Sometimes it’s hard to picture what politicians and dictators were like before they left their marks on the global stage.
We collected old photos of major leaders, past and current, to give a taste of who they once were.
Unfortunately, we were limited by photo availability, so not every major figure from the 20th and 21st centuries made it into the post.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a military service uniform in an undated photograph.
Kim Il Sung, the former leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as a 16-year-old in 1928. He joined a communist youth organization around that time and was arrested and jailed for activities with the group.
Russian President Vladimir Putin as a young child in Russia in the 1950s.
An undated photo of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. He was first made deputy governor of Riyadh in 1954, at about age 19.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel with fellow Christian Democrat Lothar de Maiziere in 1990.
Eight-year-old Justin Trudeau, future prime minister of Canada, feeds pigeons with his father, then prime minister Pierre Trudeau, in Venice in 1980.
Joseph Stalin, who later became the leader of the USSR, in 1902, a few years after he was expelled from seminary school.
Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi once appeared on Italy’s Ruota della Fortuna (Wheel of Fortune) in the early 1990s at age 19. He won the equivalent of tens of thousands of euros.
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s yearbook photo from 1945. The caption reads: “Distinguished student and a fine athlete. Very popular. Will study law and we have no doubt he will have a brilliant future.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a child, left, with his family in 1956. His father, Shintaro Abe, was foreign minister between 1982 and 1986.
A mugshot of Benito Mussolini, who later became the leader of the Italian Fascists, after his arrest by Swiss police in 1903.
Aung San Suu Kyi, state counsellor of Myanmar, as a 6-year-old in 1951. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 but has since been criticized by rights groups over her failure to speak up for minority groups.