Widely considered shy, Joseph Kabila never let it become an obstacle in his violent path to the presidency. Before his father took power, Kabila led a group of child soldiers against Mobuto Sese Seko, the notorious former Democratic Republic of Congo autocrat. At only 30-years-old, the younger Kabila took over from Laurent-Désiré Kabila following his assassination in 2001. As president of the DRC—a country with nearly 70 million people—Kabila signed an end to the Second Congo War but not before it became the deadliest conflict since World War II.
While Kabila was democratically elected in 2006 and 2011 and at least espouses democractic ideals, his resource-rich country remains plagued with corruption. The Economist Intelligence Unit's "Democracy Index" ranks the Democratic Republic of Congo 155 out of 162 countries. No one has successfully tied charges to Kabila, but some of his advisers have been caught profiteering from war and were forced to resign.