Hobbies of Some of World’s Worst Dictators

Hey, guys! The world has been rattled by the rule of dictators from time to time and has witnessed millions of deaths in the rule. But as one has said if you truly want to attain greatness embrace optimism even when darkness prevails. On a lighter note here, these dictators didn’t always engage themselves in wars and mass execution but were endowed with great talents. They were only humans(assuming conspiracies theories to be hokum!) and like you, they too had hobbies. Check them out!

  1. Adolf Hitler (Germany)


Adolf Hitler – A name which brings connotations of death, warfare, murder, misery and the Yes, the Nazi leader established himself as the Fuhrer of all of Germany before attempted extermination of an entire race.


He was obsessed about anything related to Disney. Hitler was very keen on painting and sketching, he enjoyed architecture and had colossal plans for the re-building of a Greater German Reich beginning with the Autobahnn project which survives him to this day. He loved animals particularly  his dogs which he insisted slept by his side. He kept canaries. He loved classical music and the Wagnarian operas but also loved other great composers  like Beethoven and Bruckner.

Hitler’s Painting



2. Joseph Stalin (USSR)
indexJoseph Stalin (1878-1953) was the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) from 1929 to 1953.


Being quite a philosophical person, he was very interested in history at that  time, and read books very often, sometimes daily. It’s said that he claimed to  read “around 500 pages a day.” He was very hard working, and was often found writing and studying very late at night. He wrote a few books in his time too.

“The pinkish bud has opened,

Rushing to the pale-blue violet

And, stirred by a light breeze,

The lily of the valley has bent over the grass.”

The above is an actual opening verse from one of Stalin’s poems. Under the pen name Soselo, he authored and published dozens of poems.

When he wasn’t busy sending people to the Gulag, Joseph Stalin relaxed by settling himself in with a cool drink and a roaring fire to draw himself some good old fashioned pornography. He enjoyed drawing naked men.

Joseph Stalin and his Painting



3. Kim Jong-il (North Korea)

Kim jong-il1

Kim Jong-il was the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly referred to as North Korea, from 1994 to 2011.


He was a big follower of basketball and a massive fan of Michael Jordan. The dictator owned recordings of every game that Michael Jordan ever played with the Bulls, and invited Jordan to visit North Korea. Jordan declined, presumably to avoid being kidnapped and forced to take part in Kim’s communist re-imagining of Space Jam.

Kim did get the next best thing, however, when Madeline Albright gave him a basketball signed by Michael Jordan on a diplomatic visit.

The dictator responded by putting the ball in North Korea’s Museum of International Understanding. Of course, first he had to build the Museum of International Understanding, which he did, just so he could put the basketball in there

The basketball signed by Jordan


Saddam Hussein (Iraq)

Saddam_Hussein_1979Saddam Hussein was president of Iraq for more than two decades and is seen as a figurehead of the country’s military conflicts with Iran and the United States.


Saddam liked fishing with grenades. Saddam Hussein, the late President of Iraq, wrote four novels and a number of poems. The first two books (Zabibah and the King and The Fortified Castle) were “Written by He Who Wrote It”, a traditional way in Arabic writing to preserve anonymity.

The four novels are:

  1. Zabibah and the King
  2. The Fortified Castle
  3. Men and the City
  4. Begone, Demons




5. Idi Amin(Uganda)

He is  Idi-Amin-www.uproxx.com_the 3rd President of Uganda. He held power from 1972 to 1979.


Watching cartoons. When police searched his home in 1979, they found a large case full of old film reels of “Tom & Jerry.”




6. Benito Mussolini (Italy)

Mussolini_biografiaBenito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist, and leader of the National Fascist Party, ruling the country as Prime Minister from 1922 until he was ousted in 1943.

Hobbies:   Hunting, politics, painting and world travel. His hobby was Creative Writing as well. Mussolini published more than fourteen volumes in and out of office, including a bodice-ripper, The Cardinal ’s Mistress, and a critique of the Russian novel. In his final idle moments, before he was strung upside down by piano wire.


mussolini poem
Mussolini’s Poem



7. Mao Tse-Tung

Mao Tse-tung

Mao Zedong or Mao Tse, also known as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People’s Republic of China, which he ruled as an autocrat styled the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976.

Hobbies: Mao Tse-Tung is most well known for tamping down on Chinese culture during his cultural revolution, but it turns out that he himself was an accomplished and romantic poet, and his poems are even considered quite good by many people.

mao zedong poem
Mao’s Poem



I really hope you liked this one and I got to admit that during research I too get to know many interesting facts about these dictators. If you really liked this article then share it with your friends and don’t forget to like and subscribe to this blog. See around and you will find more interesting articles.

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15 thoughts on “Hobbies of Some of World’s Worst Dictators

  1. I’m actually not 100% sure why Saddam was considered one of the ‘world’s worst dictators’.
    When considered as a product of his time, Saddam stabilised Iraq – securing it from the almost constant coups of armed forces.
    He nationalised oil, made the impoverished country an actual economy.
    I mean, sure he killed lots of people in his attempt to keep Iraq from falling apart, but I’m sure there’s a lot worse dictators to add to the list.
    Regardless, the hobbies really put them these men into perspective. It’s hard to consider them as anything other than a proverbial boogeyman when really, they’re just human.

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    1. But my friend killing even one life is a felony and he killed or his decisions resulted in hundred and thousands of Kurds and other civilians and he had sort of autonomy on the Iraqi political colour.
      He sure did great things for his country too but the genocide charges which were claimed against him and proved as well are to some extent very condemnable you must agree to this fact, right?
      He wasn’t the worst but was one of their repertoires!
      And really these hobbies published by Madhumita added a different perspective to the way we think of them and their lifestyles! Fun it was! 🙂

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      1. Oh I definitely agree what he did was wrong, but without him I’d imagine Iraq would be worse and that whole region of the world for it.
        Imagine if there was no central government in Iraq and it was a pseudo modern day Libya.
        That would be even worse!
        My main gripe was that there are dictators who killed many more than some in this list, and for much worse reasons.
        I enjoyed it greatly though

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      2. You are politically correct and philosophically as well!
        But see I am with that train of thought that sees the world black and white.
        If one killed two people or two hundred both the deeds are bad.
        And he did it for his own country you are right but that is what even Hitler thought he was doing.
        I am not an expert and may be taking this whole thing from a naive perspective, hope you didn’t mind. 🙂
        And we are glad that you liked it and your comments were truly insightful as I really looked after him and gained new views about the whole thing.
        Part 2 of the same series coming up, hope you’ll like it! 🙂
        And keep visiting our blog and your comments are much awaited and looked forward to. 🙂

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