Famous Romanian Leaders

Romania is a republic in Southeast Europe. Officially named Romania in 1866, the country gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877. Following World War II, Romania became a socialist economy but soon transitioned back towards democracy and a capitalist market economy. Romania follows a federal republic and democratic system in which the governance is divided into the legislative, executive and judiciary. However, unlike other federal republic countries, Romania has a semi-presidential republic. As such, the role of the President is not limited to a ceremonial position and he enjoys some executive powers along with the government. The President of Romania is publically elected. The President appoints the Prime Minister who in turn appoints the Cabinet Minister. Ever since its independence, Romania has had a number of prolific leaders who have played a quintessential role in helping to move the country forward with their leadership skills and magnificent administrative capabilities. Nicolae Ceausescu was the first president of Romania, while Ion Iliescu was the first to be democratically elected. Traian Basescu has thrice held the post of the President of Romania. Currently, the position is held by Klaus Iohannis. With this section, find out more about Romanian leaders, their life, work and profile.

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 1 Ion Antonescu

Ion Antonescu
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Romania
Birthdate: June 2, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Piteşti
Died: June 1, 1946

 2 Klaus Iohannis

Klaus Iohannis
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Famous As: President of Romania
Birthdate: June 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sibiu
Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, who is also the National Liberal Party leader and had initially been a physics teacher, calls himself a “firefighter.” Though he has pledged to fight against corruption in Romania, Iohannis believes his country is not yet ready for the legalization of same-sex marriages. 
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 3 Nicolae Ceaușescu

Nicolae Ceaușescu
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Famous As: Former President of Romania
Birthdate: January 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Scornicești
Died: December 25, 1989

Nicolae Ceaușescu was a Romanian politician who served as the first president of the country. Ceaușescu's communist government was totalitarian and was responsible for human rights abuses and severe repression. An anti-government protest (the Romanian Revolution) broke out in 1989 and his government was overthrown subsequently. Ceaușescu and his wife were convicted of genocide and executed by firing squad.

 4 Elena Ceauşescu

Elena Ceauşescu
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Famous As: Romanian politician
Birthdate: January 7, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Petreşti, Dâmboviţa
Died: December 25, 1989

 5 Ion Iliescu

Ion Iliescu
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Famous As: Former President of Romania
Birthdate: March 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oltenița

Former president of Romania Ion Iliescu was in the news when in 2018, he was charged with crimes against humanity for being involved in the revolts following the toppling of the communist rule in 1989. He denied the charges, though over 800 people were killed after he assumed power.

 6 Corneliu Zelea Codreanu

Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
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Famous As: Politician, Essayist
Birthdate: September 13, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Huși
Died: November 30, 1938

 7 Nicu Ceausescu

Nicu Ceausescu
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: September 26, 1996
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 8 Liviu Dragnea

Liviu Dragnea
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Famous As: Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: October 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gratia

 9 Michael the Brave

Michael the Brave
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: January 15, 1558
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Drăgoeşti, Vâlcea
Died: August 9, 1601

 10 Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej

Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: November 8, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bârlad
Died: March 19, 1965

 11 Victor Ponta

Victor Ponta
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest

 12 Traian Băsescu

Traian Băsescu
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Famous As: Former President of Romania
Birthdate: November 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Murfatlar

Former Romanian politician Traian Băsescu was impeached and re-instated by a popular referendum once in 2007 and again in 2012. As the governor of Bucharest, he successfully reduced the number of stray dogs. He also sent Romanian troops to serve as part of George Bush’s war in Iraq.

 13 Pope Evaristus

Pope Evaristus
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: April 17, 0044
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bethlehem
Died: 0107 AD

 14 Joel Teitelbaum

Joel Teitelbaum
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Famous As: Philosopher, Rabbi
Birthdate: January 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației
Died: August 19, 1979

 15 Horia Sima

Horia Sima
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Famous As: politician, journalist
Birthdate: July 3, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Făgăraș
Died: May 25, 1993

 16 Nicolae Iorga

Nicolae Iorga
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Famous As: politician, linguist, geopolitician, poet
Birthdate: January 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Botoșani
Died: November 27, 1940

 17 Nicolae Paulescu

Nicolae Paulescu
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Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: October 30, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: July 17, 1931

 18 Dimitrie Cantemir

Dimitrie Cantemir
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: October 26, 1673
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dimitrie Cantemir, Romania
Died: September 1, 1723

 19 Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo

Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: 0007 AD
Birthplace: Peltuinum, Italy
Died: 0067 AD

 20 Emil Constantinescu

Emil Constantinescu
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Famous As: Former President of Romania
Birthdate: November 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bender, Moldova

Emil Constantinescu is a Romanian professor and politician. He served as the president of Romania from 1996 to 2000. During his term, he struggled with implementing the processes of privatization and was bogged down by multiple problems. Disillusioned towards the end of his term, he decided not to run for re-election. He is currently involved with many NGOs. 

