Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani


Age: 82

former president of Iran from 1989 to 1997 who remained among the ruling elite despite his moderate views as a political survivor and multi-millionaire mogul, whose mix of sly wit and reputation for cunning moves (both in politics and business) earned him a host of nicknames such as Akbar Shah (or Great King) during a life that touched every major event in Iranian affairs since before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Cause of Death: After a heart attack

Born: August 25, 1934

Died: January 8, 2017

Tehran, Iran