Kim Jong-il

1941 - 2011

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Kim Jong-il (; Korean: 김정일; Korean pronunciation: [kim.dzɔŋ.il]; born Yuri Irsenovich Kim (Russian: Юрий Ирсенович Ким); 16 February 1941 – 17 December 2011) was a North Korean politician who was the second supreme leader of North Korea from 1994 to 2011. He led North Korea from the 1994 death of his father Kim Il-sung, the first Supreme Leader, until his own death in 2011, when he was succeeded by his son, Kim Jong-un. In the early 1980s, Kim had become the heir apparent for the leadership of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and assumed important posts in the party and army organs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kim Jong-il has received more than 10,397,207 page views. His biography is available in 108 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 106 in 2019). Kim Jong-il is the 114th most popular politician (up from 120th in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from Russia (up from 21st in 2019) and the 9th most popular Russian Politician.

Kim Jong-il is most famous for being the leader of North Korea from 1994 to 2011. He was also the father of Kim Jong-un, who is the current leader of North Korea.

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Among politicians, Kim Jong-il ranks 114 out of 15,710Before him are George Washington, Isabella I of Castile, Pepin the Short, Murad III, Yasser Arafat, and Mark Antony. After him are Uthman, Harald Fairhair, Marcus Licinius Crassus, Angela Merkel, Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, and Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Among people born in 1941, Kim Jong-il ranks 1After him are Hayao Miyazaki, Slobodan Milošević, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Alex Ferguson, Plácido Domingo, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergio Mattarella, Bernie Sanders, Cesária Évora, and Richard Dawkins. Among people deceased in 2011, Kim Jong-il ranks 3Before him are Steve Jobs and Muammar Gaddafi. After him are Elizabeth Taylor, Václav Havel, Osama bin Laden, Peter Falk, Otto von Habsburg, Cesária Évora, Sathya Sai Baba, Wangari Maathai, and Joe Frazier.

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Among people born in Russia, Kim Jong-il ranks 20 out of 2,688Before him are Ivan the Terrible (1530), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Ivan Pavlov (1849), Grigori Rasputin (1869), Boris Yeltsin (1931), and Igor Stravinsky (1882). After him are Wassily Kandinsky (1866), Maxim Gorky (1868), Ayn Rand (1905), Isaac Asimov (1920), Alexander I of Russia (1777), and Mikhail Bakunin (1814).


Among politicians born in Russia, Kim Jong-il ranks 9Before him are Peter the Great (1672), Vladimir Putin (1952), Nicholas II of Russia (1868), Ivan the Terrible (1530), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), and Boris Yeltsin (1931). After him are Alexander I of Russia (1777), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), Alexander III of Russia (1845), Paul I of Russia (1754), Georgy Zhukov (1896), and Yuri Andropov (1914).