks have made women and men go weak in their knees. After becoming the second-youngest prime minister of Canada, Justin went on to become one of the most liked politicians around the world.

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 5 Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: December 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 16, 2018

Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as the 10th Prime Minister of India and was the first prime minister who did not belong to the Indian National Congress. The BJP politician had been a journalist and an RSS member. He was a noted poet, too. During his tenure as prime minister, he carried out Pokhran II nuclear tests in 1998 and declared India as a country with nuclear weapons capability.

 6 Imran Khan

Imran Khan
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Famous As: 22nd PM of Pakistan
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Pakistani

The current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan is also the founder and chairman of the political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Before making an entry into politics, Imran Khan was an extremely popular international cricketer who led Pakistan to its first ever Cricket World Cup title in 1992. As a philanthropist, he established Pakistan’s first cancer hospital in Lahore.

 7 Lal Bahadur Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: October 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Died: January 11, 1966

The second prime minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri, was known for his environmental campaigns and his support for the White Revolution. His slogan "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War, became immensely popular. He ended the war by signing the Tashkent Agreement, but died a day later.

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 8 Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: April 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

Stephen Harper is a Canadian politician and economist. From 2006 to 2015, Harper served as the prime minister of Canada. In 2019, he was made the Companion of the Order of Canada for his service to the nation and for his illustrious career in politics.

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 9 Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: May 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian

Scott Morrison is an Australian politician, currently serving as the prime minister of Australia. After assuming office, Morrison led the Coalition to victory in 2019, which was considered a significant upset as the Labor Party was ahead of the Coalition in most opinion polls. As Australia's first Pentecostal PM, Morrison also serves as an inspiration to the Pentecostal community.

 10 Wilfrid Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier
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Famous As: 7th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: November 20, 1841
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Died: February 17, 1919

Wilfrid Laurier was a Canadian politician who served as the seventh prime minister of Canada; he was in office from 1896 to 1911. Counted amongst the country's greatest statesmen, he envisioned Canada as a “land of individual liberty and decentralized federalism.” He was placed first on Maclean's historical ranking of Canadian prime ministers in 2011.

 11 Shigeru Yoshida

Shigeru Yoshida
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister
Birthdate: September 22, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: October 20, 1967

 12 Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson
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Famous As: British Prime Minister
Birthdate: June 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

The current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson has been active in politics for over two decades. Prior to joining politics, he worked as a journalist. His supporters hail him for unconventional image and sense of humor while his detractors criticize him for being “ruthless, elitist, and biased".

 13 Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi
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Famous As: Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: September 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

The 14th PM of India, Narendra Modi, created history when he became the first prime minister outside of the Congress party to win two consecutive terms with a full majority; he achieved this feat in 2019. From Bharatiya Janata Party worker to India’s PM, Modi’s journey is remarkable. However, he’s been plagued by controversies too, including the handling of 2002 Gujarat riots.

 14 Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru
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Famous As: First PM of India & Freedom Fighter
Birthdate: November 14, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: May 27, 1964

Jawaharlal Nehru was one of the central figures of the Indian independence movement along with personalities like Mahatma Gandhi. He became the first prime minister of India and left behind such a legacy that his direct descendants continue to play an important role in Indian politics.

 15 Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: November 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 31, 1984

The third Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi served as PM from 1966 till 1977 and then again from 1980 till her assassination in October 1984. She is considered one of India’s strongest PM and is hailed for leading India to victory over Pakistan in 1971, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh. However, she is also categorised as authoritarian and is criticised for imposing Emergency in 1975.

 16 David Cameron

David Cameron
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: October 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

British politician David Cameron served as the prime minister of the UK from 2010 to 2016. During his prime ministership, Cameron's government introduced large-scale changes to education, healthcare, immigration policy, and welfare. His administration also legalized same-sex marriage in Wales and England and privatized the Royal Mail

 17 Pierre Trudeau

Pierre Trudeau
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Famous As: 15th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: October 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: September 28, 2000

Pierre Trudeau was a Canadian politician who served as the 15th prime minister of the country. His personality generated excitement within Canada's mass media, which gave rise to the term Trudeaumania. The effects of Trudeau's contribution to Canadian nationalism can still be felt in Canada. 

 18 Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Pierre Elliott Trudeau
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: September 28, 2000

 19 Tony Blair

Tony Blair
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: May 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Former Labour Party leader Tony Blair was the prime minister of the U.K. from 1997 to 2007. He supported the U.S.’s “War on Terror.” Blair was the youngest British PM since 1812 and the longest-tenured from his party. He is known for introducing the “New Labour” and the “Third Way.”

 20 Nikita Khrushchev

Nikita Khrushchev
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Famous As: Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Birthdate: April 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Russian
Died: September 11, 1971

Nikita Khrushchev was the Soviet Premier from 1958 to 1964 and the first Communist Party secretary of the Soviets. He initially supported Stalin’s “purges” but denounced them in the Secret Speech to the 20th Party Congress. His reign saw the Suez Crisis, the Sputnik launch, and the 1960 U-2 incident.

