It is said that behind every successful man there's a woman, but Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has two wives, a doting daughter, hundreds of gun-toting female guards, a Ukrainian nurse and many more women supporters behind him.
Gadhafi married twice; his first wife Fatiha, according to the BBC, was a school teacher. They separated after six months and have a son Muhammad. His second wife Safia al-Gaddafi is the mother of his seven other sons.
Allvoices reports that Safia was a nurse when Gadhafi met her. The chance meeting took place when Gadhafi visited a hospital for appendectomy in 1971. They got married the same year.
Another woman who has received limelight in the Gadhafi clan is his daughter Aisha Gadhafi described as the Claudia Schiffer of North Africa by the Arabic press. The Telegraph reported that she is a lawyer and is married to Ahmed al-Gadhafi al-Qahsi, a cousin and army colonel, and is the mother of three children. She was also a part of the team of lawyers who defended former Iraq President Saddam Hussein in the war crimes trial.
The most prominent feature that hogs major limelight on Gadhafi's diplomatic visits is his entourage of virgin female bodyguards. The Daily Mail reported that his virgin-only female bodyguards take an oath to lay down their lives for him and it is claimed they never leave his side, day or night. The trained female guards are well versed in martial arts and are experts in the use of weapons.
Another woman behind Gadhafi who has been a subject of much media probe is Gadhafi's Ukrainian nurse Galyna Kolotnytska, who recently deserted Gadhafi when a Ukrainian defense ministry aircraft flew 185 people out of the North African country in February. Wikileaks cable described her as a voluptuous blonde, someone the Libyan leader relies on heavily, to the extent that he cannot travel without her as she alone knows his routine. The Wikileaks cable also stated: A Ukrainian political officer recently confirmed that the Ukrainian nurse 'travels everywhere with the Leader.'
Gadhafi's visit to Italy in 2009 was punctuated with a unique demand by the Libyan leader when he invited over 500 attractive Italian girls for an evening at his villa. The event was used by Gadhafi to request the girls to convert to Islam and he handed all of them a copy of his Green Book.
Here is a slideshow which shows the women in Libyan leader's life: