The Most Famous

POLITICIANS from Cyprus

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This page contains a list of the greatest Cypriot Politicians. The pantheon dataset contains 15,710 Politicians, 24 of which were born in Cyprus. This makes Cyprus the birth place of the 85th most number of Politicians behind Cambodia and Ethiopia.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Cypriot Politicians of all time. This list of famous Cypriot Politicians is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Cypriot Politicians.

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1. Ptolemy XII Auletes (-117 - -51)

With an HPI of 76.75, Ptolemy XII Auletes is the most famous Cypriot Politician.  His biography has been translated into 43 different languages on wikipedia.

Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos Philopator Philadelphos (Koinē Greek: Πτολεμαῖος Νέος Διόνυσος Φιλοπάτωρ Φιλάδελφος, Ptolemaĩos, "Ptolemy New Dionysus, Father-lover, Sibling-lover"; c. 117 BC – before 22 March 51 BC) was a king of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Ancient Egypt. He was commonly known as Auletes (Αὐλητής, "the Flautist"), referring to the king's love of playing the flute in Dionysian festivals. As a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, he was a descendant of its founder, Ptolemy I. Ptolemy XII was an illegitimate son of Ptolemy IX by an uncertain mother. In 116 BC Ptolemy IX's father, Ptolemy VIII, died and he became co-regent with his mother, Cleopatra III. However, he was forced into a civil war against his mother and brother, Ptolemy X, leading to his exile in 107 BC. Cleopatra III sent her grandsons to Kos in 103 BC. They were captured by Mithridates VI of Pontus probably in 88 BC, around the time Ptolemy IX returned to the Egyptian throne. After their father died in 81 BC, Ptolemy XII's half-sister Berenice III took the throne. She was soon murdered by her cousin and co-regent, Ptolemy XI, who was then killed. Ptolemy XII was recalled from Pontus and proclaimed king of Egypt, while his brother, also named Ptolemy, became king of Cyprus. By his wife Cleopatra V, Ptolemy XII had at least one child, Berenice IV, and probably Cleopatra VII; he had his three youngest children, Arsinoe IV, Ptolemy XIII, and Ptolemy XIV, with an unknown mother. His uncle, Ptolemy X, had left Egypt to Rome in the event there were no surviving heirs, making Roman annexation of Egypt a possibility. In an effort to prevent this, Ptolemy XII established an alliance with Rome late into his first reign. Rome annexed Cyprus in 58 BC, causing Ptolemy of Cyprus to commit suicide. Shortly afterwards, Ptolemy XII was deposed by the Egyptian people and fled to Rome; his eldest daughter, Berenice IV, took the throne. With Roman funding and military assistance, Ptolemy XII was able to recapture Egypt and have Berenice IV killed in 55 BC. He named his daughter Cleopatra VII as his co-regent in 52 BC. He died the next year and was succeeded by Cleopatra and her brother, Ptolemy XIII, as joint rulers.

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2. Makarios III (1913 - 1977)

With an HPI of 74.95, Makarios III is the 2nd most famous Cypriot Politician.  His biography has been translated into 49 different languages.

Makarios III (Greek: Μακάριος Γ΄; born Michael Christodoulou Mouskos (Greek: Μιχαήλ Χριστοδούλου Μούσκος); 13 August 1913 – 3 August 1977) was a Cypriot clergyman and politician who served as the archbishop and primate of the autocephalous Church of Cyprus (1950–1977) and as the first president of Cyprus (1960–1977). In his three terms as president he survived four assassination attempts and a coup d'état. He is widely regarded by Greek Cypriots as the Father of the Nation or "Ethnarch".

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3. Nicos Anastasiades (1946 - )

With an HPI of 72.81, Nicos Anastasiades is the 3rd most famous Cypriot Politician.  His biography has been translated into 62 different languages.

Nicos Anastasiades (Greek: Νίκος Αναστασιάδης [ˈnikos anastasiˈaðis]; born 27 September 1946) is a Cypriot politician who has been President of Cyprus since 2013. He was re-elected in 2018. Previously, he was the leader of Democratic Rally between 1997 and 2013 and served as Member of Parliament from Limassol between 1981 and 2013.

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4. Rauf Denktaş (1924 - 2012)

With an HPI of 70.24, Rauf Denktaş is the 4th most famous Cypriot Politician.  His biography has been translated into 50 different languages.

Rauf Raif Denktaş (27 January 1924 – 13 January 2012) was a Turkish Cypriot politician, barrister and jurist who served as the founding President of Northern Cyprus. He occupied this position as the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus between the declaration of the de facto state by Denktaş in 1983 and 2005, as the President of the Turkish Federated State of Cyprus between 1975 and 1983 and as the President of the Autonomous Turkish Cypriot Administration between 1974 and 1975. He was also elected in 1973 as the Vice-President of the Republic of Cyprus.

