Kim Jong-il

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About Kim Jong-il

Supreme leader of North Korea from 1994 to 2011 who was the center of an elaborate cult of personality that was established by his father. He led one of the world’s most repressive and tyrannical regimes and the number of people who have died or been jailed due to his policies is still unknown.

Early life

He became active in the Children’s Union and the Democratic Youth League while still in school.

Trivia

He was largely referred as The Dear Leader during his time in power. The North Korean constitution was changed in 2009 to officially designate him as supreme leader.

Family of Kim Jong-il

Upon his death, he was succeeded as supreme leader by his son Kim Jong-un.

Close associates of Kim Jong-il

George W. Bush called his country part of the “Axis of Evil” and feared his nuclear capabilities.

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Jean Chretien

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About Jean Chretien

20th Prime Minister of Canada, an office he held from 1993 to 2003. He resigned amid accusations about his involvement in the Sponsorship Scandal.

Early life

In his youth, he suffered an attack of Bell’s palsy, permanently leaving the left side of his face partially paralyzed.

Trivia

While he was the Prime Minister of Canada he was strongly opposed to the Quebec sovereignty movement.

Family of Jean Chretien

He met his wife, Aline Chaine when they were 13, and they married in September 1957.

Close associates of Jean Chretien

While he was in office as the 20th Prime Minister of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II served as the Constitutional Monarch.

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Jiang Zemin

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About Jiang Zemin

President of China who succeeded Deng Xiaoping in 1993. He led China for ten years and notably oversaw the peaceful transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China.

Early life

In 1947, he graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with an electrical engineering degree.

Trivia

He replaced Zhao Ziyang as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China following the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

Family of Jiang Zemin

He married Wang Yeping; the couple have two sons together.

Close associates of Jiang Zemin

Like Mao Tse Tung , he served as leader of China.

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Valdas Adamkus

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About Valdas Adamkus

Member of the Independent party who served as President of Lithuania from 1887 to 2003 and then again from 2004 to 2009.

Early life

He was a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before finding political success in Lithuania.

Trivia

He is known for improving Lithuania’s infrastructure, improving political elections and developing a political code of ethics.

Family of Valdas Adamkus

He has been in a longtime marriage with Alma Adamkiene.

Close associates of Valdas Adamkus

He was warded the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service by Ronald Reagan in 1985.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili

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About Bidzina Ivanishvili

From 2012 until 2013, this founder of the Georgian Dream political party served as Prime Minister of Georgia. Also a successful businessman, he was one of the world’s Top 200 billionaires and his country’s wealthiest person, according to a 2010 Forbes magazine ranking.

Early life

He earned degrees in economics and engineering from Tbilisi State University and went on to receive his doctorate from the Moscow State University of Railway Engineering.

Trivia

His multi-million dollar home was designed by the renowned architects Mikhail Khazanov and Shin Takamatsu.

Family of Bidzina Ivanishvili

He grew up in Chorvila, Georgia (then part of the Soviet Union) as the son of a poor factory worker. His marriage to Eka Khvedelidze resulted in three children, two of whom — including the successful rapper Bera Ivanishvili — were born with albinism.

Close associates of Bidzina Ivanishvili

During a portion of Ivanishvili’s tenure as Prime Minister of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili served as the country’s president.

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Francisco Morales Bermúdez

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About Francisco Morales Bermúdez

Peruvian General who became leader of Peru after his military coup in 1975 and served until 1980. The economic and political reforms that he attempted to enact were generally failures.

Early life

He graduated from the Chorrillos Military School in 1943.

Trivia

He is remembered for returning Government power in Peru back to the civilians at the 1980 National Elections.

Family of Francisco Morales Bermúdez

His father was a Peruvian Army Colonel.

Close associates of Francisco Morales Bermúdez

He ended his term as President of Peru in 1980, more than 3 decades before Ollanta Humala would take office as the country’s 94th president.

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