Leopold II - The King of Belgium who deliberately starved and murdered over civilians in his private African colony of the Congo Free State, and imposed forced labor on the Congolese people to extract rubber and hunt ivory.
This is King Leopold II of Belgium. He “owned” the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium. After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa, he settled on the Congo. He “bought” it and enslaved its people, turning.
King Leopold's legacy of DR Congo violence: Of the Europeans who scrambled for control of Africa at the end of the century, Belgium's King Leopold II left arguably the largest and most horrid legacy of all.