20+ Surprising Photos Of Young World Leaders Before They Became Big

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)

#1 Joseph Stalin As A Young Man, 1902

Joseph Stalin As A Young Man, 1902

#2 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

#3 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

 

#4 Vladimir Putin As A Young Teenager, 1966

Vladimir Putin As A Young Teenager, 1966

 

#5 Young Barack Obama Smoking A Joint

Young Barack Obama Smoking A Joint

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

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

#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

#8 Young Donald Trump In New York’s Military Academy

Young Donald Trump In New York’s Military Academy

#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

 

#10 Young Nelson Mandela In 1961

Young Nelson Mandela In 1961

#11 Young Adolf Hitler

Young Adolf Hitler

 

 

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

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

 

#13 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

 

#14 Young 14th Dalai Lama

Young 14th Dalai Lama

 

#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

#22 Mahatma Gandhi In 1887 As A Law Student

Mahatma Gandhi In 1887 As A Law Student

 

#23 King Salman Of Saudi Arabia At 19, In 1954

King Salman Of Saudi Arabia At 19, In 1954

 

#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

#25 Karol Wojtyla, Before He Was Pope John Paul II

Karol Wojtyla, Before He Was Pope John Paul II

#26 Young Saddam Hussein, The Former President Of Iraq

Young Saddam Hussein, The Former President Of Iraq