Nathan Bedford Forrest – Forrest was a self-made millionaire and Lt. General of the Confederate Army. He served as the first ever National Leader of the KKK using the title “Grand Wizard“. Forrest ran the KKK from 1865-1867.
William Joseph Simmons – Simmons founded the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in 1915. The group saw its massive growth after his departure. Simmons led the KKK from 1915-1922 and created the new National Leader Title, “Imperial Wizard”.
Dr. Hiram Evans – Evans led the KKK from 1922-1939. Membership reached an all-time high with between 4-6 million members during his reign. The KKK was also rocked with many scandals during his reign.
Dr. Samuel Green – While most call him Imperial Wizard, Green actually was a Grand Dragon (state leader) who ran the Georgia Knights of the KKK. He was the forefather of the idea of numerous Klan groups which made it harder for the KKK to be tracked by the government. His ideas kicked off the 4th Era of the KKK.
Sam Bowers – He led one of the most, if not, most violent KKK groups of the 4th era (1950’s-1960’s). His White Knights of Mississippi threatened, attacked and murdered hundreds of innocent people.
Robert Shelton – Shelton’s United Klans of America (UKA) was the largest KKK group of the 4th era. Some sources claim nearly 100,000 members served under him. His group was known for violence, mainly bombings, with one killing four young black girls in a church.
David Duke – With KKK membership at an all-time low, Duke reshaped how people saw Klansmen. Duke’s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan revived the KKK’s membership from 1,500 members nationwide to 15,000. Duke’s name is known for gambling, hookers and booze. He would later become a Congressman of Louisiana.
Bill Wilkinson – Founder and Imperial Wizard of the Invisible Empire Knights of the KKK. Wilkinson led one of the larger KKK groups of the 5th era (1970’s). When it was all said and done, Wilkinson was a paid informer for the FBI.
Virgil Griffin – Griffin was the Imperial Wizard of the Christian Knights of the KKK, one of the most active groups of the 1980’s. Members of his group were arrested for catching black churches on fire. He soon faded out of the public’s eye.
Don Black – Close friends with David Duke, Black took over the Knights after Duke left. Black is best known for starting the first ever white power website, Stormfront. He has a criminal past.
Jeff Berry – Known more as a clown than a racist, Berry ran the American Knights throughout the 1990’s. He was criminal who served time for fraud, drugs and kidnapping.
Ron Edwards – Edwards mixed Nazism with KKK tradition. From 1997-2005, his Imperial Klans of America (IKA) was the largest, most active and violent KKK group in the world. He lost a $2.5 million dollar lawsuit and was later arrested for a drug deal gone bad.
Thom Robb – Robb has ran the Knights Party since 1989, the same group founded by David Duke. He portrays the KKK as nice, kind and loving. He is known to live off donations and slander those he dislikes. His group has dwindled down to 200-250 members and are mostly active online.
Frank Ancona – Currently the Imperial Wizard of the largest KKK group, the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK. The group has made some recent mainstream media. The group currently has membership in about 20 states. Rumors claim Ancona is Jewish.