Joseph Mobutu

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Joseph Mobutu (Mobutu Sese Seko) was the 2nd President and longtime dictator of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and held office from November 25, 1965 – May 16, 1997. He was born October 14, 1930 and died September 7, 1997. His mismanagement of his country's economy, and enriching himself off its financial and natural resources, makes his name synonymous with kleptocracy in Africa. An interesting tidbit about Mobutu's reign was his little-known space program, which failed miserably and cost the country over 10 billion dollars.