10 richest prime ministers

Leading a country is no easy feat but the following list shows that it’s a job that can attract immense wealth. Here are the ten richest Prime Ministers, past and present.

1. Vladimir Putin $70 Billion

Former Prime Minister and current President of Russia, Vladimir Putin is former member of the KGB. He amassed his fortunes through business ventures that allowed for his fortuitous acquisition of formerly state owned assets. His net worth stands at $70 Billion

2. Silvio Berlusconi $8.3 Billion

While no longer in power, Italian ex-Prime Minister Berlusconi’s time in office was marked by several scandals and political gaffes that make him impossible to forget. He served three separate terms between 1994 and 2011 and has a net worth of approximately $8.3 Billion from his media interests.

3. Bidzina Ivanishvili $5.2 Billion

A self made billionaire, Ivanishvili turned to politics in 2012. He served as Georgia’s Prime minister from 2012 to 2013 before stepping down. His net worth is estimated at $6.3 Billion.

4. Kim Jong-Un $5 Billion

Supreme Leader of North Korea and successor to his deceased father, Kim Jong-II, Kim Jong-Un boasts a net worth of $5 Billion. Though not technically a Prime Minister, he assumes many of the same duties.

5. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum $4 Billion

The UAE has developed a reputation of late for big spending in the area of construction and lavish displays of wealth. Its Prime Minister and Emir Sheikh of Dubai boasts an impressive net worth of over $4 Billion. This was earned through a combination of family wealth and business ventures.

6. Najib Mikati $3.5 Billion

He made his fortunes with a business venture he started with his brother before entering politics. He served as Prime Minister of Lebanon until 2013 when he stepped down in the wake of a bombing in front of one his buildings and increasing violence in general. His net worth is estimated at $3.5 Billion.

7. Meles Zenawi $3 Billion

Zenawi’s term as Prime Minister of Ethiopia ended in 1995, but he remained active in politics long after. He was praised up until he passed away for his tireless work in alleviating poverty. He died with a net worth of $3 Billion.

8. Wen Jiabao $3 Billion

Former Prime Minister of China, Jiabao’s impressive wealth comes from his family’s investments. They focused on insurance and commodities and from the late nineties to the present becoming quite rich. Jiabao left office in 2013 with a net worth of just under $3 Billion including family assets.

9. Saad Hariri $2 Billion

This former Prime Minister of Lebanon was ousted from government back in 2011 but during his time in office he was one of the wealthiest heads of state with a net worth estimated at $2 Billion. The majority of this was earned through his stake in his family’s construction company, Saudi Oger.

10. Benazir Bhutto $800 Million

British educated Benazir Bhutto served as Prime Minister of Pakistan twice. Her father had held the post before her until he was forced from office. During her 2007 election campaign she was murdered most likely to prevent her from returning to power. Her net worth was over $800 Million.

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