Country: North Korea Ruled: 1994-2011 Deposed:You wish Exiled:Not yet Wealth: $4 billion Kim Jong-Il is a founding member of the Axis of Evil and surely the world’s worst dictator. The Dear Leader’s regime is one of the most repressive. Read more… Country: Libya Ruled:1969-2011 Deposed:Popular uprising in progress Exiled:Venezuela? Wealth: Billions Bedouin-born Colonel Gaddafi seized power in 1969 in a bloodless coup against Libya’s King Idris and has been in charge ever since. Read more… Country: Egypt Ruled: President, 1981-2011 Deposed: Popular uprising Exiled: Not yet Wealth: $25 billion to $70 billion. Egypt’s paper Pharaoh, who has ruled for almost 30 years, has finally stepped down, and the Swiss government has frozen his bank accounts. Read more… Country: Kyrgyzstan Ruled: 2005-2010 Deposed: Mass protests Exiled: Belarus Wealth: $300 million + Kyrg kleptocrat Kurmanbek Bakiyev ruled this former Soviet republic in Central Asia for five years. Read more… Country: Liberia Ruled: 1997-2003 Deposed: Resigned Exiled: Nigeria, The Netherlands? Wealth: $280 million to $3 billion When Charles Taylor was elected President of Liberia in 1997 he was already Africa’s most powerful warlord who had toppled the previous ruler in an 8-year civil war. Read more… Ferdinand Marcos Country: Philippines Ruled: 1965-1986 Deposed: People Power Exiled: Hawaii Wealth: $10 billion The Philippines’ popular despot Ferdinand Marcos was different from most dictators in that he was elected three times in (reasonably) fair elections. Read more… Jean-Bedel Bokassa Country: Central African Republic Ruled: 1966-1979 Deposed: Foreign Intervention Exiled: France Wealth: Squandered Jean-Bedel Bokassa, self-proclaimed ‘Emperor of Africa’, was perhaps the maddest of the lot. Read more… Idi Amin Country: Uganda Ruled: 1971-1979 Deposed: Invasion Exiled: Saudi Arabia Wealth: Unknown Self-proclaimed ‘Lord of all beasts of the earth and fishes of the seas’, Idi Amin rose through the ranks of Britain’s Kings’ African Rifles to head the Ugandan Army. Read more… Nursultan Nazarbayev Country: Kazakhstan 1991- Ruled: Deposed: Not yet Exiled: Russia? Wealth: $7 billion Kazakh strongman who has ruled the oil-rich Central Asian republic since the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991. Read more… Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali Country: Tunisia Ruled: President 1987 Deposed: Popular Uprising Exiled: Saudi Arabia Wealth: Unconfirmed After 23 years as Tunisia’s tough man, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was forced out in January by a massive popular uprising. Read more… Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier Country: Haiti Ruled: 1971-1986 Deposed: Popular uprising Exiled: France Wealth: $300 million – $800 million Baby Doc Duvalier was 19 years old when he took over from father Francois (aka Papa Doc) as Haiti’s dictator in 1971. Read more… Suharto Country: Indonesia Ruled: 1967-1998 Deposed: Popular uprising Exiled: Indonesia Wealth: $15 – $35 billion In May 1999, Time magazine estimated Suharto’s family fortune at US$15 billion in cash, shares, property, jewellery and art, and claimed he had stashed some US$9 billion in Austrian banks. Read more… Mobutu Sese Seko Country: Zaire (now Congolese Democratic Republic) Ruled: 1965-1997 Deposed: Civil War Exiled: Morocco Wealth: $5 billion General Mobutu sized power in the Congo in the 1960s with CIA backing after the Belgians abandoned their former colony. Read more… Sani Abacha Country: Nigeria Ruled: 1993-1998 Deposed: Poisoned? Exiled: n/a Wealth: $2 billion – $5 billion English-trained General Sani Abacha seized power in Nigeria in 1993, banned political parties and demonstrations, censored the press and cracked down on dissent. Read more… Robert Mugabe Country: Zimbabwe Ruled: 1980- Deposed: Keep hoping Exiled: Who would have him? Wealth: $5 billion – $10 billion Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has clung to power for more than 30 years and shows no signs of letting go. Read more…. Country: Turkmenistan Ruled: 1990-2006 Deposed:Died Exiled:N/A Wealth: $3 billion Sapamurat Niyazov ran Turkmenistan for 16 years after the Soviet Union fell apart, imprisoning, torturing and exiling political opponents. Read more… Country: Iraq Ruled:1979-2003 Deposed:Invasion Exiled:Executed in Iraq Wealth: $7 billion – $40 billion The mother of all dictators, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein gassed, tortured and killed thousands of political opponents in his 24-year reign of terror. Read more… Dictator Watch is a work in progress, who do you want to see profiled? Email us your suggestions.