Kim Jong-il

1941 - 2011

Kim Jong-il

Kim Jong-il or Kim Jong Il (Korean: 김정일; Korean pronunciation: [kim.dzɔŋ.il]; 16 February 1941 or 1942 – 17 December 2011) was a North Korean politician who served as 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, North Korea's 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 8,656,604 page views. His biography is available in 106 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 121st most popular politician.

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Among politicians, Kim Jong-il ranks 120 out of 14,801Before him are Mehmed III, Hermann Göring, Philip IV of France, Angela Merkel, Vespasian, and Pol Pot. After him are Amenhotep III, Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, Kösem Sultan, Uthman, Abdul Hamid II, and Akbar.

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Among people born in 1941, Kim Jong-il ranks 1After him are Hayao Miyazaki, Slobodan Milošević, Bob Dylan, Alex Ferguson, Joan Baez, Dick Cheney, Bruno Ganz, Plácido Domingo, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergio Mattarella, and Richard Dawkins. Among people deceased in 2011, Kim Jong-il ranks 2Before him is Muammar Gaddafi. After him are Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, Václav Havel, Osama bin Laden, Sathya Sai Baba, Peter Falk, Otto von Habsburg, Cesária Évora, Wangari Maathai, and Svetlana Alliluyeva.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Kim Jong-il ranks 21 out of 2,050Before him are Vladimir Putin (1952), Boris Yeltsin (1931), Ivan Pavlov (1849), Grigori Rasputin (1869), Wassily Kandinsky (1866), and Igor Stravinsky (1882). After him are Isaac Asimov (1920), Maxim Gorky (1868), Ayn Rand (1905), Mikhail Bakunin (1814), Yul Brynner (1920), and Valentina Tereshkova (1937).


Among politicians born in Russia, Kim Jong-il ranks 9Before him are Peter the Great (1672), Nikita Khrushchev (1894), Nicholas II of Russia (1868), Ivan the Terrible (1530), Vladimir Putin (1952), and Boris Yeltsin (1931). After him are Alexander I of Russia (1777), Yuri Andropov (1914), Alexander III of Russia (1845), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), Georgy Zhukov (1896), and Alexander II of Russia (1818).

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