We’ve covered the young presidents of USA already, but let’s broaden the scope now and take a rare glimpse at the leaders from around the world before they became the almighty God-like figures.

It’s utterly strange to see these people, who shaped the world we live in now, as simple teenagers with all the innocence in the world and, in most cases, cluelessness about what the future is holding for them.

(h/t: vintage.es, demilked)

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Joseph Stalin As A Young Man, 1902

Joseph Stalin As A Young Man, 1902

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Ironcat_xox
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3 years ago

Is he... gorgeous, or is it just me?

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

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

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

He hasn't changed his hairstyle in 54 years.

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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

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

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Emre
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3 years ago

She is cool!

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#4

Vladimir Putin As A Young Teenager, 1966

Vladimir Putin As A Young Teenager, 1966

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Anna Brandigi
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3 years ago

Not terribly surprising, although it is a bit of a shock that he kept his shirt on

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#5

Young Barack Obama Smoking A Joint

Young Barack Obama Smoking A Joint

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Anna Brandigi
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3 years ago

I think that's a cigarette

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#6

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

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

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Sonja Götten
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3 years ago

Looks like the Guy from MAD-Magazine

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#7

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

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

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

That snake like glare.

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#8

Young Donald Trump In New York’s Military Academy

Young Donald Trump In New York’s Military Academy

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Kevin Donegan
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3 years ago

Even unattractive as an adolescent.

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#9

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

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

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

She's handsome

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#10

Young Nelson Mandela In 1961

Young Nelson Mandela In 1961

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

Reminds me of Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Young Adolf Hitler

Young Adolf Hitler

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Bobby Beebe
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3 years ago

The mustache makes me sick, well actually this whole photo makes me sick.

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

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

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Tatiana Jacobsohn
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3 years ago

Jason Hervey playing Wayne Arnold in The Wonder Years. Is that you!?

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

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

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Ironcat_xox
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3 years ago

She looks like she's just realized the terror of what she created...

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#14

Young 14th Dalai Lama

Young 14th Dalai Lama

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Kevin Donegan
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3 years ago

This is a tough one ... He knew as a child he was the Dalai Lama. When this photo was taken he knew he was the reincarnated leader of his people.

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#15

Pope John Paul II Shaving

Pope John Paul II Shaving

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Lindsay Nicely
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3 years ago

I've never thought of a pope shaving before

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#16

Pope Francis As A Young Boy

Pope Francis As A Young Boy

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Emily Rose
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3 years ago

reminds me of draco malfoy....

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#17

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

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

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Bobby Beebe
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3 years ago

She actually hasn't changed that much.

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#18

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

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

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Bobby Beebe
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3 years ago

My 87 year-old mother-in-law worked for the Batista gov't back in Cuba in the '50's. She and husband had to flee for their lives coming through Canada first before becoming a citizen of the USA. She has avowed never to return to her homeland b/c of Castro and his policies and my heart hurts for her when she speaks of the old days. Gave me tons of perspective.

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#19

Thin Hugo Chavez In Military Academy

Thin Hugo Chavez In Military Academy

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Alis Volat Propriis
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3 years ago

Maldito!!

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#20

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

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

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Audrey
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3 years ago

Same bad face . Evil in his look

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#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

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

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Stinkypie Ticklebum
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3 years ago

Now, that's someone who knew this photo would be famous one day...

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#22

Mahatma Gandhi In 1887 As A Law Student

Mahatma Gandhi In 1887 As A Law Student

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

Gandhi and I share the same birthday, as well both being INFJs

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#23

King Salman Of Saudi Arabia At 19, In 1954

King Salman Of Saudi Arabia At 19, In 1954

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Kevin Donegan
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3 years ago

He knew he would be the richest man in the world at this age.

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#24

A Young Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister (bottom Left) Pictured With His Family In 1956

A Young Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister (bottom Left) Pictured With His Family In 1956

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Eleanor Orser
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3 years ago

Looks the same.. such a sad look.

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#25

Karol Wojtyla, Before He Was Pope John Paul II

Karol Wojtyla, Before He Was Pope John Paul II

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Stefano Aprea
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3 years ago

sinhead o'connor?

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#26

Young Saddam Hussein, The Former President Of Iraq

Young Saddam Hussein, The Former President Of Iraq

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Lindsay Nicely
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3 years ago

Wow, he was handsome, too.

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#27

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

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

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YsaPur
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3 years ago

I detect something in common with young Nixon, but can't name it.

Audrey
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3 years ago

Eyes

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Esmeralda Esmeralda
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3 years ago

Gorgeous face actually! Like a male model. Sorry, I don't pay attention to backgrounds, I just love cute guys hahaha

Ironcat_xox
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3 years ago

Same tho. I was gonna say something about how 'Calvin Klein model' he looks, but his background is... well yeah.

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Merilyn Horton
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3 years ago

A beautiful face hides a lot

Andrei Pietoni
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3 years ago

romanians looks like this generally, I'm a romanian and I can say ...her wife was all his evil

Iulia Mica
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3 years ago

He was also the country's head of state from 1967 to 1989.

Lavinia Fodorean
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3 years ago

He has the face & eyes of one among many from lower class whose sufferings made him raise a Romania, that was impoverished by the bourgeoisie, lots of romanians would have remained as peasant workers without his modernization reforms. You seem a bit of more capitalist propaganda indoctrinated!

sneakcollector
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3 years ago

Well, some people are better shot...

Michelle Mironenko
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3 years ago

He's Verry good Looking

Jennifer Guzman
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3 years ago

Very handsome!

Lindsay Nicely
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3 years ago

I wish people still dressed like this. So dashing.

Ma Wellie
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2 years ago

Cute...so it's not looks

Jenny Sparkman
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2 years ago

My family lived under his dictatorship for two years when I was a toddler. While most of my memories are blissfully ignorant, it was a horrific time. Even so, I can recognize his handsomeness. A person’s looks on the outside do not determine their inner ugliness or beauty

Ria Hyams
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3 years ago

A lot of these leaders were very good looking

Johnny B
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3 years ago

Looks like Tom Sturridge.

Therese Addington
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3 years ago

Gangsta.

Laurie Lonnevik
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3 years ago

Would like to see pics of of their spouses when they were young

Cathy O'Keeffe
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3 years ago

Despicable man for what he and his wife did to his people.

Rism
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3 years ago

Confident and no self doubt in his eyes

GrgttaMxm
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3 years ago

It's strange that as an adult he wasn't cute from any point of vue

Nadia Hamilton-Jones
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3 years ago

Cedric Diggory

Ralph Allan Pring
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3 years ago

Must have studied in Dumstrang.

Christos Ananiadis
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3 years ago

Big bastard

Seva Moskovko
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3 years ago

Is that duck lips? What a handsome man haha

Krzysztof Przebinda
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3 years ago

Arnold S. ;)

Chubby Unicorn
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3 years ago

Is he wearing lipstick...

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu In 1972, Shaking Hands With President Zalman Shazar During His Time In The Israeli Defense Forces

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu In 1972, Shaking Hands With President Zalman Shazar During His Time In The Israeli Defense Forces

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Aussie Friend
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3 years ago

He looks like a strong leader even back then.

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#29

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

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

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Lindsay Nicely
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3 years ago

Superfine. I'm getting crushes on all these guys. Based solely on these pictures.

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#30

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

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

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Dongyoung Shin
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3 years ago

Her dad was the then dictator, both parents were assassinated. Happy family.

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#31

Young Hillary Clinton Around 1969

Young Hillary Clinton Around 1969

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Bobby Beebe
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3 years ago

She looks beautiful here.

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