10+ This Is What World Leaders Looked Like When They Were Young

#1 Joseph Stalin, 1902

The leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. He held the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and was effectively the dictator of the state.

#2 Bill Clinton with President John F. Kennedy, July 24, 1963

A member of the Democratic Party, Clinton was ideologically a New Democrat, and many of his policies reflected a centrist “Third Way” political philosophy.

#3 Eighteen-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, 1945

Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, she has reigned since 1952

#4 Teenage Vladimir Putin, 1966

Putin is the current President of the Russian Federation and has held office since 7 May 2012. He was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, President from 2000 to 2008, and again Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012. During his second term as Prime Minister, he was also the Chairman of the ruling United Russia Party.

#5 Barrack Obama, 1980

He was the first African-American to have served as president, as well as the first to be born outside the United States. He previously served in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois from 2005 to 2008, and in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004.

#6 John F. Kennedy, 1927

JFK was a member of the Democratic Party, and his New Frontier domestic program was largely enacted as a memorial to him after his death. Kennedy also established the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963.

#7 Richard Nixon, 1930s

The year 1973 saw an Arab oil embargo, gasoline rationing, and a continuing series of revelations about the Watergate scandal. The scandal escalated, costing Nixon much of his political support, and on August 9, 1974, he resigned in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office. After his resignation, he was issued a pardon by his successor, Gerald Ford.

#8 Donald Trump, 1966

Trump won the general election on November 8, 2016, in a surprise victory against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. He became the oldest and wealthiest person to assume the presidency, the first without prior military or government service, and the fifth elected with less than a plurality of the national popular vote. His political positions have been described by scholars and commentators as populist, protectionist, and nationalist.

#9 Angela Merkel, 1973

In 2007, Merkel was President of the European Council and chaired the G8, the second woman to do so. Merkel played a central role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Berlin Declaration. One of Merkel’s consistent priorities has been to strengthen transatlantic economic relations. Merkel played a crucial role in managing the financial crisis at the European and international level, and she has been referred to as “the decider.”

#10 Nelson Mandela, 1937

Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Although critics on the right denounced him as a communist terrorist and those on the radical left deemed him too eager to negotiate and reconcile with apartheid’s supporters, he gained international acclaim for his activism. Widely regarded as an icon of democracy and social justice, he received more than 250 honours—including the Nobel Peace Prize—and became the subject of a cult of personality. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, and described as the “Father of the Nation”. Mandela died on December 5, 2013, from a respiratory tract infection.

#11 Adolf Hitler, Early 1900s

Known as one of the vilest beings in history, Hitler’s leadership is responsible for the death of 5.5 million Jews. They ostracised anything they thought were less than them or socially undesirable. They killed 19.3 million civilians and prisoners of war.

Hitler’s reign caused unprecedented death in warfare and is known as the darkest time in history. World War was unprecedented in warfare and constitutes the deadliest conflict in human history.

#12 George W. Bush, 1964

The 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred eight months into Bush’s first term as president. Bush responded with launching a “War on Terror”. It is an international military campaign that included the war in Afghanistan in 2001 and the Iraq War in 2003. He also promoted policies on the economy, health care, education. He also amended the Constitution to define what “marriage” meant in the eyes of the government.

#13 Kim Jong-il, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-suk, 1945

Kim Jong-il was the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) from 1994 to 2011. It is commonly referred to as North Korea. By the early 1980s, Kim had become the heir apparent to the leadership of the country and assumed important posts in the party and army organs.

#14 Dalai Lama

Despite his humble beginnings,  the 14th Dalai Lama had become the joint most popular world leader by 2013. This was according to a poll conducted by Harris Interactive of New York, which sampled public opinion in the USA and six major European countries.

#15 Pope John Paul II

Pope Saint John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyła, was Pope from 1978 to 2005. He is called by some Catholics Saint John Paul the Great.

#16 Pope Francis,

Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He holds the title as Bishop of Rome, and sovereign of Vatican City. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

#17 Margaret Thatcher, Ex-Prime Minister of England.

She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century. She was also the first woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her The Iron Lady, a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style.

#18 Fidel Castro, 1955

Fidel Castro was politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist. He also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his administration, Cuba became a one-party socialist state.

#19 Hugo Chavez,

Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was a Venezuelan politician.  He served as the 64th President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013. He was also the leader of the Fifth Republic Movement from its foundation in 1997 until 2007. It later merged with several other parties to form the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), which he led until 2012.

#20 Bashar al-Assad

Bashar Hafez al-Assad born 11 September 1965) is the 19th and current President of Syria. He has held the office since 17 July 2000. He is also commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces, General Secretary of the ruling Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party and Regional Secretary of the party’s branch in Syria.


#21 President Dilma Rousseff, 1970

Dilma Vana Rousseff is a Brazilian economist and politician. She was the 36th President of Brazil from 2011 until her impeachment and removal from office on 31 August 2016. As the first woman to have held the Brazilian presidency, she holds a special honor. She also previously served as Chief of Staff to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from 2005 to 2010.

#22 Mahatma Gandhi, 1887

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

#23 King Salman, 1954

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was born 31 December 1935. He is the King of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. He is also the head of the House of Saud.

#24 Shinzo Abe, 1956

Shinzō Abe, pictured bottom left, was born 21 September 1954. He is the Prime Minister of Japan and the President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He is one of the longest serving PMs in Japanese history.

#26 Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq. He served in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. He was a leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party. Later, he was also a member of the Baghdad-based Ba’ath Party and its regional organization the Iraqi Ba’ath Party. It supported Ba’athism, a mix of Arab nationalism and socialism.

#27 Nicolae Ceaușescu

Nicolae Ceaușescu was a Romanian Communist politician. He was general secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989. Therefore, he was the country’s second and last Communist leader. He was also the country’s head of state from 1967 to 1989.

#28 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  shaking hands with President Zalman Shazar, 1972

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel. Netanyahu also currently serves as a member of the Knesset and Chairman of the Likud party.

Zalman Shazar was an Israeli politician, author and poet. Shazar served as the third President of Israel from 1963 to 1973.

#29 President Hassan Rouhani, 1970

Hassan Rouhani is the seventh and current President of Iran since 2013. He is also a lawyer, academic and former diplomat. He has been a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts since 1999, a member of the Expediency Council since 1991, and a member of the Supreme National Security Council since 1989.

#30 Ms Park Geun Hye

Park Geun-Hye is a South Korean politician. She served as the 11th President of South Korea, from 2013 to 2017. Park is the first woman to be elected as President of South Korea and served the 18th presidential term.

#31 Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a lawyer, politician, and the founder of Pakistan. Jinnah served as leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan’s creation on 14 August 1947, and then as Pakistan’s first Governor-General until his death.

#32 Malcolm Turnbull, 1977

Malcolm Bligh Turnbull (born 24 October 1954) is the 29th and current Prime Minister of Australia. He first served as parliamentary leader of the Liberal Party of Australia. Later, as an opposition leader from 2008 to 2009. He became a parliamentary leader and Prime Minister after defeating Tony Abbott at the 2015 Liberal leadership spill.

#33 Nana Akufo-Addo, the 1950s

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the President of Ghana, in office since January 2017. He served as Attorney General from 2001 to 2003 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007.

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