The Richest Presidents in the World

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10. Sebastian Pinera, President of Chile – $2.4

Sebastian Pinera came to power in 2010 after
being elected as the first billionaire to be sworn in
as President of Chile. He owned Chilevision, a
terrestrial television channel that broadcasted all
over Chile. He also owned 27 percent of LAN
Airlines after purchasing the shares of
Scandinavian Airlines in the former state-owned
firm in 1994. He also held a 13 percent share in
Colo Colo, one of the country’s most popular
football clubs. He was also responsible for
introducing credit cards to Chile in the 70s.

09. Mohammed VI, King of Morocco – $2.5

Mohammed VI became the King of Morocco in
1999 after the death of his father. He drew a lot of
attention after promising to tackle the triple issues
of poverty, corruption and human rights violations.
These have yet to be solved, however, as
evidenced by widespread protests in 2011.
Corruption issues have also led to the King
himself. He holds significant amount of shares in
Omnium Nord Africain, or the ONA Group, that
owns diverse investments in retail, financial
services, mining and other sectors.

08. Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of
Qatar – $2.5 billion

The ruler of Qatar comes from the Al Thani
dynasty that began its reign in 1850 when
Muhammad bin Thani ruled the country. The
family comes from one of the largest tribes in the
Arabian Peninsula called the Banu Tamim. The
current Emir came to power in 1995 after deposing
his father. He was one of the primary backers of
the Al Jazeera news network, even providing a $
137 million loan to help the company in its first
years of operation. The Emir is also known as a
huge football fan, having made bids to take over
clubs like Manchester United and Rangers FC.

7. Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechstenstein
– $4 billion

His full name can be a mouthful: Johannes Hans
Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marko d’
Aviano Pius von und zu Liechtenstein. He owns
the LGT banking group. His family also owns an
extensive collection of art pieces. These are
displayed for public viewing at the Liechtenstein
Museum in Vienna. He is considered as the
wealthiest monarch in all of Europe. He holds
broad powers as head of state, including the ability
to introduce legislation and the power to veto laws
passed by the parliament.

06. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
Emir of Dubai – $4 billion
Maktoum, Emir of
Dubai – $4 billion
As the ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al
Maktoum is also automatically the Prime Minister
and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates.
He came to power in 2006, succeeding his older
brother Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He
owns 99.67 percent of Dubai Holding. He is also
responsible for the construction of landmarks like
the Palm Islands, Burj Al Arab and the Burj Al
Khalifa. His family’s total wealth is estimated to
be around $44 billion.

05. Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
President of United Arab Emirates – $15 billion
As the Emir of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa bin Zayed Al
Nahyan is also the President of the United Arab
Emirates. He took over as President in 2004 after
the death of his father. He is the chairman of the
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. His family has
an estimated wealth of more than $150 billion. He
is known for his philanthropic work, making
donations to orphanages in Turkmenistan,
hospitals in the US and schools in Wales.

04. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King
of Saudi Arabia – $18 billion

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the third
richest monarch in the world. He became King of
Saudi Arabia in 2005 after the death of his half
brother King Fahd. As the Saudi King, he is also
the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. Under
his regime, the country has slowly been
undertaking reforms, including allowing more
rights to women. He is known for his immediate
response to international disasters, like the 2008
earthquake in China and Hurricane Katrina in New

3. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei – $
20 billion

Hassanal Bolkiah’s complete name is Sultan Haji
Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni
Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien
Sa’adul Khairi Waddien. He became the Sultan of
Brunei after the abdication of his father in 1967.
He has one of the largest car collections in the
world, with some companies making new cars
exclusively for him. He even has a Rolls Royce
coated with 24K gold.

2. Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand
– $30 billion

Bhumibol Adulyadej is the beloved King of
Thailand. He is the longest currently serving head
of state and the longest reigning monarch in the
history of his country. He has been the country’s
King since 1946. He has made generous
contributions to various sectors of Thai society. He
is considered to be the richest royal in the world.

1. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia – $
40 billion

Vladimir Putin has been the Russian President
since 2012, though he also served in the post from
2000 to 2008. Though his reported income is only
$80,000, Putin is said to be a multi-billionaire
because of his stakes in various Russian
companies. He has had several houses built
ostensibly as official residences of the head of
state or government. One in Praskoveevka near the
Black Sea is said to cost around a billion dollars.

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