18 Fascinating Facts About Muammar Gaddafi

Published November 1, 2016
Updated July 24, 2018

These Muammar Gaddafi facts illustrate that this controversial Libyan leader is marked by both unparalleled successes and dramatic failures.

Muammar Gaddafi came out of the Libyan hinterlands in the 1960s to overtake the oil-rich and underdeveloped country. Over more than 40 years in power, his bizarre personal style and boundless ambition created a Libyan state that seemed to have one part in a well-funded future utopia and another part in a regressive despotism.

Gaddafi’s rule would come to an end in 2011, when Libyan rebels, aided by the Arab League and the United States, killed him at the Battle of Sirte. Still, his persona and politics make him a figure of ceaseless fascination. These Muammar Gaddafi facts help illuminate why:

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Richard Stockton
Richard Stockton is a freelance science and technology writer from Sacramento, California.