The Kazekage (meaning "Wind Shadow") are the leaders of Sunagakure. They are generally the strongest in the village, although ideology and renown plays a large part in their being chosen for the position. Three shinobi have gained this title so far.
The Founding Kazekage (literally meaning "Founding Wind Shadow") are the secondary leaders of Sunagakure. They are rumored to be an equal or sometimes stronger than the current Kazekage. This is a position within Suna that was created by the First Kazekage, that was reown to be a secondary leader whether or not the current Kazekage's alive. Three shinobi and one kunoichi have gained this title so far.
Feared and respected across the world, they are responsible for making Sunagakure a powerful and great village, despite its small size. However, being responsible for raising so many great shinobi seems to come at a heavy price, as all the Kazekage, including the current, so far have met untimely deaths at the hands of assassins. For this reason, the Kazekage lineage is sometimes considered cursed.
Statues of all the former Kazekage are kept in the room where Sunagakure's council converses.