10 Most Powerful Dictators In the World Ever

“If you don’t like the Rule, just follow it, reach at the top and then change the Rule”. There are many politicians/generals who wanted to do things in their own way. They didn’t even care the value of life as much as they do their selfish motives of domination and power. We have seen some evil leaders who have committed few biggest atrocities in history.

Many dictators have begun their struggle for power through a positive political change. Others can be difficult to judge without bias. But always, ultimate power ends in a huge human cost. In this article, we’ll talk about the 10 Most Powerful Dictators in the World we have ever seen in history and some of the horrible things they did.

10. Ismail Enver Pasha

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Ismail Enver Pasha was born on 22 November 1881 and died at age of 40 on 4th August 1922. He was the leader of the Young Turk Revolution and became more powerful as he led the Ottoman Empire in World War I and the Balkan wars. He killed more than 1.5 million Armenians and over 1 million people of other races just to compensate his loss in Sarikamish.

9. Ante Pavelic

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Ante Pavelic was one of the worst dictators from the Balkan region. He murdered over 700,000 people, blown over any reasonable proportions mainly by Serbs after the war. He didn’t kill only Serbs but also who didn’t agree with his regime including Croats, Jews and member of his regime. Out of the population of 2 million he murdered 700,000 to 1 million.

8. Omar al-Bashir

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Omar al-Bashir was the President of Sudan and the ruler that negotiated the end of the Sudanese civil war. He seized power in military and immediately suspended the constitution and banned political parties. His army bombed civilians and tortured non Arabs. He led to wars in Darfur that claims the lives of about 400,000 people due to violence.

7. Idi Amin

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Idi Amin came to power after rising through the ranks of the British colonial army. He led a military coup to put himself in power. Idi Amin was best known for his short tempered behavior. Under his leadership thousands of Ugandan citizens were violently massacred so as to prevent ant rebellions from forming.

6. Hideki Tojo

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Hideki Tojo was the general of the Imperial Japanese Army. He assumed himself in the position of prime minister, home minister, army minister, education minister, etc. He also made ties with the nazis hoping that he would rise to power alongside Hitler. Due to his act of attacking other Asian countries he was responsible for the death of 5 million people.

5. Kim Jong-II

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Kim Jong-II spent millions that South Korea gave him to aids but he spent all money on the military. He led his people starved and tortured them to work. Some of them considered as too lucky if they killed by a shot or in a gas chamber in one go. Weak people were dissected alive in underground labs.

4. Joseph Stalin

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Joseph Stalin became the leader of the Soviet Union from 1924-1956 and launched many government programs. He led to the starvation of the 10 million people. Stalin also launched the “Great Purge” means killing every person who opposed him and his ideas in which 700,000 people were killed.

3. Pol Pot

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Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge. He led a rebellion against the Cambodian government and named himself a leader. Pot forced his citizens to flee the cities and work in the field in hard labor camps. He punishes innocent people by depriving them of their right of education and nutrition. Under his leadership he executed about 2.5 million people who were not following his ideas.

2. Mao Zedong

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Mao Zedong was the communist leader of the Republic of China in the beginning of World War II. He was one of the worst dictators, thirsted for more power. Mao killed over 6 million by direct sentencing them to death and his policies starved over 20 million people.

1. Adolf Hitler

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Also Read: 10 Greatest Leaders of all Time

Adolf Hitler does not need much introduction as we all know he was the worst dictator in the world. Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazis which was a German party that was responsible for the death of over 20 million people.

In childhood, he wanted to be an artist but he was rejected twice from the Viennese Academy of fine arts. Then he joined the army to fight for his country. There he decided to be the leader of the Nazis.

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Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is a professional science and technology journalist and a big fan of AI, machines, and space exploration. He received a Master's degree in computer science from Indraprastha University. To find out about his latest projects, feel free to directly email him at [email protected] 

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