They say that power corrupts, and who’s more powerful than a dictator? Having total control over an entire nation tends to make one go bananas, and that doesn’t make for a stable family life. When dictators have kids, they tend to grow up pretty nasty. In this article, we’ll share the exploits of 10 of the most terrible sons of dictators.
The eldest son of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein used his father’s status as iron-fisted ruler to his advantage his entire life. Some epic Uday moments include drunkenly beating his father’s food taster to death in front of a horrified crowd before cutting his throat with an electric carving knife, as well as buying or stealing over 1,200 luxury cars. He had a deep rivalry with his brother Qusay, who was a little more chill about murdering.
It’s every dictator’s dream to see his son go into the family business, but usually when one dies it’s the guy with the most guns who takes over. In Haiti, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, son of the Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, took over the country at the age of 19 when his father died, becoming the youngest president in the history of the world. He immediately started using his power to make tons of money selling drugs and, even worse, the body parts of Haitian citizens he had murdered.
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue
Equatorial Guinea has one of the poorest populations on Earth, but ousted President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (pictured right) was one of the richest heads of state ever, with a net worth of over $600 million. How could that be? Well, he basically took control of all the country’s money to “avoid corruption.” His son Mangue (pictured left) has no compunctions about spending big bucks while his countrymen starve, blowing $3.2 million on Michael Jackson memorabilia and $30 million for his own Gulfstream private jet.
It rarely happens that a dictator dies of non-military causes and their kid takes over the family business, but the Hermit Kingdom is an unusual place. The son of legendary midget maniac Kim Jong-Il, young Jong-Un is currently the HNIC of North Korea, with all sorts of weaponry at his disposal. The mythology machine has already started to spin crazy “facts” about Jong-Un like his dad. Apparently he could drive at the age of three and successfully defeated anorexia!
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had a total of seven sons, and like a true manipulating maniac, he continually played them against each other. They all wanted Daddy’s job, but none of them got it. Third in line, Al-Saadi was a true scumbag, using his father’s influence to get a plum spot on Libya’s national soccer team. Laws were passed forbidding announcers to say the name of any player but Al-Saadi, and referees were paid off to favor his team. At one game, when a crowd booed him, he ordered his security detail to open fire, killing 20 people.
When your dad has the nickname “The Butcher of the Balkans,” you have to expect things are rough at home. Marko Milosevic, the son of the former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic, used his father’s influence (and willingness to enact violent revenge) to establish himself at the center of a ton of shady businesses, including a disco and a perfume shop. He also made cash from smuggling cigarettes and booze. But when his dad’s reign came to an end, Marko had to flee the country with his wife and kids.
We probably could have done an entire article just on the kids of Idi Amin (pictured). The Ugandan dictator, notorious for human-rights abuses and cannibalism, spread his seed far and wide with numerous women. Probably the spawn that followed most closely in his father’s footsteps was Faisal Wangita, a heartless street thug who led a gang of 40 men to beat a rival Somali gang member to death in the street in front of a crowd of onlookers.
The youngest son of Romania’s maniac despot Nicolae Ceausescu (pictured) was widely considered the heir apparent to his father’s regime, and for good reason: he was an absolute bastard. Bucharest was his playground, and he loved to get drunk and crash his car into whatever was handy. He also liked to crash his penis into whatever was handy, whether women wanted it or not. Finally, he was a degenerate gambler, pissing away hundreds of thousands of dollars at casinos around the globe. His excessive drinking most likely led to his death in 1996, caused by cirrhosis.
It must suck to be groomed as the successor to a despotic regime and then not get the chance to rule. But shed no tears for Egypt’s Gamal Mubarak, because he’s a total a-hole. The son of Hosni Mubarak, Gamal prepared to take control by passing a law that would allow “multi-candidate Presidential elections,” i.e. letting him run against his own dad in a fixed race and “win.” After Mubarak was removed from power, journalists began to discover inexplicably huge amounts of money in Gamal’s accounts, and he’s also rumored to have been behind a number of assassination orders of political dissidents.
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Gaddafi’s kids are so awful that they get two spots on this list. Hannibal, the Libyan dictator’s fourth son, was a little less of a public ass than Al-Saadi, but he expressed his psychopathy in a different way: by beating women. There are numerous accounts of Hannibal being abusive to not only domestic servants but his own wife. When he fled his mansion in Libya, his domestics related horrific tales of having boiling water poured on them because they couldn’t stop a baby from crying. Hannibal also loved to spend money on American entertainers, flying Beyonce to St. Barts and paying her $2 million for an hour-long show. That's real bad for both of their images.