The careers of world leaders before politics

Gustavo Petro's journey to becoming Colombia's first leftist president may surprise you

Stars Insider

20/06/22 | StarsInsider


The election of Donald Trump shocked the world back in 2016. It showed that you didn't have to be a seasoned politician to take control of a country. Since then, we've seen more and more world leaders come from outsider positions. 

The latest is Gustavo Petro, Colombia's newest president. The country elected the former guerrilla fighter, who was in the M-19 militia, over populist business tycoon—and fellow political outsider—Rodolfo Hernández on June 19 in a tidal shift that marks Colombia's first leftist head of state.

After Petro's participation in the guerrilla army in the '80s, he became a senator and the mayor of the capital, Bogotá. His vice-president will be Francia Márquez–a prize-winning defender of human and environmental rights–which also marks the first time that a Black woman has filled that position.

Flick through this gallery to discover more interesting jobs of powerful world leaders before they took up politics.

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