What 25 major world leaders and dictators looked like when they were young

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Sometimes it's hard to imagine 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.

Check the pictures out below.

Editor's Note: This post was inspired by an earlier feature written by former Business Insider reporter Mike Bird.

25 world leaders and dictators when they were young

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What 25 major world leaders looked like when they were young

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a military service uniform in an undated photograph.

(Photo via Wikimedia)

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.

(AP Photo)

Source: Britannica

An undated photo of Saudi Arabia's King Salman. He was first made deputy governor of Riyadh in 1954, at about age 19.

(Photo via Wikimedia)

Source: Britannica

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with fellow Christian Democrat Lothar de Maiziere in 1990.

(Photo via Wikmedia)

Russian President Vladimir Putin as a young child in Russia in the 1950s.

(Photo via Wikimedia, The Kremlin)

In this June 21, 1980, file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau kneels at St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, with his 8-year-old son Justin as they feed pigeons at the famous square. On Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, Canadian voters reclaimed their country's liberal identity sending Justin Trudeau to the prime minister's office and ending 10 years of conservative leadership under Stephen Harper. At 43, he becomes the second youngest prime minister in Canadian history.

(AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti, File)

Joseph Stalin, who later became the leader of the USSR, in 1902, a few years after he dropped out from seminary school.

(Photo via Wikimedia)

Future Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi 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.

The caption describing Fidel Castro in his 1945 high school yearbook reads: "Distinguished student and a fine athlete. Very popular. Will study law and we have no doubt he will have a brilliant future."

(AP Photo)

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.

(Photo via Wikimedia)

A mugshot of Benito Mussolini, who later became the leader of the Italian Fascists, after his arrest by Swiss police in 1903.

(Photo via Wikimedia, via State Archives of the Canton of Berne)

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.

(Photo via Wikimedia)

Dictator Adolf Hitler as a baby.

(Photo via Wikimedia/Bundesarchiv)

Queen Elizabeth II, right, practices bandaging with her sister, Margaret, who both joined the 1st Buckingham Palace Company of Girl Guides, in 1943. The two stripes on her uniform indicate that she's patrol leader.

(AP Photo)

Pope Francis — back when he was still Jorge Mario Bergoglio — as a student, circa 1948-49.

(Photo via Wikimedia, Colegio Salesiano Don Bosco de Ramos Mejia)

A young Bill Clinton sits astride a pony near his childhood home of Hope, Arkansas, in this undated photo.

(Photo via REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell)

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, then president of the Oxford Union, speaks with Melina Mercouri, Greek minister for culture, in 1986.

(Photo via REUTERS/Brian Smith PN)

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff, center, in an undated photo with her family. The Senate of Brazil suspended her powers and duties for up to six months in May 2016.

(Photo via Wikimedia via Biografia)

The then Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez, center, walks escorted by military intelligence officers after being arrested for trying to overthrow Venezuela's government in a failed coup in this Feb. 5, 1992 photo.

(AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Benjamin Netanyahu is shown at the U.N. in this September 23, 1986 photo.

(AP Photo/Ed Bailey)

US President Barack Obama with his grandparents, Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Dunham, in New York in the 1980s.

(Photo via Obama For America)

Franklin D. Roosevelt is seen as a small boy with bow and arrow, circa 1890.

(AP Photo)

George W. Bush poses in his Texas Air National Guard uniform in this file photo from 1968-73. 

(Photo via Reuters)

Nicolae Ceausescu, the former head of Romania's Communist Party, as a 16-year-old, in 1934.

(Photo via Wikimedia)

Mahatma Gandhi, right, with his brother Laxmidas in 1886.

(AP Photo)

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