Ali Khamenei

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Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei (Persian: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای, pronounced [ʔæˈliː hosejˈniː xɒːmeneˈʔiː] (listen); born 19 April 1939) is a Twelver Shia Marja' and the second and current supreme leader of Iran, in office since 1989. He was previously the third president of Iran from 1981 to 1989. Khamenei is the longest serving head of state in the Middle East, as well as the second-longest serving Iranian leader of the last century, after Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.According to his official website, Khamenei was arrested six times before being sent into exile for three years during Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's reign. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ali Khamenei has received more than 6,885,760 page views. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Ali Khamenei is the 337th most popular politician (down from 289th in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from Iran (down from 13th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Iranian Politician.

Ali Khamenei is the current Supreme Leader of Iran. He became Supreme Leader in 1989 after the death of his predecessor, Ruhollah Khomeini.

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Among politicians, Ali Khamenei ranks 337 out of 15,710Before him are Sitting Bull, Edward VIII, Indira Gandhi, Sokollu Mehmed Pasha, Numa Pompilius, and Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. After him are Ahmed III, Lucius Verus, Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Pertinax, Baldwin IV of Jerusalem, and Alaric I.

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Among people born in 1939, Ali Khamenei ranks 5Before him are Terence Hill, Tina Turner, Ian McKellen, and Francis Ford Coppola. After him are Lee Harvey Oswald, Reuven Rivlin, Stanislav Petrov, Amos Oz, Harvey Keitel, Amanda Lear, and Gro Harlem Brundtland.

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Among people born in Iran, Ali Khamenei ranks 17 out of 463Before him are Ismail I (1487), Jabir ibn Hayyan (721), Hafez (1325), Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi (865), Hassan-i Sabbah (1050), and Ulugh Beg (1394). After him are Cambyses II (-550), Ferdowsi (940), Abu Nuwas (762), Mansur Al-Hallaj (858), Saadi Shirazi (1210), and Khosrow I (501).

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Among politicians born in Iran, Ali Khamenei ranks 6Before him are Xerxes I (-519), Darius III (-380), Cyrus the Great (-600), Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919), and Harun al-Rashid (766). After him are Cambyses II (-550), Khosrow I (501), Tahmasp I (1514), Darius II (-475), Reza Shah (1878), and Farah Pahlavi (1938).

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