World leaders are generally best known for their intellectual prowess, their powerful connections and their career achievement. There are a few, however, who are also known for their movie star looks. So, when Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, burst onto the world stage in 2015, the world collectively checked him out.
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Justin Trudeau - Canada
Justin Trudeau is the eldest son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the closest thing Canada has to a JFK figure. As such, the country watched him grow up, and wept with him as he delivered a moving eulogy at his father's funeral.
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Justin Trudeau - Canada
Trudeau is pro-choice, a self-declared feminist, and all for the swift legalization of marijuana in Canada à la Colorado. He has a degree in Education, and worked as a French and math teacher before going into politics.
Trudeau has a tattoo of the Earth on his left bicep, and revealed it to the world when he bested Canadian Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau in a charity boxing match back in 2012. As such, there are numerous pictures of Canada's new prime minister on the web, shirtless and flexing. Move over, Putin. There's a new man's man in town.
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Pedro Sánchez - Spain
On June 1, 2018, Spanish socialist Pedro Sánchez suddenly catapulted to power after a no-confidence vote stripped the country's former prime minister, veteran conservative Mariano Rajoy, of his title.
After years of financial scandal and turmoil under conservative leadership in Spain, the world understandably took notice as an untested socialist assumed position as a major world leader. Social media users across the world also promptly took notice of Sánchez's chiseled good looks.
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Pedro Sánchez - Spain
As his fellow politicians stood and cheered, the 46-year-old pro-European lawmaker, who has never been in government before, told reporters: "I am aware of the responsibility I am assuming, of the complex political moment our country is going through, and I will rise to all the challenges with humility and dedication."
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Prince William - England
Second in line to the British throne, dashing Prince William, the elder son of Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana, has been on the public radar since he was born. He attended the University of St. Andrews, where he earned a Scottish Master of Arts degree in Geography, played water polo, and met his future wife, Kate Middleton. William then spent seven-and-a-half years as a full-time search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force.
Though he no longer has hair reminiscent of his mother's, William has maintained his overall appeal by following in her humanitarian footsteps and starting a beautiful family of his own.
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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck - Bhutan
His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck became King of Bhutan at the age of 26. He addressed the UN for the first time at the age of 22. The handsome royal studied abroad during his school years at a number of prestigious U.S. institutions, including Phillips Academy Andover and Wheaton College.
When he attended Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th Anniversary Celebrations in 2006, he created such a stir among the women in Thailand that the Thai Press dubbed him "Prince Charming." In October 2011, he wed beautiful Jetsun Pema, crushing the hopes of female admirers everywhere.
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Enrique Peña Nieto - Mexico
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, seen here with his wife Angelica Rivera, is like the George Clooney of politics. He represents the Institutional Revolutionary Party at world forums with a gleaming white smile and perfectly slicked hair.
Peña Nieto is of middle class origins. His father was an electrical engineer. His mother was a school teacher. He has a BA in Law and an MA in Business Administration. He has four children, and has been married twice. His first wife, Mónica Pretelini Sáenz, died of complications from an epileptic seizure in 2007.
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Queen Letizia - Spain
Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano married Felipe VI of Spain in 2004, and became queen when he ascended the throne in 2014. Prior to that, she was a journalist and news anchor.
This photo was released by the Royal Press Department when Queen Letizia, then the Princess of Asturias, celebrated her 40th birthday.
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Prince Carl Philip - Sweden
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is the only son and second child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. As such, he is third in line to the throne, after his older sister, Crown Princess Victoria, and her daughter, Princess Estelle.
Carl Philip enjoys skiing, car racing, and graphic design. For seven months after his birth, he was actually first in line to the throne, until the Act of Succession was legally changed in Sweden from male-only primogeniture to absolute primogeniture.
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Prince Harry - England
When he was younger, Prince Harry was often cast in his older brother's shadow. As his character came into better focus (and Prince William was taken off the market), the world realized just what an eligible bachelor Harry truly was.
