Top 10 Greatest Historical Rulers of all Time

A ruler has the power to change an entire society and the world around him/her. The world has witnessed numerous such rulers, who have worked for the betterment of the masses and have changed fortunes of their countries or kingdoms. However, there has been no dearth of disappointing rulers either.

In order to become a great ruler, an individual must possess many attributes. History remembers rulers who achieved great things, like creating peaceful societies, ending violence, gaining victory over other nations and striving for a better life and future for their people.


  • 1

    Umar ibn al-Khatab (RA)

    Umar ibn al-Khatab (RA) was a companion of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the second Caliph of Islam. During his reign of almost 10 years, the great ruler adopted a simple style of governance and brought about a number of revolutionary reforms and schemes for the betterment of the people. Some of the systems invented during his tenure in the 7th century, including the social security system, are adopted by many welfare states even in the current era.

  • 2

    Genghis Khan

    The founding father of the Mongolians, Genghis Khan, is considered to be one of the finest militarists in world history, having conquered all parts of Central Asia and China.

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  • 3

    Catherine The Great

    She ruled Russia from 1762 to 1796, and it was during her reign that Russia became one of the strongest countries in Europe. The Catherine era is considered to be the golden era in Russian history.

  • 4

    Akbar – The Great

    Akbar was the third Mughal ruler in India. He became the King at a very early age and went on to rule the country for almost 50 years. He is known for his religious tolerance and a number of revolutionary schemes.

  • 5

    Alexander The Great

    Whenever a historian will talk about the greatest rulers of all time, Alexander’s name will be right up there. He was a great militarist but died at a very early age.

  • 6

    Napoleon Bonaparte

    Having ruled France from 1804 to 1815, Napolean is one of the most popular historic rulers.

  • 7

    Adolf Hitler

    Not remembered in good words by most, or respected much, Adolf Hitler is still considered one of the greatest rulers in terms of the number of people he commanded.

  • 8

    Joseph II

    Joseph II was a Roman emperor in the 18th century, who worked for the betterment of his people.

  • 9

    Queen Elizabeth I

    Having ruled Ireland and England in the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth is considered to be the greatest female ruler of all time.

  • 10

    Sher Shah Suri

    He was a self-made warrior, who overthrew Humayun (a Mughal King) in the 16th century and introduced many great reforms. However, he faced death very early and could only rule for 5 years.

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