The Most Famous

POLITICIANS from North Macedonia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Macedonian Politicians. The pantheon dataset contains 15,710 Politicians, 30 of which were born in North Macedonia. This makes North Macedonia the birth place of the 75th most number of Politicians behind Libya and Ecuador.

Top 10

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

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1. Justinian I (482 - 565)

With an HPI of 88.45, Justinian I is the most famous Macedonian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 90 different languages on wikipedia.

Justinian I (; Latin: Flavius Petrus Sabbatius Iustinianus; Greek: Ἰουστινιανός Ioustinianos; 482 – 14 November 565), also known as Justinian the Great, was the Byzantine emperor from 527 to 565. His reign is marked by the ambitious but only partly realized renovatio imperii, or "restoration of the Empire". This ambition was expressed by the partial recovery of the territories of the defunct Western Roman Empire. His general, Belisarius, swiftly conquered the Vandal Kingdom in North Africa. Subsequently, Belisarius, Narses, and other generals conquered the Ostrogothic kingdom, restoring Dalmatia, Sicily, Italy, and Rome to the empire after more than half a century of rule by the Ostrogoths. The praetorian prefect Liberius reclaimed the south of the Iberian peninsula, establishing the province of Spania. These campaigns re-established Roman control over the western Mediterranean, increasing the Empire's annual revenue by over a million solidi. During his reign, Justinian also subdued the Tzani, a people on the east coast of the Black Sea that had never been under Roman rule before. He engaged the Sasanian Empire in the east during Kavad I's reign, and later again during Khosrow I's; this second conflict was partially initiated due to his ambitions in the west. A still more resonant aspect of his legacy was the uniform rewriting of Roman law, the Corpus Juris Civilis, which is still the basis of civil law in many modern states. His reign also marked a blossoming of Byzantine culture, and his building program yielded works such as the Hagia Sophia. He is called "Saint Justinian the Emperor" in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Because of his restoration activities, Justinian has sometimes been known as the "Last Roman" in mid-20th century historiography.

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2. Justin I (450 - 527)

With an HPI of 77.44, Justin I is the 2nd most famous Macedonian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 52 different languages.

Justin I (Latin: Flavius Iustinus; Greek: Ἰουστῖνος, Ioustînos; c. 450 – 1 August 527) was the Byzantine emperor from 518 to 527. Born to a peasant family, he rose through the ranks of the army to become commander of the imperial guard, and when Emperor Anastasius died he out-maneouvered his rivals and was elected as his successor, in spite of being almost 70 years old. His reign is significant for the founding of the Justinian dynasty that included his eminent nephew Justinian I and three succeeding emperors. His consort was Empress Euphemia. He was noted for his strongly orthodox Christian views. This facilitated the ending of the Acacian schism between the churches of Rome and Constantinople, resulting in good relations between Justin and the papacy. Throughout his reign he stressed the religious nature of his office and passed edicts against various Christian groups seen at the time as non-Orthodox. In foreign affairs he used religion as an instrument of state. He endeavoured to cultivate client states on the borders of the Empire, and avoided any significant warfare until late in his reign.

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3. Nexhmije Hoxha (1921 - 2020)

With an HPI of 72.73, Nexhmije Hoxha is the 3rd most famous Macedonian Politician.  Her biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Nexhmije Hoxha (Albanian pronunciation: [nɛdʒˈmijɛ ˈhɔdʒa]; née Xhuglini; 8 February 1921 – 26 February 2020) was an Albanian communist politician. For many years she was the wife of Enver Hoxha, the first leader of the Socialist People's Republic of Albania and the First Secretary of the Party of Labour of Albania. Very close to her husband, she attempted to remain politically influential after his death in 1985. She was one of the few spouses of a ruling communist party leader with a high political profile of her own.

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4. Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Pasha (1635 - 1676)

With an HPI of 71.76, Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Pasha is the 4th most famous Macedonian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.

Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Pasha (Ottoman Turkish: كپرولى زاده فاضل احمد پاشا, Turkish: Köprülü Fazıl Ahmet Paşa; Albanian: Fazlli Ahmed Pashë Kypriljoti; 1635 – 3 November 1676) was an Ottoman nobleman and statesman, who was a member of the renowned Köprülü family of Albanian origin, which produced six grand viziers of the Ottoman Empire.

