They say power is the greatest aphrodisiac - and all the better if that power is wielded by a handsome face. Inspired by Mexico's dashing new president, this post salutes fashionable and sexy heads of state. Not surprisingly, few of the world's presidents, prime ministers, sultans and dictators are heartthrobs. However, I managed to find nine who are worthy of some adolescent ogling. (Please note that appearing on this list isn't an implied endorsement of their policies.)
Enrique Pena Nieto (President of Mexico, age 45) - The youngest of my choices, he was elected president on July 1 (with less than 40% of the vote). Appearance-wise he reminds me of a Latin Jon Huntsman but having sired two illegitimate children his personal life is more like that of John Edwards.
Barack Obama (President of the U.S., age 50) - He may wear "mom" jeans when he's relaxing, but Obama wears a suit very well (European fit, no doubt). Furthermore, he has a great gait, a wonderful smile and a soothing, intelligent speaking voice. Even his graying hair hasn't detracted from his sex appeal.
Benjamin Netanyahu (Prime Minister of Israel, age 62) - Exuding classic Israeli arrogance and swagger, he enfuriates the Arab world because he can be as stubborn and vengeful as they are. A very hot soldier as a young man, Netanyahu is now an honorary "Silver Daddy".
Rafael Correa (President of Ecuador, age 49) - This charismatic and very popular president is pals with Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. His style somewhat resembles that of New Jersey's blowhard governor Chris Christie (minus a few hundred pounds). As president he once confronted police during a strike and dared them to shoot him. Instead, they took him hostage and he was rescued by the army.
Sebastian Pinera (President of Chile, age 62) - Very suave and handsome in a John Forsythe kind of way, he looks like a head of state from central casting. He came to the world's attention a few years ago during the miraculous rescue of the Chilean miners.
Hamid Karzai (President of Afghanistan, age 54) - A rather complicit, double dealing "ally", but he gets style points for his tribal hat. And he looks good without it as well. Reminds me of Ben Kingsley.
Dmitry Medvedev (Prime Minister of Russia, age 46) - And finally, representing the northern latitudes, the pasty Dmitry Medvedev! He recently handed over power to his mentor, Vladimir Putin, but is still prime minister. He has a boyish appeal. Unlike Putin, there haven't been any photos circulated of a barechested Medvedev out in the wilderness.
Honorable Mention. If they hadn't resigned from office both Portugal's prime minister Jose Socrates (near left) and Serbia's president Boris Tadic would still be in power and have easily made this list. Interestingly, they're both 54 and look somewhat alike - separated at birth? Under Socrates' leadership same-sex marriage was legalized in Portugal two years ago.