The Most Famous

POLITICIANS from Malta

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This page contains a list of the greatest Maltese Politicians. The pantheon dataset contains 15,710 Politicians, 20 of which were born in Malta. This makes Malta the birth place of the 93rd most number of Politicians behind Uzbekistan and Montenegro.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Maltese Politicians of all time. This list of famous Maltese 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 Maltese Politicians.

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1. Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1876 - 1936)

With an HPI of 70.13, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha is the most famous Maltese Politician.  Her biography has been translated into 29 different languages on wikipedia.

Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha , later Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia (25 November 1876 – 2 March 1936) was the third child and second daughter of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. She was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and also of Emperor Alexander II of Russia. Born a British princess, Victoria spent her early life in England and lived for three years in Malta, where her father served in the Royal Navy. In 1889 the family moved to Coburg, where Victoria's father became the reigning duke in 1893. In her teens Victoria fell in love with her first cousin Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia (the son of her mother's brother, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia) but his faith, Orthodox Christianity, discouraged marriage between first cousins. Bowing to family pressure, Victoria married her paternal first-cousin, Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine in 1894, following the wishes of their grandmother, Queen Victoria. The marriage failed – Victoria Melita scandalized the royal families of Europe when she divorced her husband in 1901. The couple's only child, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, died of typhoid fever in 1903. Victoria married Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich in 1905. They wed without the formal approval of Britain's King Edward VII (as the Royal Marriages Act 1772 would have required), and in defiance of Russia's Emperor Nicholas II. In retaliation, the Tsar stripped Kirill of his offices and honours, also initially banishing the couple from Russia. They had two daughters and settled in Paris before being allowed to visit Russia in 1909. In 1910 they moved to Russia, where Nicholas recognized Victoria Melita as Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna. After the fall of the Russian monarchy in 1917 they escaped to Finland (then still part of the Russian Republic) where she gave birth to her only son in August 1917. In exile they lived for some years among her relatives in Germany, and from the late 1920s on an estate they bought in Saint-Briac in Brittany. In 1926 Kirill proclaimed himself Russian emperor in exile, and Victoria supported her husband's claims. Victoria died after suffering a stroke while visiting her daughter Maria in Amorbach (Lower Franconia).

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2. George Vella (1942 - )

With an HPI of 69.15, George Vella is the 2nd most famous Maltese Politician.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

George William Vella (born 24 April 1942) is a Maltese politician serving as the president of Malta since 2019. A member of the Labour Party, Vella previously served as the minister for foreign affairs from 1996 to 1998 and again from 2013 to 2017 under two governments.

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3. Agatha Barbara (1923 - 2002)

With an HPI of 65.18, Agatha Barbara is the 3rd most famous Maltese Politician.  Her biography has been translated into 35 different languages.

Agatha Barbara, (11 March 1923 – 4 February 2002) was a Maltese politician, having served as a Labour Member of Parliament and Minister. She was the first woman to hold the office of President of Malta, and remains the longest-serving woman Member of Parliament in Maltese political history.

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4. George Abela (1948 - )

With an HPI of 64.68, George Abela is the 4th most famous Maltese Politician.  His biography has been translated into 44 different languages.

George Abela, (born 22 April 1948) is a Maltese politician who was President of Malta from April 2009 to April 2014.

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5. Guido de Marco (1931 - 2010)

With an HPI of 63.66, Guido de Marco is the 5th most famous Maltese Politician.  His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Guido de Marco, (22 July 1931 – 12 August 2010) was a Maltese politician, who served as the sixth President of Malta from 1999 to 2004. A noted statesman and lawmaker, de Marco also served as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior, Justice, and Minister for Foreign Affairs. He was elected President of the 45th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1990, and Chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation in 2004. A renowned criminal lawyer, he defended some of the landmark cases in Malta during the 1980s. His sudden death in 2010 shocked the nation and prompted three days of national mourning and a state funeral.

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6. Eddie Fenech Adami (1934 - )

With an HPI of 63.47, Eddie Fenech Adami is the 6th most famous Maltese Politician.  His biography has been translated into 38 different languages.