 21 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
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Famous As: 12th President of Turkey
Birthdate: February 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Turkish

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a Turkish politician and the current president of Turkey. After founding the Justice and Development Party (AKP), he played a major role in leading the party to election victories and thereby helping AKP become a force to reckon with in Turkey. Described as an authoritarian, his government has restricted access to sites like Wikipedia and YouTube.

 22 Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern
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Famous As: Prime Minister of New Zealand
Birthdate: July 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: New Zealander

Jacinda Ardern is the current Prime Minister of New Zealand. In October 2017, at the age of 37, she became the world's youngest female head of government. Ardern was praised for the way she led her country after the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019 and handled the COVID 19 pandemic. She led her party to victory in 2020 general elections.

 23 Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: March 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: May 24, 1995

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for two non-consecutive terms, Harold Wilson was a British Labour politician. Historians commend him for leading his party through difficult political issues with considerable skill. With a moderate approach to socialism, he was a popular politician during his first tenure as the prime minister; his second tenure wasn’t as successful.

 24 Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe
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Famous As: Former PM & President of Zimbabwe
Birthdate: February 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Zimbabwean
Died: September 6, 2019

Robert Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary. He played a major role in the Rhodesian Bush War, which eventually led to the Lancaster House Agreement, resulting in the creation of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Subsequently, Mugabe served as the first prime minister of Zimbabwe and later as its president. A controversial figure, Mugabe is also often criticized for his tyrannical ways.

 25 Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
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Famous As: Ruler of Dubai
Birthdate: July 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Emirati

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the current prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates. He has also been serving as the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai since 2006. He is credited with turning Dubai into a global city; he has overseen the development of several projects, such as the Palm Islands and Burj Khalifa

 26 Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Israeli

The current Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Israel. Before becoming a politician, Netanyahu had a prolific military career; he played important roles in the Yom Kippur War and the War of Attrition and participated in missions, such as Operation Isotope and Operation Gift.

 27 Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: August 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: May 21, 1991

Rajiv Gandhi was the sixth and the youngest Prime Minister of India. He played a major role in suhering the computer era in India. During the initial phase of his term, he was very popular but later on his regime was marred by corruption scandals and he lost the next election. He was assassinated by Tamil militants, while he was the leader of the opposition. 

 28 Otto von Bismarck

Otto von Bismarck
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Famous As: German Statesman
Birthdate: April 1, 1815
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: July 30, 1898
Otto von Bismarck was a German statesman. Bismarck is credited with masterminding the unification of Germany and served as its first chancellor. He is also credited with creating the first modern welfare state in the world. Regarded as a hero by German nationalists, Otto von Bismarck's life has inspired a couple of TV series.

 29 Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

The 13th Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh became the first Sikh in office when he took office in 2004. A prominent economist and academic, he held several key posts in the Government of India in the 1970s and 1980s. Known for his humility, he  has been described by the media as "one of the world's most revered leaders."

 30 Harold Macmillan

Harold Macmillan
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: February 10, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: December 29, 1986

Harold Macmillan, also known as “Supermac” because of his witty personality, served as the British prime minister from 1957 to 1963. He was injured and rendered partially immobile while serving in World War I. He was known for supporting the nuclear test ban and for association with the Suez Crisis.

 31 Neville Chamberlain

Neville Chamberlain
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Famous As: Prime Minister of the U.K.
Birthdate: March 18, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: November 9, 1940

Neville Chamberlain was a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, Chamberlain served as UK's prime minister from 1937 to 1940. Known for his signing of the Munich Agreement, which is also called the Munich Betrayal, Neville Chamberlain is regarded by many as one of the most controversial prime ministers of the UK.

 32 Ferdinand Marcos

Ferdinand Marcos
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Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: September 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Filipino
Died: September 28, 1989

Ferdinand Marcos served as the tenth president of the Philippines. Marcos' rule was marked by brutality, extravagance, and corruption, making him the most controversial leader of his generation. Deemed a kleptocrat, Marcos' dictatorship caused an economic collapse during which the country suffered greatly. He was removed from power in 1986 after a series of protests called the People Power Revolution.

 33 Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto
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Birthdate: June 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who served as Pakistan's prime minister in two separate terms and became the first woman in a Muslim majority nation to lead a democratic government. She was assassinated, at the age of 54, and after her death has been revered by many as an icon for women's rights.

 34 Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar
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Famous As: Teachta Dála
Birthdate: January 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Irish
Leo Varadkar is the Tánaiste, or deputy head, of Ireland. He has previously been the defense minister, the health minister, and the Fine Gael leader. Named to Time 100, he became the first openly gay Irish government head and the first Taoiseach, or Irish prime minister, of Indian origin.

 35 John Major

John Major
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Britain
Birthdate: March 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
John Major served as the British prime minister from 1990 to 1997. He initiated the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the Citizen's Charter. He also sent British troops to the Gulf War. He was also the Foreign Secretary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer under Margaret Thatcher. 

