The current political climate is a heated one to say the least, but behind every world leader and dictator is a family. Some of the most ruthless men in history had successful marriages and bore many children over the years, while some never married but produced children nonetheless. To be completely fair, there are many a world leader who is good and beloved, just as much as there are those who are feared and hated. We decided to take a look at the children of past and present political heavyweights, to see if the apple fell far from the tree or not.
Princess Iman bint Abdullah
Iman of Jordan is the 20-year-old daughter of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania. Taking after her mother’s stunning good looks and manners, Iman graduated from her lower education studies, done at the International Academy Amman in 2014 and has gone on to receive her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC. Iman has accompanied her parents on many international trips, gaining experience in diplomacy through her mother’s charities and other organizational pursuits. Unlike some on this list, the leaders of Jordan are beloved, and their children, are doted upon as well.
Chelsea Clinton is the well-known daughter of former US President, Bill Clinton, and past presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton. The 36-year-old married, mother of one, has been in the spotlight since her father’s inauguration back in 1993. At times the public scrutiny of her appearance were enough to make any young woman hide, but she managed to emerge stronger and more confident as a result of her resilience. Bill and Hillary Clinton are both in the political sphere, Hillary more than Bill these days; although with Hillary’s defeat to the new president-elect, we may see the Clinton family take a step back from the world of politics.
Flora Hollande, born in 1992, is the 24-year-old daughter of current French President, Francois Hollande. Flora is the youngest of four siblings, all brothers – Thomas, Clémence, and Julien, who are all very close to one another. Francois assumed the position of president in 2012, taking the place of Nicolas Sarkozy. The Hollande children are very private about their personal endeavors, but are very much into the arts and athletics as pastime activities. There has been quite a bit of drama in the Hollande household thanks to Flora’s father’s relationships (separating from her mother, being with another woman and then separating from her as well, with the publication of a novel about the time with the Hollande family, might we add).
Rolf (Jenckel) Mengele
Rolf is the son of the horrific Nazi physician, Dr. Josef Mengele. While Mengele was nowhere near becoming a world leader or dictator, he managed to gain a reputation so heinous that we decided it influential enough to be on this list. Rolf, who was born in 1944, did not grow up with his father in the picture until much later on in his life. He was raised to think his father was his uncle, and he would see him less than a handful of times throughout Mengele’s lifetime. It was revealed to him that Josef was his father when he was an adult. Rolf has said on record that he asked his father about his experiments in the Nazi camps, and the response he got was an unemotional and guilt-free response of a man doing his job. Rolf changed his name to avoid the connection with his father, for obvious reasons.
Jenna and Barbara Bush
Jenna and Barbara Bush are the fraternal twin daughters of former US President, George W. Bush. The 35-year-olds may be twins but are very different women. Jenna is an NBC News correspondent, while Barbara works for Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; in addition to her work with LGBT and AIDS organizations. George W. Bush was the acting President when the terror attack of September 11th struck the US, and the deciding Commander in Chief to launch the war in Afghanistan and later Iraq. However, the Republican former President has two forward thinking daughters, who do not associate with any political parties, as they stated – “We’re both very independent thinkers.”
Most of the world knows of the horrors that lie within the Kim family. This latest Kim, Kim Jong-un is the 33-year-old dictator of North Korea. Just in the first few months of his reign he murdered every single military official who was loyal to his father, so he may replace them with his own trusted advisors. Kim Jong-un is the son of the late Kim Jong Il, who was to be a terrible ruler, but his son seems to have taken the evil seed to a whole new level. Most recently, Kim Jong-un banned sarcasm in all of North Korea.
Mariya has a very famous last name, if you remove the extra ‘a’. She is the 28-year-old daughter of Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Not very much is known about Mariya but the fact that she was educated in a German-speaking school in St. Petersburg and later went on to study biology in St. Petersburg University. She has been living in Holland with her significant other for several years now. Her father, Vladimir, has been keeping himself busy deep in his Russian Conservatism ideology. He has been in the headlines recently for the armed conflict in Ukraine, as well as assisting Syria in their battle over the rebels within their borders.
Malia and Sasha Obama
Malia and Sasha Obama, 18 and 15 years old, respectively, are the young daughters of former US President, Barack Obama. Malia is heading off to Harvard University this year, while Sasha in still in high school. Barack and Michelle Obama are well known for the socially forward thinking administration within the White House, as well as the newly created Obama Foundation. There are many criticisms of former President Obama, as there are with every president, however, the question of the Obama’s dedication towards social issues and their family core is not one of them.
This is a case of the apple falling too far from the tree. Marko, son of former Serbian President, Slobodan Milošević, decided to lead a life of crime rather than be a politician like his father. After his father’s time as President ended and his influence was no longer able to cover his organized crime ring, as well as his father’s removal from power in 2000, Marko and his wife moved to Moscow, Russia, to avoid persecution.
Yair Netanyahu is the 25-year-old son of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The young man is currently in college at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, studying International Relations (naturally…). He has been in the spotlight over the years for having quite a bit of influence on his father’s decision making process with matters within the state. Benjamin Netanyahu is considered a right-wing conservative party member, as is his son. Yair also has a tendency to get his name in the newspapers with his late night outings and youthful indiscretions, not unlike many children of politicians or royals.