Edoardo "Eddie" Fenech Adami, (born 7 February 1934) is a Maltese politician and Nationalist politician who served as Prime Minister of Malta from 1987 until 1996, and again from 1998 until 2004. Subsequently, he was the seventh President of Malta from 2004 to 2009. He led his party to win five general elections, in 1981, 1987, 1992, 1998 and 2003. Staunchly pro-European, Fenech Adami was fundamental for Malta's accession to the European Union.Originally a lawyer, Fenech Adami was co-opted Member of Parliament (MP) in 1969. He served in a number of senior party positions, including president of the Administrative and General Councils, and was elected to succeed Dr Giorgio Borġ Olivier as party leader. From April 1977 onwards, Fenech Adami led the Nationalist opposition in a campaign of civil disobedience against the Mintoff and Mifsud Bonnici administrations of the late seventies and eighties, focusing on a message of respect for democratic principles and human rights.Upon moving into Auberge de Castille in 1987, Fenech Adami began a policy of national reconciliation, initiating a series of political and economic reforms intended to open up the economy, reverse high unemployment and the islands' problems following sixteen years of socialist policies. His political ideology and economic policies highlighted deregulation, more flexible labour markets, the overhaul of the country's physical infrastructure and the privatisation of state-owned companies. The legal and business structures were also overhauled and trade liberalised. The communications, financial services and banking sectors were deregulated or privatised. Malta also began a period of integration with the EU, formally applying for membership in 1990.Fenech Adami was re-elected with a modest majority in 1992; his popularity, however, wavered during his second term of office amid further economic reforms, particularly the introduction of VAT, and the re-branding of the main opposition party with a new and more dynamic leader, Alfred Sant. Losing power in 1996, Fenech Adami was returned as prime minister within twenty-two months, after the Labour government's decision to call a snap election backfired. Reversing the unpopular economic policies of the Labour Party, Fenech Adami reactivated Malta's EU membership application and initiated further economic reforms.He successfully led the pro-EU movement in the 2003 EU membership referendum campaign and won the successive election. He signed Malta's Accession Treaty with the European Union and represented Malta in various EU Summits and Commonwealth meetings. Fenech Adami resigned as Leader of the Nationalist Party in February 2004, resigning his premiership and giving up his parliamentary seat in March 2004. He became the seventh President of Malta in April 2004.

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7. Anthony Mamo (1909 - 2008)

With an HPI of 62.85, Anthony Mamo is the 7th most famous Maltese Politician.  His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Sir Anthony Joseph Mamo, (9 January 1909 – 1 May 2008) was the first President of Malta and previously served as the last Governor-General of the State of Malta before the country became a republic. He was also the first Maltese citizen to be appointed Governor-General, and before independence, briefly served as acting Governor.

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8. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca (1958 - )

With an HPI of 62.62, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is the 8th most famous Maltese Politician.  Her biography has been translated into 47 different languages.

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, (born 7 December 1958) is a Maltese politician who served as the 9th President of Malta from 2014 to 2019. Currently, Coleiro Preca is president of Eurochild. Previously, as a member of the Labour Party, she was a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives of Malta from 1998 to 2014, and served as the Minister of the Family and Social Solidarity from March 2013 to March 2014.

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9. Dom Mintoff (1916 - 2012)

With an HPI of 61.74, Dom Mintoff is the 9th most famous Maltese Politician.  His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Dominic Mintoff, (Maltese: Duminku Mintoff; often called il-Perit, "the Architect"; 6 August 1916 – 20 August 2012) was a Maltese Socialist politician, architect, anti-colonialist revolutionary, and civil engineer who was leader of the Labour Party from 1949 to 1984, and was 8th Prime Minister of Malta from 1955 to 1958, when Malta was still a British colony, and again, following independence, from 1971 to 1984. His tenure as Prime Minister saw the creation of a comprehensive welfare state, nationalisation of large corporations, a substantial increase in the general standard of living and the establishment of the Maltese republic, but was later on marred by a stagnant economy, a rise in authoritarianism and outbreaks of political violence.

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10. Ċensu Tabone (1913 - 2012)

With an HPI of 59.36, Ċensu Tabone is the 10th most famous Maltese Politician.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Vincent "Ċensu" Tabone, (Maltese pronunciation: [tʃɛnsuː]; 30 March 1913 – 14 March 2012) was the fourth President of Malta who also served as Minister and Nationalist MP.

Pantheon has 20 people classified as politicians born between 1876 and 1977. Of these 20, 12 (60.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living politicians include George Vella, George Abela, and Eddie Fenech Adami. The most famous deceased politicians include Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Agatha Barbara, and Guido de Marco. As of October 2020, 4 new politicians have been added to Pantheon including Karmenu Vella, Robert Abela, and George Borg Olivier.

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