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30 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

A good leader is one who can tell another how to reach his or her potential;

a great leader is one who can help another discover this potential for him or herself.

Bo Bennett

Take a closer look at leaders from around the world before they became well known. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine what politicians and dictators were like before they left their marks on the global stage.

We collected old photos of major leaders, past and current, to give a taste of who they once were.

1 – Vladimir Lenin (Ulyanov)  – leader of the Bolshevik movement, the first ruler of Soviet Russia. A police mugshot of Lenin, taken when he was arrested in 1895 (age of 25)

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2 –  Joseph Stalin (Dzhugashvili ) As A Young Man, 1902 (age of 20)

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

3 – Eighteen-year-old Princess Elizabeth Of England During Her Time In The Auxiliary Territorial Service During WWII Where She Drove And Repaired Heavy Vehicles, 1945

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

4 – Vladimir Putin As A Young Teenager, 1966

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

5 – Young Barack Obama Smoking A Joint

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

6 – John F. Kennedy At Age 10, Hair Slicked Back, 1927

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

7 – Richard Nixon Is Shown As A Member Of The Whittier College Football Squad In Whittier, CA, 1930s

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

8 – Young Donald Trump In New York’s Military Academy

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

9 – Angela Merkel Prepares A Meal On A Campfire While Camping With Friends In Himmelpfort, German Democratic Republic In July 1973

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

10 – Young Nelson Mandela In 1961

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

11 – Young Adolf Hitler

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

12 – George W. Bush In Baseball Garb At Yale University, Ca, 1964-68

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

13 – Kim Jong-il With His Father, Kim Il-sung, And His Mother, Kim Jong-suk In 1945

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

14 – Young 14th Dalai Lama

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

15 – Pope John Paul II Shaving

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

16 – Pope Francis As A Young Boy

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

17 – Young Margaret Thatcher Aka ‘The Iron Lady’, The Former Prime Minister Of The United Kingdom

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

18 – Portrait Of Fidel Castro In New York In 1955, During An Interview

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

19 – Thin Hugo Chavez In Military Academy

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

20 – Bashar al-Assad As A Kid, Now The President Of Syria

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

21 – Mugshot Of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff In 1970 When She Was Part Of The Guerrilla Movement That Fought Against The Country’s Military Dictatorship

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

22 – Mahatma Gandhi In 1887 As A Law Student

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

23 – King Salman Of Saudi Arabia At 19, In 1954

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

24 – A Young Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister (bottom Left) Pictured With His Family In 1951

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

25 – Karol Wojtyla, Before He Was Pope John Paul II

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

26 – Young Saddam Hussein, The Former President Of Iraq

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

27 – Young Nicolae Ceaușescu, The General Secretary Of The Romanian Communist Party

31 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

28 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani In The Early 1970s While Doing Military Service

30 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

29 – Ms Park Geun Hye Pictured With Her Parents And Her Two Younger Siblings – Sister Geun Ryong And Brother Ji Man

30 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

30 – Young Bill Clinton Shaking Hands With President John F. Kennedy In The Rose Garden Of The White House. July 24, 1963

30 Surprising Pictures Of World Leaders In Their Youth

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