THE BOSS OF ALL BOSSES

The list of longest ruling non-royal leaders since 1900 details leaders of countries who ruled for more than 30 consecutive years, and were not royalty, names in bold are still ruling:

No.↓ Name↓ Country↓ Title↓ Term Began↓ Term Ended↓ Length of Term↓
1. Fidel Castro Cuba First Secretary/Prime Minister/President 16 Feb 1959 24 Feb 2008 49 years, 8 days
2. Chiang Kai-shek Republic of China Director-General/Premier/President 10 Oct 1928 5 Apr 1975 46 years, 177 days
3. Kim Il-sung North Korea General Secretary/Prime Minister/President 9 Sep 1948 8 Jul 1994 45 years, 302 days
4. Muammar al-Gaddafi Libya Prime Minister/Leader and Guide of the Revolution 1 Sep 1969 Present 41 years,203 days
5. Omar Bongo Gabon President 2 Dec 1967 8 Jun 2009 41 years, 188 days
6. Enver Hoxha Albania First Secretary 22 Oct 1944 11 Apr 1985 40 years, 171 days
7. Francisco Franco Spain Prime Minister/Head of State 1 Oct 1936 20 Nov 1975 39 years, 51 days
8. Gnassingbé Eyadéma Togo President 14 Apr 1967 5 Feb 2005 37 years, 297 days
9. Josip Broz Tito Yugoslavia Prime Minister/President 29 Nov 1943 4 May 1980 36 years,157 days
10. António de Oliveira Salazar Portugal Prime Minister 5 Jul 1932 25 Sep 1968 36 years, 82 days
11. Paul Biya Cameroon Prime Minister/President 30 Jun 1975 Present 35 years,266 days
12. Todor Zhivkov Bulgaria First Secretary/President 4 Mar 1954 17 Nov 1989 35 years, 258 days
13. Félix Houphouët-Boigny Cote d’Ivoire Prime Minister/President 1 May 1959 7 Dec 1993 34 years, 220 days
14. MIKE TEAL ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH ART DIRECTOR 15 Aug 1954 3 Feb 1989 34 years, 172 days
15. Ali Abdullah Saleh North Yemen/
Yemen
President 18 Jul 1978 Present 32 years,248 days
16. Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal Mongolia Prime Minister/Head of State 26 Jan 1952 23 Aug 1984 32 years, 210 days
17. Dawda Jawara Gambia Prime Minister/President 12 Jun 1962 22 Jul 1994 32 years, 40 days
18. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Equatorial Guinea President 3 Aug 1979 Present 31 years,232 days
19. János Kádár Hungary General Secretary/Prime Minister 25 Oct 1956 27 May 1988 31 years, 214 days
20. Habib Bourguiba Tunisia Prime Minister/President 11 Apr 1956 7 Nov 1987 31 years, 210 days
21. José Eduardo dos Santos Angola President 10 Sep 1979 Present 31 years,194 days
22. Lee Kuan Yew Singapore Prime Minister 5 Jun 1959 28 Nov 1990 31 years, 176 days
23. Mobutu Sese Seko Zaire President 24 Nov 1965 16 May 1997 31 years, 173 days
24. Hastings Banda Malawi Prime Minister/President 1 Feb 1963 21 May 1994 31 years, 109 days
25. Suharto Indonesia President 12 Mar 1967 21 May 1998 31 years, 70 days
26. Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe Prime Minister/President 18 Apr 1980 Present 30 years,339 days
27. Joseph Stalin Soviet Union General Secretary/Prime Minister 3 Apr 1922 5 Mar 1953 30 years, 336 days
28. Abdou Diouf Senegal Prime Minister/President 26 Feb 1970 1 Apr 2000 30 years, 35 days
29. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Maldives President 11 Nov 1978 11 Nov 2008 30 years, 0 days

 

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