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 20 richest politicians in the world. It may surprise you to find out that Nelson Rockefeller came in at number 21, not making the list.
Michael Ashcroft of Britain – Net Worth: $1.71 Billion
Michael Ashcroft is a well-known politician in Britain. In addition, he is a businessman who has built up a security company that has expanded into one of the world’s biggest corporations in the security sector.
The corporation included the ADT security company until it was purchased in 1997 by the Tyco International Corporation. They paid a whopping $6.7 billion for it.
Sonia Gandhi of India – Net worth: $2 Billion
Gandhi is an old name in India. Sonia Gandhi is the chief of the Congress Party in India. She resides in New Delhi. She rules as the president of the Indian National Congress. She is indeed a wealthy woman who possesses a great deal of political authority, but her life has been far from comfortable. Sonia is the widow of former Prime Minister for India Rajiv Gandhi. He was killed by an assassin in 1991. Immediately after Rajiv’s murder, Sonia began receiving telephone calls from prominent congressional leaders who urged her to participate in a government takeover. She resisted their requests for six years, but finally relented in 1997. She joined the political arena and by 1998, she was elected to the office of Congress Party President.
Sebastian Pinera of Chile – Net worth: $2.5 Billion
Sebastian Pinera is a well-known political figure worldwide. Prior to being elected to the office of President of Chile, he made a vow to sell his vast holdings. He had significant investments in the television and airlines industries. These were not just promises made to gain the seat of the highest office in the land. He kept his promise and the proceeds raised his net worth to their current amount. He is currently the immediate past President because some of his decisions were not popular with the younger generation and there were tragic fires within the national forests in the land, his approval dropped to an all-time low for any president in the history of Chile.
Donald Trump – Net Worth: $3.1 billion
Donald Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States. Before entering politics he was a businessman and a television personality. Trump is one of the most well-known people in the world. As of 2019, Donald Trump’s net worth is approximately $3.1 billion dollars, making him the 20th richest politician on the list.Hans Adam II Prince of Liechtenstein – Net Worth: $3.5 Billion
Prince of Liechtenstein has reigned for over 20 years and is fluent in German, French, English, and Italian. He has almost completely unchecked power over his country. The Prince of Liechtenstein is one of the richest politicians in the world. As of 2019, Prince of Liechtenstein’s net worth is estimated to be $3.5 Billion.
Meg Whitman Of The United States of America – Net worth: $3.7 billion
Meg Whitman was the Republican gubernatorial candidate for the state of California. She made a strong showing in her bid to gain office, but she lost the race in the 2010 election. Whitman currently serves as the CEO of the Hewlett-Packard Corporation. She is no longer interested in running for office, but she is a politician nonetheless.
Ross Perot – Net Worth: $4.1 Billion
Ross Perot is an American businessman who is best known for being an Independent Party Presidential Candidate in 1992 and 1996. Perot is one of the best businessmen in the industry and he began his career at IBM in 1957. Ross Perot’s net worth is approximately $4.1 Billion, making him the 19th richest politician in the world.
Prince Azim – Net Worth: $5 Billion
Prince Azim is the third in line to succeed the throne of Brunei. His Royal Highness Prince Haji Abdul Azim, is the second born prince and the eldest child of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. Azim had the privilege to study in the best schools including Oxford Brookes University and Leighton Park School. Prince Azim’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $5 Billion dollars.
Kim Jong-Un – Net Worth: $5 Billion
Kim Jong-Un is the supreme leader of North Korea after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in 2011. Kim Jong-Un spent his early years in school in Bern Switzerland. He is known for being one of the most powerful dictators in the world. As of 2019, Kim Jong-Un’s net worth is roughly $5 Billion dollars, making him the 17th richest politician in the world
Savitri Devi Jindal of India – Net Worth: $5.2 Billion
Savitri Jindal is the widow of the Jindal Steel and Power Limited Chairperson. Her interest places her net worth at just under $5.2 Billion. Savitri Jindal once served as a Minister in the Haryana government. She was also a member of the legislative assembly. She made a bid for office in the recent elections as a member of the INC political party. She was was unsuccessful in winning the election.
