Most politicians have risen to the top of their parties because they are savvy and they have the financial backing to get there. Have you ever wondered just how much the top leaders are worth? While there is generally a hefty salary included, along with great benefits for their stint in public office, the majority of them either come from old money in the family or have made other investments. There are few poor people who make it far in politics these days. We’ve compiled a list of the 7 richest politicians in the world. It may
7. Serge Dassault of France – Net worth: $16.3 Billion
Serge Dassault served as CEO and chairman of Groupe Dassault, He was the heir that inherited Groupe Dassault, which is a French corporation that was a conglomeration of smaller business that were built up by his patriarch, Marcel Dassault. Serge was a French senator who also sat in the seat of Corbeil Essones as mayor. During his mayoral campaign it was discovered that he was giving valuable items to voters, which was an illegal act. Dassault was removed from office for the infractions in 2009.
6. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of UAE – Net worth: $18 Billion
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been involved in the rapid growth of modern Dubai. He is the owner of nearly every enterprise that the Dubai Holding controls. His official political offices inclue vice president of the United Arab Emirate as well as their prime minister. In addition he holds the titles emir of Dubai and is known by the title Sheikh Mohammed. His goals have been to make the United Arab Emirate one of the greatest countries on earth. These are lofty goals, but his efforts are moving the country towards the goal. A glance at the phenomenal success of Dubai gives us an idea of how effective he is in reaching his goals.
5. Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei – Net Worth: $20 Billion
Hassanal Bolkiah was Brunei’s first and incumbent prime minister. He also holds the distinction of being the 29th Sultan and yang di-pertuan of Brueni, which are his current titles. He is the sovereign who began the enforcement of Sharia criminal law in 2014. He is in favor of anti-sedition laws with a heightened conservative approach to Islam. the laws included the possibility of punishments for adultery to be death by stoning and flogging for anyone who consumed alcohol. Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei has frequently appeared as one of the wealthiest persons in the world.
4. Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of UAE – Net Worth: $23 Billion
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan holds multiple politician titles including Emir of Abu Dhabi, President of the United Arab Emirate and Sheikh Khalifa. He is a philanthropist who is well known throughout the world. It was when his father died that he gained the title Emir of Abu Dhabi. Simply gaining this title meant that he automatically became the president. This leader is in charge of a sovereign wealth fund that is the second largest in the world. The assets of the fund have been reported at $773 billion.
3. Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand – Net Worth: $30 Billion
Bhumibol Adulyadej has the distinction of being a head of state that is the longest known to be in service in the world. He is known by several titles including the King of Thailand, also known as Rama IX, and the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty. He rules over the country in the Monarchy fashion. His net worth is estimated at $30 billion which places him as the richest royal in the world.
2. Michael Bloomberg of The United States of America – Net worth: $49.8 Billion
Michael Bloomberg is well known for his work regarding equal rights issues. His term as Mayor of New York City has been controversial. He started out early in his career with Salomon Brothers, which is a company that he established in 1081. He is also the CEO as well as the founder of Bloomberg L.P. He’s actually done quite well for himself, securing the position of second richest politician in the world.
1. Vladimir Putin of Russia – Net worth: $200 Billion
Vladimir Putin is the President of Russia and he also holds the distinguished position of being the number one richest politician in the world. Putin was elected to office in 2012 and is the current leader of the country. He has had a long and prosperous political career in the country. Prior to his win in the presidential run, he was the Prime minister of the country from 1999 to 2000. It was in 2000 that he served as president for an eight year term, then again as Prime Minister again from 2008 until he again won his next campaign for the presidency. Putin is considered to be the most powerful man in the world. He has wealth, intelligence and a demeanor that makes him a force to be reckoned with. With a net worth of $200 Billion, the man has enough money at his disposal to buy practically anything that he wants or needs.