Jonas Savimbi

War Hero

Birthday August 3, 1934

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace Angola

DEATH DATE Feb 22, 2002 (67)

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Guerrilla warfare leader, political figure, and founder of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) political party. He was killed in 2002 in the Angolan Civil War.

Before Fame

After studying in Portugal and Switzerland, he gradually became involved in Angolan independence movements and eventually undertook military training (including guerrilla warfare tactics) in China.


He was the object of close to fifteen assassination attempts.

Family Life

He had numerous wives and fathered close to thirty children.

Associated With

As a young man, Savimbi was recruited to the cause of Angolan independence from Portugal by Angolan revolutionary Holden Roberto.