So what happens when you are the son or daughter of a dictator? Do you end up simply following in your parent’s footsteps, or do you try to make a separate name for yourself? Perhaps the wealth, power, and influence that trickled down from your parents to you and it's made you not want to do much else in life. Or maybe you are so sick and ashamed of your parent that you vow to totally remove yourself from their name and what they stand for. Well, we have all of these situations in our list of 20 Children of the Nastiest Dictators Ever: Where Are They Now?
Have you ever wondered what happened to the children of Stalin, Mussolini, Pol Pot, and others? Even Hitler was said to have had a child out of wedlock. It really is interesting to see what becomes of these individuals after their parents pass on or are removed from power. We have dictators and children from Asia, Africa, Europe, and more. They are all different stories, but some of them seem to have recurring themes. For instance, some children truly follow in their father's footsteps. Other kids prefer to distance themselves from the heinous regimes of their fathers. That’s why we included Kiki Bokassa and Svetlana Stalin.
We hope you enjoy learning a bit more about historical figures and their offspring. The human race never ceases to amaze us, does it?
20 Anya Duvalier
Jean-Claude Duvalier became the President of Haiti in 1971, and he ruled until 1986 - often with loads of bloodshed and hostility. When he passed away in 2014, there was a sigh of relief in Haiti because this ruthless dictator was no more. As for his daughter Anya, she would always enjoy the riches and splendour of her head honcho father. Yet when Jean-Claude’s rule came to an end, what was next? Well, they still had lots of money, and they lived in exile (naturally, Haiti hated them). But as the years passed, the riches ran dry and financial bliss became a thing of the past. Now Anya lives a low-profile life, but it is nowhere near as lavish as before.
19 Kim Jong-un
North Korea is a scary place. It was first overseen by Kim Jong-il, but now the leadership torch has been passed down to his son, Kim Jong-un. And like father, like son for these two. As North Korea continues to be hostile to just about every nation out there, the United States in particular is on high alert. Other Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea are also at odds with North Korea, as Kim Jong-un rules with an iron fist much like his father. Contact with the outside world is pretty much impossible, and heavy punishments are often imposed.
18 Bashar al-Assad
Over in Syria, we know that tensions are high. One of the sons of former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad is Bashar al-Assad, who is now the President. He is also in charge of the Syrian military forces, so he has the final say in how a lot of things work. As the turmoil in his country and surrounding nations continues to stir, other countries are scrambling to help out. Syrians are fleeing from their own country in hopes of a better life, and even the Geneva peace talks are full of confusion about what should be done about Bashar. The general consensus is that he needs to be ousted ASAP.
17 Svetlana Stalin
The daughter of Josef Stalin, Svetlana passed away in 2011. She was also known as Lana Peters and grew up absolutely adoring her father. But she realized later on how much of a jerk he was, and that is why she got a name change. She went to University, married a couple of times, and then traveled abroad. She went to different places in Europe, and even to America. She wrote memoirs and other publications. She wanted nothing to do with her father and she refused to fall into the shadow of his demonic dictatorship. She ended up separating herself from his reputation, which is great.
16 Faisal Wangita
Faisal Wangita was the son of former President of Uganda, Idi Amin. Faisal’s father was a tough and brutal ruler, and it looks as though he passed a lot of his horrific zest for inflicting trauma on others down to his son. Faisal would regularly engage in high-risk behaviors, such as participating in gangs and criminal activities. He was actually involved in beating a man to death in the summer of 2007. He was only 25 at the time, but it looks as though seeing his father have others tortured and killed left Faisal immune to human kindness and empathy.
15 Alina Castro
At 60 years of age, Fidel Castro’s daughter is no longer a little girl. Alina Castro is actually a harsh critic when it comes to Cuba, even though she continued to live there until the early 1990s. Like many children of famous world leaders and dictators, Alina penned a publication that recalled her past and life. She was then sued by her own aunt, who said that Alina had defamed the family name and had spread rumors and lies in her book. Alina now lives in the southern United States, which is close enough to Cuba, but she really doesn’t have any plans to return as of yet. She feels a bit disconnected and as if she doesn’t have a homeland.
14 Uday Hussein
What would the son of Saddam Hussein be like? Well, we turn now to Saddam’s oldest boy, Uday Hussein. And he is every bit as horrible as his father was. Many historians have described Uday as having a sadistic attitude and as always being willing to harm or threaten others. He is no stranger to using the devices of torture, murder, rape, and more to get what he wants. While he has a place in government, his younger brother has become a more prominent leader than he has. He fell into bad standing with his dad, as well as with Iraq. Ousted from power, nobody wants him back.
13 Kiki Bokassa
The Central African Republic had a terrifying dictator in Jean-Bedel Bokassa. His daughter is Kiki, who now spends a lot of her time painting in Beirut. She says that her art helps her to sort of work through the trauma of having such a ruthless father. Perhaps the brushstrokes and movement of painting helps her to come to terms and get some closure. She even did a two-day painting marathon, not really for publicity, but just to experiment and see what would happen. Kiki’s mother was from Lebanon, and she instilled in Kiki a love of art. At least she had one good parent!
12 Nicu Ceausescu
First there was Nicolae Ceausescu, but Romania decided to have him executed. So after that, the country got to know Nicu Ceausescu, Nicolae’s son. Nicu was all set to succeed his father as the ruler of Romania, but thanks to the 1989 Stalinist Revolution, he never got that chance. That is probably a good thing, because Nicu was known for being a wild child. This is most likely what caused his early death at the age of 45. Nicu wasn’t all fun and games; he received a 20-year prison sentence for ordering the military to attack the Transylvanian city of Sibiu.
