Joseph Mobutu

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Joseph Mobutu

Joseph Mobutu (Mobutu Sese Seko) was the 2nd President and longtime dictator of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He held office from November 25, 1965, to May 16, 1997. He was born October 14, 1930, and died September 7, 1997.

His mismanagement of his country's economy, enriching himself from 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.