Naguib Sawiris of Egypt – Net worth: $5.5 Billion
Naguib Sawiris is an Egyptian billionaire who has taken an active interest in promoting free markets. He also supports a secular government within the country. Sawiris founded the Free Egyptians Party for which he received worldwide press. He is an influential politician who has a sense of humor that is not appreciated by everyone. He used social media to display a picture of Mickey Mouse after drawing a beard on it. There was a bit of an uproar in the Islamic community because they felt that his gesture was an insult to their faith
Abdulla bin Ahmad Al Ghurair – Net Worth: $5.9 Billion
Abdulla bin Ahmad Al Ghurair is a United Arab Emirate businessman who is a part of the Al Ghurair family. The family has formed the Al Ghurair Grup, and Abdulla has also formed Mashreq bank in 1967 which is today one of the leading banks in the UAE. Abdulla bin Ahmad Al Ghurair’s net worth is roughly $5.9 Billion dollars.
Lu Guanqiu of China – Net Worth: $6.6 Billion
Lu Guanqiu is a delegate to the Chinese National People’s Congress. He is also known as the richest person in the province of Zhejiang. Lu Guangiu founded an auto manufacturer known as the Wanxiang Group. He went on to diversify his portfolio of investments, getting into real estate and solar power ventures.
Silvio Berlusconi of Italy – Net worth: $6.6 Billion
Silvio Berlusconi served as Italy’s Prime Minister from 2008 through 2011. When he was in office, he became a controversial politician. The Italian economy went into a decline and his run in office was characterized with scandals and discontent from the citizens who were not pleased with his rule. Berlusconi is widely known for being the frequent criminal defendant and convicted tax evader. He is also the owner of the Italian football club A.C. Milan. Silvio Berlusconi’s net worth is approximately $6.6 Billion dollars.
Suleiman Kerimov of Russia – Net Worth: $7.1 billion
Suleiman Kerimov serves as the Deputy Director General of Soyz-Finance. He earned his degree in financial accounting and also worked as Assistant Director-General and economist. His political career began after he amassed his wealth. He joined the political arena as a member of the Federal Assembly of Russia in the lower house. He is known as the richest Russian civil servant.
Mohammed Al Amoudi – Net Worth: $8.1 Billion
Mohammed Al-Amoudi is an Ethiopian businessman who has become one of the richest people in the world. Al-Amoudi earned his net worth through his construction, real estate, oil refineries, and other businesses. Mohammed Al Amoudi’s net worth is roughly $8.1 Billion dollars.
Mikhail Prokhorov of Russia – Net worth: $9.8 Billion
Michael Prokhorov was a candidate for the office of the president of Russia. He is a well-known business and political figure throughout the world. Just prior to the collapse of the Right Cause movement, he withdrew. He lost his bid for the presidency to Vladimir Putin.
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Nahyan – Net Worth: $18 Billion
Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Nahyan is the President of The United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Upon his father’s death, he has succeeded to the position of Emir of Abu Dhabi and becoming the President of the UAE. Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Nahyan’s net worth is roughly $18 Billion, making him the 9th richest politician in the world.
Hassanai Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah – Net Worth: $20 Billion
Hassanai Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah is the crown prince and sultan of Brunei. He has numerous honorary doctorates from universities, including the National University of Singapore, and the University of Oxford, England. As of 2019, Sultan of Brunei’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $20 Billion.
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud – Net Worth: $20 Billion
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud is a Saudi business magnate, investor, and philanthropist who was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Talal Alsaud is a member of the Saudi royal family and was listed as one of ‘Time Magazine’s Time 100. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud’s net worth is $20 Billion dollars, making him the 5th richest politician in the world.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan – Net Worth: $30 Billion
Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is a United Arab Emirates politician and businessman who was born in the Trucial States in November 1970. Al Nahyan is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and is also the minister of presidential affairs and he is a member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi with his half-brother Khalifa bin Zayed Nahyan. As of 2019, Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s net worth is roughly $30 Billion dollars.
Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand – Net Worth: $30 Billion
Bhumibol Adulyadej has the distinction of being the 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.
Maha Vajiralongkorn – Net Worth: $30 Billion
Maha Vajiralongkorn is the crown prince of Thailand. Maha Vajiralongkorn graduated from the Royal Military College and trained with British, Australian and the United States armed services. He is today the 3rd richest politician in the world. Maha Vajiralongkorn’s net worth is approximately $30 Billion dollars.
Michael Bloomberg of the United States of America – Net worth: $56 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 1981. 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 the second richest politician in the world.
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.