 36 Josip Broz Tito

Josip Broz Tito
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Birthdate: May 7, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Serbian
Died: May 4, 1980
Josip Broz Tito served as the prime minister of Yugoslavia from 1944 to 1963 and as its president from 1953 to 1980. He was also the Marshal of Yugoslavia. During World War II, he led the Partisans. He was also one of the main figures behind the Non-Aligned Movement.

 37 Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Malaysia
Birthdate: July 10, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Malaysian

Mahathir Mohamad is a Malaysian statesman, doctor, and author. He twice served as the prime minister of Malaysia and is widely regarded as one of the most popular Malaysian prime ministers of all time. Under his premiership, Malaysia underwent a period of rapid economic growth and modernization. Mahathir Mohamad is also credited with establishing strong foreign relations with many countries.

 38 Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Investment Banker
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian

Malcolm Turnbull is a retired Australian politician. From 2015 to 2018, Turnbull served as the 29th prime minister of Australia. He also served as the leader of the Liberal Party on two occasions. For his service to the Parliament of Australia, Turnbull was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia during the 2021 Australia Day Honours

 39 Clement Attlee

Clement Attlee
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: January 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: October 8, 1967

Clement Attlee was a British politician. As the Prime Minister of the UK, Attlee organized the granting of independence to Pakistan and India. in 1947. He also oversaw the independence of Ceylon and Burma. Regarded as one of the greatest prime ministers of the UK, Clement Attlee has been the subject of several plays and TV series. 

 40 Hassanal Bolkiah

Hassanal Bolkiah
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Famous As: Sultan of Brunei
Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Bruneian
Hassanal Bolkiah is the prime minister and Sultan of Brunei. The eldest son of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III, Bolkiah is the world's second longest-tenured living monarch, after Queen Elizabeth II. He has chaired APEC and ASEAN summits. He was the world’s richest person in 1997, surpassing Bill Gates.

 41 William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: March 15, 1779
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: November 24, 1848

 42 Giuseppe Conte

Giuseppe Conte
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 43 Edward Heath

Edward Heath
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: July 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: July 17, 2005
Edward Heath served as the British prime minister from 1970 to 1974. He reformed the local governments and introduced many metropolitan counties. He supported the European Communities and attempted to curb trade unions, with a view to deregulate the economy. He was the Father of the House for 9 years.

 44 Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Italy
Birthdate: September 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi served as the Italian prime minister for 9 years. Owner of the media groups Mediaset and Fininvest, and former owner of A.C. Milan, he also launched the first Italian private TV channel, Telemilano. Despite a conviction for tax fraud, he became a European Parliament MP later.

 45 Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew
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Famous As: Founding Father of Modern Singapore
Birthdate: September 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Singaporean
Died: March 23, 2015

Lawyer-turned-politician Lee Kuan Yew, also known as LKY, was the first prime minister of Singapore, from 1959 to 1990. He established the People's Action Party. He later also served as his country’s Senior Minister and Minister Mentor. He was also part of David Rockefeller's International Council and Forbes's Brain Trust.

 46 Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Pakistan
Birthdate: December 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Pakistani
Pakistani entrepreneur-turned-politician Nawaz Sharif became the longest-tenured prime minister of Pakistan. His steel construction business made him one of the richest men in the country. He was ousted by a military coup in 1999. He was imprisoned for a plane hijacking case and later dragged into the Panama Papers case.

 47 Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin
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Famous As: President of Russia
Birthdate: October 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Russian

The current President of Russia, Vladimir Putin is a popular politician, with the highest approval rating of any leader in the world as of July 2020. As a high-level politician who has the support of his citizens, he is a powerful figure in world politics. He has been accused by human rights organizations of persecuting political critics and activists.

 48 Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini
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Famous As: Former Duce
Birthdate: July 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 28, 1945

The dictator of Italy from 1925 to 1945, Benito Mussolini founded the Fascist Party in 1919. It opposed class discrimination and supported nationalism. But when in power, Mussolini crushed rival political parties, trade unions, free press and free speech. He was overthrown by his former colleagues in the Fascist government in July 1943 and ultimately shot dead in April 1945.

 49 P. V. Narasimha Rao

P. V. Narasimha Rao
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Famous As: Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: June 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 23, 2004

The ninth Prime Minister of India, P. V. Narasimha Rao, is often called the Father of Indian Economic Reforms due to a major economic transformation in India during his prime ministership. He dismantled the Licence Raj and his economic policies rescued India from an impending economic collapse. 

 50 Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli
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Famous As: British Prime Minister
Birthdate: December 21, 1804
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: April 19, 1881

Benjamin Disraeli was a British politician who served two terms as prime minister of the UK. Disraeli is credited with playing a key role in the formation of the modern Conservative Party. Apart from being an influential politician, Benjamin Disraeli was also a prolific novelist; he wrote and published works of fiction even while serving as the prime minister.

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