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5. Theodahad (480 - 536)

With an HPI of 71.64, Theodahad is the 5th most famous Macedonian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Theodahad, also known as Thiudahad (Latin: Flavius Theodahatus Rex, Theodahadus, Theodatus; born c. 480 AD in Tauresium – December 536) was king of the Ostrogoths from 534 to 536.

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6. Kiro Gligorov (1917 - 2012)

With an HPI of 71.53, Kiro Gligorov is the 6th most famous Macedonian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 45 different languages.

Kiro Gligorov (Macedonian: Киро Глигоров, pronounced [ˈkirɔ ˈɡliɡɔrɔf] (listen); 3 May 1917 – 1 January 2012) was a Macedonian politician who served as the first President of the Republic of Macedonia (now North Macedonia) from 1991 to 1999.

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7. Köprülüzade Fazıl Mustafa Pasha (1637 - 1691)

With an HPI of 68.81, Köprülüzade Fazıl Mustafa Pasha is the 7th most famous Macedonian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Köprülüzade Fazıl Mustafa Pasha ("Köprülü Mustafa Pasha the Wise", also known as Gazi Fazıl Mustafa Köprülü (Albanian: Fazlli Mustafa Kypriljoti; Turkish: Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Paşa; 1637 – 19 August 1691, Slankamen) served as the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire from 1689 to 1691, when the Empire was engaged in a war against the Holy League countries in the Great Turkish War. He was the son of Ayşe Hatun, of Turkish origin, and of Köprülü Mehmed Pasha. He was thus a member of the Köprülü family of Albanian origin through his father. His father, his elder brother Köprülü Fazıl Ahmed Pasha, as well as his two brothers-in-law (Kara Mustafa Pasha and Abaza Siyavuş Pasha) were former grand viziers. His epithet Fazıl means "wise" in Ottoman Turkish.

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8. Lazar Koliševski (1914 - 2000)

With an HPI of 67.89, Lazar Koliševski is the 8th most famous Macedonian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Lazar Koliševski (Macedonian: Лазар Колишевски [ˈlazar kɔˈliʃɛfski] (listen); 12 February 1914 – 6 July 2000) was a Yugoslav communist political leader in the Socialist Republic of Macedonia and briefly in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He was closely allied with Josip Broz Tito.

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9. Konstantin Tih (1240 - 1277)

With an HPI of 67.03, Konstantin Tih is the 9th most famous Macedonian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Konstantin Tih (Bulgarian: Константин Тих Асен; fl. 1257–77) or Constantine I Tikh (Константин I), was the tsar of Bulgaria from 1257 to 1277.

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10. Boris Trajkovski (1956 - 2004)

With an HPI of 65.59, Boris Trajkovski is the 10th most famous Macedonian Politician.  His biography has been translated into 43 different languages.

Boris Trajkovski (GCMG) (Macedonian: Борис Трајковски [ˈbɔris ˈtrajkɔfski] (listen); 25 June 1956 – 26 February 2004) was a Macedonian politician who served as the second President of Macedonia from 1999 until his death in 2004 in a plane crash. Trajkovski was born into a Methodist family. His father, Kiro, who died in September 2008, was a landworker who had served in the Bulgarian Army and had been imprisoned for two years for feeding prisoners of war. Trajkovski graduated in 1980 with a degree in law from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. He subsequently specialized in commercial and employment law and made several visits to the United States, where he studied theology to become a Methodist lay minister. After he finished his studies, the communist government confined him for a time to a remote village because of his religious activities. There he took care of Kočani, an impoverished partly Romani congregation of the United Methodist Church of Macedonia, connected to the United States' United Methodist Church. Following political liberalisation in the 1980s, he went on to head the legal department of the Sloboda construction company in Skopje. He served as Methodist youth secretary in the former Yugoslavia for over 12 years. Later he was President of the Church Council of the Macedonian Evangelical Methodist Church. From 1988 he took part in the ongoing Youth Exchange programme between the Methodist Church of Macedonia and the Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Methodist Circuit in England. In 1991, he studied English at a Christian language college in Bournemouth, England.

Pantheon has 30 people classified as politicians born between 450 and 1979. Of these 30, 13 (43.33%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living politicians include Gjorge Ivanov, Stevo Pendarovski, and Nikola Gruevski. The most famous deceased politicians include Justinian I, Justin I, and Nexhmije Hoxha. As of October 2020, 3 new politicians have been added to Pantheon including Oliver Spasovski, Trajko Veljanovski, and Emil Dimitriev.

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