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. He joined a communist youth organization around that time and was arrested and jailed for activities with the group.

Source: Britannica

(Photo via REUTERS/Handout LJW/FA)

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)

Justin Trudeau, center, takes in a hockey game with his parents. 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.

(Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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.

It was a beardless, rather boyish Fidel Castro who was busy raising funds for a Cuban Revolution in 1955. The scene was New York City, where Castro was a familiar figure among the city's Cuban leaders.

(Photo by Bettmann via Getty Images)

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, right, with younger sister, Margaret. 

(Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

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)

This file picture shows retired Venezuelan military officer Hugo Chavez (L) meeting with Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) upon his arrival at Jose Marti Airport in Havana 13 December, 1994.

(Photo credit ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

(Photo by CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

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)

Mohondas Karamchand Gandhi, known as Mahatma (Great Soul), as a young man.

(Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)

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