 21 Elena Udrea

Elena Udrea
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: December 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buzău

 22 Iuliu Maniu

Iuliu Maniu
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 8, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Badacin, Romania
Died: February 5, 1953

 23 Armand Călinescu

Armand Călinescu
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: June 4, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Piteşti, Romania
Died: September 21, 1939

 24 Priscillian

Priscillian
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0340 AD
Birthplace: Spain
Died: 0385 AD

 25 Titus Annius Milo

Titus Annius Milo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Lanuvio
Died: 0048 AD

 26 Stephen III of Moldavia

Stephen III of Moldavia
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 1432 AD
Birthplace: Oneşti
Died: July 2, 1504

 27 Solomon Schechter

Solomon Schechter
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Famous As: Rabbi, University teacher
Birthdate: December 7, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Focșani
Died: November 19, 1915

 28 Tudor Vladimirescu

Tudor Vladimirescu
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: 1780 AD
Birthplace: Vladimiri, Romania
Died: June 7, 1821

 29 Emil Boc

Emil Boc
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Romania
Birthdate: September 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mărgău

 30 Adrian Năstase

Adrian Năstase
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Famous As: Romanian Politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest

 31 Ion Gheorghe Maurer

Ion Gheorghe Maurer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 23, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: February 8, 2000

 32 Ion I. C. Brătianu

Ion I. C. Brătianu
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 20, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ștefănești, Romania
Died: November 24, 1927

 33 Alexandru Averescu

Alexandru Averescu
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ozerne, Ukraine
Died: October 3, 1938

 34 Constantin Sănătescu

Constantin Sănătescu
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: January 14, 1885
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Craiova, Romania
Died: November 8, 1947

 35 Lucius Mummius Achaicus

Lucius Mummius Achaicus
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: 0175 AD
Birthplace: Rome , Italy
Died: 0126 AD

 36 Nicolae Titulescu

Nicolae Titulescu
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: March 4, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Craiova, Romania
Died: March 17, 1941

 37 Corneliu Coposu

Corneliu Coposu
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 20, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bobota, Sălaj Bobota, Sălaj County, Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen, Austria-Hungary
Died: November 11, 1995

 38 Ana Blandiana

Ana Blandiana
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Timișoara, Romania

 39 Gheorghe Tătărescu

Gheorghe Tătărescu
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 2, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Târgu Jiu, Romania
Died: March 28, 1957

 40 Nicolae Rădescu

Nicolae Rădescu
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: March 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: May 16, 1953

 41 Gaius Claudius Nero

Gaius Claudius Nero
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: 0247 AD
Birthplace: Rome
Died: 0189 AD

 42 Daciana Sârbu

Daciana Sârbu
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arad

 43 Teoctist Arăpașu

Teoctist Arăpașu
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Famous As: Patriarch
Birthdate: February 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stăuceni, Romania
Died: July 30, 2007

 44 Patriarch Miron of Romania

Patriarch Miron of Romania
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Famous As: Cleric
Birthdate: July 20, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toplita, Romania
Died: March 6, 1939

 45 Cătălin Predoiu

Cătălin Predoiu
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buzău

 46 Ion C. Brătianu

Ion C. Brătianu
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 2, 1821
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Argeș County, Romania
Died: May 16, 1891

 47 Alexandru Marghiloman

Alexandru Marghiloman
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: July 4, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buzău, Romania
Died: May 10, 1925

 48 Nicetas of Remesiana

Nicetas of Remesiana
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0335 AD
Birthplace: Illyria
Died: 0414 AD

 49 Mădălin Voicu

Mădălin Voicu
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Famous As: Conductor, Politician
Birthdate: July 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest

 50 Lascăr Catargiu

Lascăr Catargiu
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: November 1, 1823
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Iași, Romania
Died: April 11, 1899