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5. Demetris Christofias (1946 - 2019)

With an HPI of 69.24, Demetris Christofias is the 5th most famous Cypriot Politician.  His biography has been translated into 55 different languages.

Demetris Christofias, also spelled Dimitris Christofias (Greek: Δημήτρης Χριστόφιας [ðiˈmitɾis xɾiˈstofças]; 29 August 1946 – 21 June 2019), was a Cypriot politician who served as the sixth President of Cyprus from 2008 to 2013. Christofias was the General Secretary of AKEL (Progressive Party of Working People) and was the European Union's and Cyprus' first — and so far only — communist head of state. He won the 2008 Cypriot presidential elections in the second round of voting. Throughout the election campaign, he pledged to restart talks with Turkish Cypriots in order to find a solution to the Cyprus dispute and reunify the island. He also supported the closure of the British military bases on Cyprus.

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6. Tassos Papadopoulos (1934 - 2008)

With an HPI of 68.87, Tassos Papadopoulos is the 6th most famous Cypriot Politician.  His biography has been translated into 49 different languages.

Efstathios "Tassos" Nikolaou Papadopoulos (Greek: Ευστάθιος (Τάσσος) Νικολάου Παπαδόπουλος; 7 January 1934 – 12 December 2008) was a Cypriot politician and barrister who served as the fifth President of Cyprus from February 28, 2003 to February 28, 2008.

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7. Mustafa Akıncı (1947 - )

With an HPI of 68.26, Mustafa Akıncı is the 7th most famous Cypriot Politician.  His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Mustafa Akıncı (Turkish pronunciation: [mustaˈfa akɯnˈdʒɯ]; born 28 December 1947) is a Turkish Cypriot politician who was the President of Northern Cyprus from April 2015 until October 2020. An architect by profession, Akıncı in 1976 became the first elected mayor of the Nicosia Turkish Municipality in Northern Cyprus, at the age of 28. He defeated a candidate endorsed by President Rauf Denktaş as the candidate of the Communal Liberation Party (TKP). He held this position for an uninterrupted term of 14 years until 1990, leading several projects for the city that won him international awards including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and collaborating with his Greek Cypriot counterpart. Meanwhile, he rose to prominence and gained influence within his party, first becoming Secretary General and then leader in 1987. He served as a member of the Assembly of the Republic between 1993 and 2009 and as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State between 1999 and 2001. His leadership of the TKP ended in 2001. He established the Peace and Democracy Movement in 2003 and served as its leader.Akıncı is a long-standing advocate of the reunification of Cyprus and has opposed Turkey's increasing influence in Northern Cyprus. His stance has seen strong opposition from the Turkish government in Ankara, which supported his rival Ersin Tatar in the 2020 presidential election. Akıncı lost re-election to Tatar, taking 48% of the vote in the run-off.

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8. Alparslan Türkeş (1917 - 1997)

With an HPI of 66.92, Alparslan Türkeş is the 8th most famous Cypriot Politician.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Alparslan Türkeş§ (Turkish pronunciation: [alpaɾslan tyɾceʃ], 25 November 1917 – 4 April 1997) was a Turkish politician, who was the founder and president of the Nationalist Movement Party. He represented the far-right of the Turkish political spectrum. He was and still is called Başbuğ ("Leader") by his devotees. Although his ideology was on the far-right, he is respected by nationalists on both sides of the Turkish political spectrum.

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9. Leo V, King of Armenia (1342 - 1393)

With an HPI of 66.72, Leo V, King of Armenia is the 9th most famous Cypriot Politician.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Leo V or Levon V (occasionally Levon VI; Armenian: Լևոն, Levon V; 1342 – 29 November 1393), of the House of Lusignan, was the last Latin king of the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. He ruled from 1374 to 1375. Leo was described as "Leo V, King of Armenia" on his own personal seal (Sigilum Leonis Quinti Regis Armenie), and as "Leo of Lusignan the Fifth" in the Middle French inscription on his cenotaph: Leon de Lizingnen quint.

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10. Glafcos Clerides (1919 - 2013)

With an HPI of 66.28, Glafcos Clerides is the 10th most famous Cypriot Politician.  His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.

Glafcos Ioannou Clerides (Greek: Γλαύκος Ιωάννου Κληρίδης; 24 April 1919 – 15 November 2013) was a Cypriot politician and barrister who served as the fourth President of Cyprus from 1993 to 2003. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living former President of Cyprus.

Pantheon has 24 people classified as politicians born between 435 BC and 1960. Of these 24, 7 (29.17%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living politicians include Nicos Anastasiades, Mustafa Akıncı, and Derviş Eroğlu. The most famous deceased politicians include Ptolemy XII Auletes, Makarios III, and Rauf Denktaş. As of October 2020, 1 new politicians have been added to Pantheon including Marie of Lusignan, Queen of Aragon.

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