Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew turned Singapore from an insignificant fishing town into Asia's foremost financial capital. Singapore is now Asia's cleanest, safest, and most prosperous city.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Under Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's leadership, the UAE and Dubai grew into world class financial centers.
After gaining independence from Britain, Rhodesia sustained decades of economic pressure from the international community and was thrown into civil war. Ian Smith held the country together despite everything.
Deng Xiaoping took China from the edge of the Great Famine and Cultural Revolution, turning it into the world's second largest economy in 15 years.
General Augusto Pinochet a overthrew democratically elected communist government, and saved Chile from the horrors of communism, turning it into a first world country overnight.
Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein is likely the most learned of all heads of state currently in power.
Mart Laar was the first Prime Minister of Estonia after the country broke away from the Soviet Union, and turned the country into a technological powerhouse.