List of G8 leaders

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This is a List of the heads of government of the Group of 8 nations at each G6, G7, G8 summit since the organisation's inception in 1975. The Group consists of the 6-7-8 largest industrialized democracies, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Also in attendance is the President of the European Commission, who represents the European Union. The G8 holds an annual summit, which each nation's head of government attends. Each year the heads of government take turns assuming the presidency, whose job it is to set the agenda for and host the annual summit. The leader who has been in office the longest of the eight leaders is considered the Senior G8 leader.

While the current G8 consists of eight nations, it did not always. The group was formed as the Group of Six, G6, including all of today's members minus Canada. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Canada joined in the second year of the group's existence, 1976, forming the Group of Seven, G7. Russia, as the successor nation to the USSR, joined the group in 1997, following the collapse of its Communist predecessor, under the leadership of President Boris Yeltsin. As of 2014, Russia is currently suspended from the Group of 8.

Summit (Host) Country
Canada France Germany Italy Japan Russia United Kingdom United States European Union
1st
1975
 France
NA Valéry Giscard d'Estaing Helmut Schmidt Aldo Moro Takeo Miki NA Harold Wilson Gerald R. Ford NA
2nd
1976
 United States
Pierre Trudeau James Callaghan
3rd
1977
 United Kingdom
Giulio Andreotti Takeo Fukuda Jimmy Carter Roy Jenkins
4th
1978
 West Germany
5th
1979
 Japan
Joe Clark Masayoshi Ohira Margaret Thatcher
6th
1980
 Italy
Pierre Trudeau Francesco Cossiga Saburo Okita[1]
7th
1981
 Canada
François Mitterrand Giovanni Spadolini Zenko Suzuki Ronald Reagan Gaston Thorn
8th
1982
 France
9th
1983
 United States
Helmut Kohl Amintore Fanfani Yasuhiro Nakasone
10th
1984
 United Kingdom
Brian Mulroney Bettino Craxi
11th
1985
 West Germany
Jacques Delors
12th
1986
 Japan
13th
1987
 Italy
Amintore Fanfani
14th
1988
 Canada
Ciriaco de Mita Noboru Takeshita
15th
1989
 France
Sōsuke Uno George H.W. Bush
16th
1990
 United States
Giulio Andreotti Toshiki Kaifu
17th
1991
 United Kingdom
John Major
18th
1992
 Germany
Giuliano Amato Kiichi Miyazawa
19th
1993
 Japan
Kim Campbell Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Bill Clinton
20th
1994
 Italy
Jean Chrétien Silvio Berlusconi Tomiichi Murayama
21st
1995
 Canada
Jacques Chirac Lamberto Dini
22nd
1996
 France
Romano Prodi Ryutaro Hashimoto Jacques Santer
23rd
1997
 United States
Boris Yeltsin Tony Blair
24th
1998
 United Kingdom
25th
1999
 Germany
Gerhard Schröder Massimo D'Alema Keizo Obuchi Manuel Marín
26th
2000
 Japan
Giuliano Amato Yoshiro Mori Vladimir Putin Romano Prodi
27th
2001
 Italy
Silvio Berlusconi Junichiro Koizumi George W. Bush
28th
2002
 Canada
29th
2003
 France
30th
2004
 United States
Paul Martin
31st
2005
 United Kingdom
José Manuel Barroso
32nd
2006
 Russia
Stephen Harper Angela Merkel Romano Prodi
33rd
2007
 Germany
Nicolas Sarkozy Shinzo Abe
34th
2008
 Japan
Silvio Berlusconi Yasuo Fukuda Dmitri Medvedev Gordon Brown
35th
2009
 Italy
Taro Aso Barack Obama
36th
2010
 Canada
Naoto Kan David Cameron José Manuel Barroso
&
Herman Van Rompuy
37th
2011
 France
38th
2012
 United States
François Hollande Mario Monti Yoshihiko Noda
39th
2013
 United Kingdom
Enrico Letta Shinzō Abe Vladimir Putin
40th
2014
 European Union
Matteo Renzi (Suspended)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Okita was actually Foreign Minister at the time, filling in for Prime Minister Ohira, who died just days before the conference began.

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