11 Al-Saadi Gaddafi
Al-Saadi Gaddafi seems to command a room the moment he walks into it. That seems rather fitting, considering his father was Muammar Gaddafi, former head of Libya. Following in his father’s footsteps, Al-Saadi also ventured into politics and government, becoming the Special Forces Commander of Libya in 2011. He also headed the country’s football association, but was put in jail for allegedly murdering one of the players. Video surfaced in the summer of 2015 showing Al-Saadi apparently being abused in prison. He is spending his time behind bars while he awaits an anticipated court trial for his alleged crime.
10 Marko Milosevic
Marko Milosevic is the son of Slobodan Milosevic, the former President of Serbia. Marko has been living life on the edge, as his father was ousted from power in 2000, and Marko fled the country. Before that, Marko was on the authorities’ radar for participating in gang crimes in the past. Thanks to his father’s power and influence, as well as money, Marko was able to set up a crime ring in the city, which led to some criminal activity that ended up ousting him from his own country. Right now, no one is quite sure where he is, although many suspect that he is living in Moscow with his wife (Russia granted him asylum.)
9 Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue
Teodoro is the son of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who is currently ruling as the President of Equatorial Guinea. He has been in power since 1982. The younger Teodoro has been the Vice President since 2012. He is also known for being a wild child, and was even allegedly dating the female rapper Eve! Teodoro Jr. often splashes out on luxury items and lavish expenses, which is horrible considering the economic state of his nation. Well, Teodoro Jr. is now being investigated on accounts of extortion and money laundering. The corruption is through the roof, and totals about $100 million!
8 Gamal Mubarak
When Hosni Mubarak was ousted as President of Egypt in 2011, his sons Alaa and Gamal were imprisoned and had remained there until October 2015. Gamal was set to be the inheritor of his father’s reign, regime, and riches. However, he and his brother were sentenced to jail due to corruption charges that spanned over 10 years and millions of dollars. (Oops.) Needless to say, Gamal does not have a good reputation in Egypt; he is seen more as the second wave of the Mubarak regime, filled with corruption, hate, and brutality. Now he awaits the outcome of his trial.
7 Hannibal Gaddafi
Here we have the typical (yet absolutely terrible) story of how the children of dictators often reap the rewards of their parent’s evil-doing. Hannibal Gaddafi is one of the sons of Gaddafi, and his entire family has been known to be corrupt and vile. Hannibal and his siblings often benefitted from the torturing, murdering, and other crimes that Muammar carried out. They were rolling in the money and used that to their heart’s content. Hannibal has dealt with police cases and trials for things like domestic violence. In 2015, he was kidnapped at gunpoint, but he was later released.
Let’s go back to Asia and take a look at Japan. Akihito became the country’s 125th Emperor in 1990, as he belongs to the oldest governing family of Japan. His father was former Emperor Hirohito, who passed away in 1989. After that, it was Akihito who was in charge, and he is actually said to have been a more peaceful and humane Emperor. Involved in science and foreign relations, he is mostly likeable. He has a young son who is all set to succeed him, which may happen soon, since Akihito is suffering with some serious health problems right now.
5 Sar Patchata
Sar Patchata was the only child of Cambodian leader Pol Pot, so she was adored and spoiled. In 2014, she also got married, and the world relived history to recount how she grew up as the daughter of a dictator. After Pol Pot passed away in 1998, Tep Khunnal, the Khmer Rouge ambassador to the United Nations, adopted Sar. Needless to say, Patchata was always lavished with gifts and the luxury lifestyle. Her wedding was no exception. While the average people in Cambodia shouted in protest about poor working conditions and wages, Patchata got married in full-luxe fashion.
4 Edda Mussolini
Edda Mussolini, daughter of a ruthless and back-breaking dictator...how would she end up? Although she died in 1995, we had to include her, since her dad was one of the most well-known dictators in world history. She grew up to be stubborn, set in her ways, defiant, and attractive. By her mid-teens, she was involved in politics as well. If she had her way, she would’ve been fighting alongside the forces in the war. As it was, she served as a military nurse instead. After her husband was deemed a traitor by Mussolini’s Fascist forces, Edda disowned her father.
3 Li Na
Li Na was one of the 10 children of Mao Zedong. Li Na was seriously intense, and we mean that in a bad way. She was a chip off the old block and may have actually been a sociopath? Maybe. She would take on anyone who disagreed with her, and she was scary to be around. Much like her father, she had a no-nonsense attitude and she was not above torturing those who went against her wishes, even if they were previously her confidants. This isn’t exactly surprising considering that Mao Zedong sent Li Na to a bootcamp-style training center when she was a girl.
2 Yakov Dzhugashvili
While Svetlana Stalin may have been the happiest little girl of Josef Stalin, the evil dictator also had a son named Yakov. Things were a bit different for him. Stalin was by no means a father figure to Yakov, and it was almost to the point that he harboured hatred against his own son. There was even a time when Yakov tried to kill himself. The failed suicide attempt did nothing to win his father’s love or concern. Yakov then joined the Red Army, was captured and imprisoned for two years. He died while allegedly trying to escape, but it was suspected suicide by some.
1 Jean-Marie Loret
Jean-Marie Loret was just a French dude working on the railroad. But one day his mother told him that his father was none other than Adolf Hitler. What?! While his claim is backed by some and ridiculed by others, there is no definitive answer. Assuming he was the illegitimate son of Hitler, we’ll share some background: he joined the French police in WWII and was actually a revered officer. Afterwards, he got married and had to dodge a lot of requests for interviews (naturally). He continued to claim he was Hitler’s son, but the rest of his life has been ho-hum.