It’s no surprise that many world leaders are incredibly rich. Some are born into it. Some earn it. Some steal it. Many of the world’s richest leaders are monarchs and several hail from oil-producing nations. Ranking them by net worth isn’t easy. Most don’t release financial statements, so we’re left guessing. Our list is based on numbers gathered by Forbes Magazine and other sources. At the end of the day, all the people on our list have considerable wealth, proving once again that it’s good to be the king (or queen).
President Obama has a fortune of a couple of million dollars but, when you’re going to see these numbers, you’re definitely going to amazed. Lords, presidents, rulers, sovereigns, there are a ton of world pioneers who are really extremely rich people at the present time, yet here are the 10 most extravagant pioneers on the planet at this moment.
10. Sebastian Pinera, President of Chile – $2.4 billion
Apart from the fact that he is ruling a marvelous country, Sebastian Pinera, the president of Chile, has a fortune worth 2.4 billion dollars.
He is the owner of the local television channel Chilevision and maybe that helped him get elected in 2010, or maybe it was his position at Chile’s most popular football club, Colo Colo, that brought him in everyone’s attention. What we know, for sure, is that he is a visionary since he is also the one responsible for the use of credit cards in Chile and we also know that he owns 27% of LAN Airlines, since 1994.
9. Mohammed VI, King of Morocco – $2.5 billion
Mohammed VI is actually the perfect illustration of a saying “rich as a king”. Owning $2.5 billion dollars, the king of Morocco inherited his position as a leader in 1999, when his father died.
Lamentably, his kin is not as glad as his financial balance administrator, since there have been a lot of issues in his nation, for example, debasement, riots, and a lot of broken promises. Yet, even if he doesn’t want to be king in the future, he can still be one of the richest people from Africa, since he is a major shareholder of the ONA Group, which activates in different areas, such as mining or retail.
8. Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar – $2.5 billion
How could you say that Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world if its president would not be an example? With a fortune of 2.5 billion dollars, the emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani rules Qatar since 1995, when his father died. Yet, his family’s history as leaders goes far away in time.
He was a backer of the Al Jazeera news network when his father lived, and now he is trying to invest in a major football club since he tried to buy Rangers FC and Manchester United.
7. Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechstenstein – $4 billion
The name of the prince of Liechenstein is almost as long as his income list: Johannes Hans Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marko d’ Aviano Pius von und zu Liechtenstein. Coming from a family that collects art pieces, he is also the owner of the LGT banking group.
Since 2004, he transferred some of his state powers to his son, Alois. His entire family’s fortune values 7.6 billion dollars, is considered one of the richest monarchal families of Europe.
6. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Emir of Dubai – $4 billion
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum started to be the emir of Dubai and the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, on January 2006. Raised in a family of 4 sons, he inherited those positions from his brother, Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Not only that some of his wives come from royal families, but also 4 of his daughters married with other sheiks, so his family’s estimated worth is around 44 billion dollars. He is the major shareholder of Dubai Holding, he has some of the biggest properties from this country and also owns the world’s second-largest yacht.
5. Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Arab Emirates – $15 billion
If the Vice President of the United Arab Emirates is that rich, then the President of this country is even richer. Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has an impressive fortune of 15 billion dollars.
He began to rule the UAE when his dad died and then he became the emir of Abu Dhabi, on 3 November 2004. Yet, he was acting like a president since 1994. He owns Athe bu Dhabi Investment Authority and his entire family’s fortune is around 150 billion dollars.
4. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia – $18 billion
The King of Saudi Arabia occupies the 3rd place on the list of the richest monarchs of the world and 4th in our list. With a fortune of 18 billion dollars, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is known for his charitable acts and for his permissive attitude and reforms regarding women’s rights.
Saudi Arabia controls over 18% of the world’s oil, and, of course, its king has something to say regarding this. Forbes said that Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his family were worth, in 2005, no less than 21 billion dollars.
3. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei – $20 billion
As small is Brunei, as rich as its Sultan. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien (that’s his full name) has a fortune of 20 billion dollars and a lot of controversies around him.
With such a worth, no wonder that he is the owner of one of the world’s largest and most expensive and rarest car collections. He divorced twice already and stripped his ex-wives of all their royal titles. His family includes 7 daughters, 5 sons, and 10 grandchildren.
2. Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand – $30 billion
Thailand not only is one of the best places in the world to spend your holidays but also has one of the richest presidents in the world. Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, has an estimated fortune of 30 billion dollars. He rules this country since 1946 and is considered to be the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the richest royal person.
He has an entire bureau that manages his fortune and he’s the owner of many companies, such as Siam Cement, the largest industrial conglomerate of Thailand, and he has almost 3,493 acres of land in Bangkok.
1. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia – $40 billion
The Russian current president, Vladimir Putin, is the richest president in the world, having an estimated fortune of over $40 billion dollars.
In 2007, at the time of the legislative election, he declared a very small fortune, of only 150.000 dollars. Yet, at that moment, he also owned 11 luxury yachts. This brought forth some unsubstantiated cases, that he has a fortune of right around 70 billion dollars, comprising in stakes of some enormous Russian organizations like the oil organization Surgutneftegaz and the natural gas monopoly Gazprom, but right now, people guesstimate his net worth is around $40 billion.