This Is How World Leaders Looked When They Were Young

Love them, like them, hate them or support them, the way you see a world leader today may have been very different years ago. We determine the character of a world leader by his actions on the world stage but there was a time that powerful person was a child just like you and me. Who knows, some may have also been tantrums throwing spoilt little brats too. Let’s take a look at how powerful leader may have looked when they were young in childhood through some of these rare young photos of world leaders from the 20th and 21st century.

1 North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un

That’s what Kim Jong Un the present dictator of North Korea looked as a pudgy boy. Judging by the uniform, one can well say he had his road marked out for him.

Kim Jong Un

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2 Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton was born in 1947 and brought up in Park Ridge, Chicago where she attended school and was regarded a model student.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

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3 Vladmir Putin President of USSR

Putin always had a brooding face and faced his first tragedy as a baby when both his elder brothers died of illness. His mother was a factory worker in Leningrad and his father served in the navy. Putin learned Judo and Sambo at the age of 12.


Vladmir Putin President of USSR

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4 Tony Blair, former Prime minister of The United Kingdom

Would you believe this guy with long hair is Tony Blair? Blair studied briefly for four years in Boarding school at Edinburgh where his biographer reported that according to his teachers “he was a pain in the bloody arse”. Blair always modeled himself after Mick Jagger which explains the get up.

Tony Blair, former Prime minister of The United Kingdom

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5 Nelson Mandela President of South Africa post apartheid

An interesting young photos of a world leader. He was the son of a local councilor and chief of the Ixhiba clan in the village Mvezo, Umtala Cape Province, South Africa. As a boy Mandela spent much of his time herding cattle and studied at the local Methodist school.

Nelson Mandela President of South Africa

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6 Josef Broz Stalin, Leader of Soviet Union

Born in Georgia as Loseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili, Stalin’s father was a cobbler and his mother a housemaid. Stalin studied at the Tiblis seminary and was being trained as a priest but he turned atheist instead. He was expelled for being unable to pay fees and not doing his final exams. Stalin soon took interest in the works of Lenin and the rest is history.

Josef Broz Stalin, Leader of Soviet Union

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7 John .F. Kennedy, Former US President

John. Kennedy was born into an influential family unlike most world leaders. His father was a politician and his mother a socialite. Kennedy studied in Boarding school in Connecticut and was very sickly as a child. He graduated from Harvard.

John .F. Kennedy, Former US President

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8 Golda Meir, 4th Prime Minister of Israel

Born in Ukraine in 1898, Golda Mabovitch didn’t exactly have a happy childhood as both of her sisters and most of her siblings died of illness. Her family moved to Milwaukee USA in 1906 where she attended local school and helped in her father’s grocery store.


Golda Meir, 4th Prime Minister of Israel

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9 Mao Tse Tung, Founder and Chairman of Peoples republic of China

Born in 1883 in Shaoshan Village Hunan province China to a Chinese peasant family, He attended a local school and also worked o his father’s farm. As a boy Mao was influenced by George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte and social reformer Zheng Guanying.


Mao Tse Tung, Founder and Chairman of Peoples republic of China

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10 Narendra Modi, Prime Minister India

Narendra Modi was born to a poor family of oil pressers and grocers in Mehsana district of Gujarat. As a child he attended school even while running a tea stall with his elder brother in the local bus terminus. Even as a young average student, he impressed his teachers for being a good debater.

 Narendra Modi, Prime Minister India

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11 The Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso was born in 1935 to a peasant farmer family when his mother gave birth to him in a cowshed. From the time he was chosen as a child, he was brought up in a strict spiritual and educational atmosphere in the Potala Palace in Tibet.


The Dalai Lama

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12 Barack Obama, 44th president of USA

Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961. He attended high school in Hawaii and later graduated from Harvard. From the ages six to ten he studied in St Francis Assisi School in Indonesia because of His mother’s second marriage to Indonesian Lelo Soetoro who taught a young Barack to be resilient and briefed him in the ways of the world.

Barack Obama, 44th president of USA

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13 Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minster of United Kingdom

Among young photos of world leaders, here is one of the Irons Lady. Margaret Thatcher was born Maragret Hilda Roberts in 1925 to a grocers family kin Licolnshire England. In primary school and senior school at Kesteven and Grantham Girls School, Margaret was a model student excelling in both academics and co curricular activities. She later graduated from Sommerville College Oxford.

Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minster of United Kingdom

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14 Donald Trump, Current President of the USA

Trump was born in New York in 1946. Hs Parents were of German ancestry. His senior education was at the New York Military Academy, a boarding school which trump says was most probably to get him in line as he was a “wise guy”.

Donald Trump, Current President of the USA

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15 Martin Luther King, American civil rights leader

He may have not been a world leader but he definitely influenced the world as one of the greatest social activists the US has ever seen. King was always famous for his inspiring statement: “I have a dream”. King had a strict church upbringing in Atlanta, Georgia and was inspired by his father also a reverend and a social activist at the time.

You can also read about These Rarely Seen Childhood Photos Of U.S. Presidents

Martin Luther King, American civil rights leader

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