The Top 20 Kings in the World’s History

Since the benign of the human nature on the planet earth, there has been an aura of leadership attached to humanity. Whether it’s the desire to lay claim or the wilt of the power there have been numerous leaders right through the time human nature gained sense.

As a result, the history books are filled with the namesakes of the past great leaders. But only a few graced the past and kept their repertoire glowing brightly. And herein we are deciphering the select few truly great kings or monarchs in our ‘The Top 20 Kings in the World’s History’.

Read along for the greatest men perched on the throne in the history.

20) Frederick II of Prussia (1712-1786)

Frederick II of Prussia

We cannot deny the fact that Fredrick II indeed turned Prussia into a leading power of Europe. Victory in the 7 year’s war led by Frederick, saw the Prussia nation doubling in size and power. He was a great source of inspiration and adoration by his fellow kings as he modernized education and legal forms in his Prussian state.

19) Haile Selassie I (1892-1975)

Haile Selassie I

The Rastafarian culture and tradition portray him as a god as his lineage is all the way traced to King Solomon in The Bible. He became emperor of Ethiopia and fought colonizers from Italy. Introducing modest reforms of education and legality, this saw his country modernizing at large although he paid respect to foreign civilization. However, his style of ruling was outdated and he became overthrown in 1974 as the last Ethiopian king.

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18) King Tutankhamun (1341-23 BC)

King Tutankhamun

He did not play a major role in Egypt’s vast history. As a child king, he only ruled for a period of nine years. Perhaps, his burial site made him iconic as it remains one of the only alive tombs ever found in Egypt. The amazing and unique artifacts found in his tomb discovered the ancient Egyptian way of life. However, Tutankhamen tried to improve relations with adjacent kingdoms as well as participating in construction projects in his kingdom despite making less contribution in Egypt. Nonetheless, his uniqueness is attributed to the discovery of his tomb and that certainly makes him an idol.

17) Peter I of Russia (1672-1723)

Peter I of Russia

We see this Tsar inheriting an outdated and primitive kingdom and turning it into a modest empire. Tremendous efforts saw him implementing education reforms, polishing his military and government systems as well as expanding the Russian territory bordering the South and East. Indeed, he boosted Russia’s progress and made it as one of the greatest players in the world.

16) Suleiman The Magnificent (1494-1566)

Suleiman The Magnificent

The greatest and the longest serving Turkish King in the history, Suleiman The Magnificent fared well when it came to ruling the kingdom. He had an imperious knowledge of culture, military, diplomacy and naval to name a few. His reign coincided with the largest ever Ottoman Empire which he foresaw for 46 years.

15) Akbar (1542-1605)


One of the most prominent Indian rulers of all time, Akbar belonged to the Mughal clan. He was the third Mughal Emperor of India and ruled the lands for 49 years ranging from 1556 to 1605. He was revered as the liberalruler with an equitable belief. He brought reforms to military and revamped the structures of it. His Mughal army was sought to have been invincible.

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14) King Joseph II (N/A-1790)

King Joseph II

One of the most desired rulers of all time, King Joseph II ruled the lands of Rome from 1764 to 1790. He was designated as the Holy Roman Emperor for his imperious ruling capability. He was the first ruler for the Austrian Dominions for House of Lorraine. He was later on succeeded by his younger brother later on.

13) King Ch’in Shih Huang (259-210 BC)

King Ch’in Shih Huang

Having been thrust a minor throne age the age of 13, he went onto to become one of the most revered organizers in the monarch history. He went on to unite different regions of China into a single empire fostered with bureaucracy, taxation, standardized measurements and weights. He was well supported by his two ministers who helped him in ruling the lands of China. He died at the age of 49.

12) King Augustus Caesar (63 BC-14 AD)

King Augustus Caesar

Although not a king by technical designation, as Rome didn’t bequeath that position at that time adhering to its nature of council and democracy. He was born and Octavian and was the great-nephew of Julius Caesar. He secured his power by executing thousands against them. He expanded the lands of Rome to Hungary, Croatia, Egypt along with Spain and Gaul.

11) Cyrus The Great (580-529 BC)

Cyrus The Great

Born into a minor royal family, he laid claims to become the first emperor of Persia by united the tribal Medes and Persians. He was the first emperor to create the charter of human rights which stands still in the modern day British Museum. He spent years unifying the nation by gaining control over lands of the nearby nations. At one time, his empire stretched from India to Greece.

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