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    • This 1948 photo shows the Bush family in Midland, Texas, posing for a photograph. From left are:  former US First Lady Barbara Bush, future 43rd US president George W. Bush, former US President George Bush, and his parents Dorothy Walker Bush and former US Senator Prescott Bush.
    • Iranian politician serving as the seventh and current President of Iran Hassan Rouhani when he was a teenager.
    • Russian President Vladimir Putin when he was a child.
    • This image obtained from the official website of US President Joseph Biden, shows him at age 10 in 1952.
    • Xi Jinping (born in 1953, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China since November 2012, left), Xi Yuanping (born in 1956, younger brother of Xi Jinping, middle) and Xi Zhongxun (born in 1913, Xi Jinping and Xi Yuanping's father, former Vice Premier and secretariat member, right) were together in 1958.
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a young boy in 1964.
    • Indian politician Mahatma Gandhi with his brother, 1886.
    • Hillary Clinton in the 1965 edition of the Eyrie yearbook produced by Maine South High School.
    • Family picture of Nobusuke Kishi, Prime Minister of Japan, and his wife Ryoko in a Japanese traditional costume (kimono) with their grandsons Shinzo Abe and Hironobu Abe (on the lap of his grandfather). Undated photo, probably taken in the 1960s and undefined location, probably in the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan.
    • Ivana Trump (2ndL), flanked by her daughter Ivanka (L), attends the showing of the 1991 Fall collection of fashion designer Carolyne Roehm on 10 April 1991 in New York.
    • Picture taken on 1938 at Windsor Castle showing Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II, during a girl Guides rally.
    • 44th US president Barack Obama (R), is seen in 1970 at age 9 with his step-father Lolo Soetoro (L), his sister Maya Soetoro and his mother Ann Dunham (C), in a family snapshot.
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    This 1948 photo shows the Bush family in Midland, Texas, posing for a photograph. From left are: former US First Lady Barbara Bush, future 43rd US president George W. Bush, former US President George Bush, and his parents Dorothy Walker Bush and former US Senator Prescott Bush.

    The people who decide the fate of mankind nowadays were not born politicians. In childhood and adolescence, they were the same as their peers, and now the lives and well-being of millions of people depend on them.

    Here is a selection of photographs of the world's most popular politicians from when they were children and teens, taken at a time when they did not even suspect what enormous power would be in their hands in the future.

    We have collected photographs of kids destined to become the world's future leaders.

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