Andrew Scheer, a social conservative who unexpectedly won the race to head Canada's main opposition party, is a popular legislator who may be able to unite a divided movement as he prepares to take on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Years before he captained the torpedo boat PT-109, ran for office or set the United States on a path to put a man on the moon, President John F Kennedy was a troublesome teen whose hijinks nearly got him kicked out of his prestigious boarding school.
Sir Roger Moore said in his autobiography he had been approached about playing James Bond as early as 1967. But it was not until 1973 that he finally won the role. He made his debut in Live and Let Die, after the producers made him lose weight, get fit and cut his hair
President Hassan Rouhani, who won re-election on Saturday, has spent three decades at the heart of Iran's revolutionary establishment but still faces opposition from hardliners for trying to rebuild ties with the West.
Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, who died on Thursday, was a man of varied interests - the environment, social work, and flying - with a preference for organic farming and an Indian way of life to deal with climate change.
French President Emmanuel Macron's conservative prime minister has plenty in common with his boss, but the 46-year-old who boxes in his spare time has not shied from throwing a political punch at the young centrist in the past.
Dogged by France's stubbornly high unemployment throughout his presidency, Francois Hollande also faced an unprecedented wave of terrorist attacks, violent protests over labour reforms and public airing of his tangled private life.