Like his brother, Harry participates in a variety of sports, including polo, skiing and motocross. Also like his brother, Harry chose to pursue a career in military service. Unlike his brother, though, Harry gained a reputation for being a bit of a bad boy, after he was photographed partying at an early age. In recent years he's focused on his charitable work, and the world swooned when he married American actress Meghan Markle in a fairy-tale wedding at Windsor Castle in May 2018.
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Princess Charlene - Monaco
Charlene Lynette Wittstock married Prince Albert II in 2011. In doing so, she became Princess of Monaco. Prior to becoming actual royalty, she was athletic royalty, representing her native South Africa as a swimmer in the 2000 Olympics.
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Rafael Correa - Ecuador
Rafael Correa served as President of Ecuador from 2007 to 2017. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois, and has used that financial knowledge to declare Ecuador's national debt illegitimate. Socially, his administration succeeded in lowering Ecuador's rates of both poverty and unemployment. Correa's populist style made him quite popular in Ecuador, but he is often considered a controversial political figure elsewhere in the world.
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Felipe VI - Spain
Felipe VI became King of Spain in June 2014. And unlike royalty in other countries, he's actually the official head of state, according to the Spanish Constitution. As such, he's also the Commander in Chief of the Spanish Armed Forces. His beard isn't too shabby either.
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Queen Rania Al Abdullah - Jordan
Queen Rania of Jordan is as cutting edge as she is beautiful. She runs accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to foster cross-cultural dialogue about education, stereotypes about the Middle East, and the potential for social media to create social change.
She has a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. And prior to marrying King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, she worked for both Citibank and Apple.
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Vladimir Putin - Russia
Most recently, Vladimir Putin has been the President of Russia since May 2012. He also served as president from 2000 to 2008 and as prime minister for many of the years in between.
Prior to that, Putin was an officer in the KGB. And through it all, he has maintained a carefully curated reputation as a daring and outdoorsy man's man, posing for rugged photos in the Russian wilderness, often without a shirt on.
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Barack Obama - USA
Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the United States, was born in Hawaii and holds degrees from both Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
During his two terms in office, Obama spearheaded a number of major domestic initiatives, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
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Duchess of Cambridge - England
Kate Middleton -- now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge -- met Prince William in 2001 at the University of St. Andrews, where she was studying art history. The couple got engaged in October 2010, married in April 2011, and had their first child in July 2013. They now have three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
As a high-ranking royal, one of Kate's primary duties is to make frequent public appearances on behalf of the crown. In so doing, she has become a highly influential figure in international fashion, with many of the garments she wears swiftly selling out.
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Alexis Tsipras - Greece
Alexis Tsipras became prime minister of Greece in 2015, the youngest to serve in that office since 1865. Tsipras is a member of the Syriza political party. In his youth, however, he was an active member of the Communist Party of Greece. In 2015, Time magazine voted him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world.
Tsipras has two sons with his longtime partner, Peristera "Betty" Batziana, an electrical and computer engineer. The couple met in school at the age of 13. They live together in Athens.
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Minister Mark Rutte - Holland
As the head of his country's executive branch, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is the Netherlands' de facto head of state. Due to the country's system of proportional representation, however, he has less power than prime ministers in other countries. That's because it is nearly impossible for a single party to secure a majority of seats in the House of Representatives there. As such, Rutte is considered primus inter pares (first among equals). He is also considered first among equals in the looks department.
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Pedro Passos Coelho - Portugal
Pedro Passos Coelho served as prime minister of Portugal from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, he had a long career in the youth branch of Portugal's Social Democratic Party.
Coelho studied mathematics at the University of Lisbon in the late '80s, but dropped out before graduation because his then wife, Fátima Padinha of the girl group Doce, gave birth to their first child. He then went back to school in 1999, and earned a degree in economics from Lusíada University in 2001, when he was 37 years old.