Sar Patchata is the 29-year-old daughter of ruthless Cambodian dictator, Pol Pot. Pol Pot was responsible for the death of over 25 percent of the population of Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. He starved and over-worked the people of the country under a totalitarian dictatorship. From 1979 until his death in 1998 he was under house arrest. Sar Patchata was lucky enough not live with her father and be a ward of the state. She leads a quiet life with her husband and family, but has stated that she is proud of her father.
Akihito is the present Emperor of Japan. The 83-year-old is the son of Hirohito, the former emperor who was known for his reign during the time of World War II and the Japanese involvement therein. Hirohito was responsible for the assault on Nanking. The assault took the lives of over 300,000 people in the village. In addition to Nanking, Hirohito enslaved more than 10 million people. Unlike his father though, Akihito’s reign is much more tame and leaning towards a more civil involved government and less emperor family power of the people of Japan. His father was considered a dictator to most, Akihito decided to alter his predecessors ways with his ascension to the role of emperor.
Mojtaba is the son of Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran. Mojtaba is 47 years old and holds the position of cleric and teaches at the Qom seminary. He has been linked to former Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as he supported the leader in his 2005 and 2009 elections. There are those who say that Kojtaba is being groomed to be the possible successor for his father, Ali Khamenei.
Ahmet Burak Erdoğan
Ahmet is the 37-year-old son of current Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Protests over Erdogan’s authoritarianism government started rising in 2013 and have been off and on since. The current Turkish government has come under fire for the human rights violations and riots that have been caught on video and uploaded to social media to make an example of. During all of this time, Ahmet has been far from the political sphere, maintaining his ownership over his company, Manta Denizcilik, a shipping company.
Alina Fernández is the eldest daughter of the late Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro. The 60-year-old was born in Havana, Cuba but left the country in 1993. She did not approve of her father’s regime over the country. She was smuggled out of Cuba under a fake name and a wig, to Spain. Fidel Castro is a known dictator who isolated Cuba from the world, overlooking human rights issues, as well as contributed to the poverty within Cuba and the lack of progression within the economic, social, and mental progress of the people and the country.
Omar Bin Laden
Just by the name we are sure you get the picture. Omar is the son of Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the September 11th terror attacks. Omar himself is a businessman who deals in scrap metal, while he is much more modern than his late father, he agrees with his ideals and has stated that what his father did was for the greater good or protection of the Islamic belief system. Osama was the head of al-Qaeda, and was killed by the United States forces in May of 2011.
Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud
Mohammad is the son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia. At just 31 years old, Mohammad is the youngest person to hold the office of Minister of Defense. In addition, he is chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs. He is said to be the most influential person on his father, and is one of the most powerful men in the country. King Salman was not beloved by all though as he took the position of King from his half-brother who passed away. Eight of his twelve brothers organized a coup to dethrone him, unsuccessfully.
Valentin is the youngest son of former Romanian Communist leader, Nicolae Ceaușescu. From 1967 to 1989, Nicolae held an iron fist over the nation, being an overbearing and oppressive leader; he censored the media and and took control over the power of free speech. He was the power behind a brutal police presence in the country, one that was very brutal and under the radar. Valentin is the last living child of Nicolae, he is currently in his late 60s. Valentin is a nuclear physicist, and is currently working at the Institute of Atomic Physics.
Zindzi is one of Nelson Mandela’s six children. She is a South African politician, currently holding the position of ambassador to Denmark. Nelson Mandela was the former President of South Africa, serving from 1994 to 1999, after serving 27 years in prison for conspiring to depose the state. Mandela was famously released from prison due to international pressure, immediately going forward with the anti-apartheid movement and organizing the 1994 general election in which he won the presidency.
Gamal Mubarak is the son of former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak. Hosni and his sons were put into police custody and questioned in 2011 after the Egyptian Revolution uprising and the deaths of peaceful protestors. Hosni is in a medical wing of a prison as he was found guilty of the charges. Gamal was beginning to gain success in the political sphere before the 2011 revolution, but he was then put in prison along with his father and brother on corruption charges as well. In 2015 he was released.
Maria Gabriela Chávez
Maria Gabriela is the youngest daughter of former Venezuelan President, Hugo Chávez. President Chávez was criticized for his economic work for the country, as although there was economic growth, it was unsustainable. Maria Gabriela however, has managed to gain ambassador status and has been living at the presidential palace until recently, over a year after her father’s death. There are reports also stating that she is the richest woman in Venezuela, worth an approximate $4.2 billion, something her father would have rallied against; Hugo was an anti-rich advocate, stating that the rich are lazy and unappreciative.
Hassan is one of the fifteen grandchildren to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of Iran at the time of the Iranian Revolution and founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. 44-year-old Hassan is a cleric, and is considered to be the most vocal and well-known grandson of the Ayatollah. He is currently a teacher at the Qom seminary, in addition to being the caretaker for Mausoleum of Khomeini. Hassan made it public in 2015 that he was interested in entering the Iranian political sphere, but his bid for the Assembly of Experts was denied in 2016.