Top 10 Richest Dictators You Won't Believe Are Filthy Rich

Russian President Vladimir Putin is rumored to be richer than Bill Gates with a net worth of $75 Billion

Dictators are famous for having a lot of money that comes at great risk. That being said, this list of the 10 richest dictators in the world will show you just how much ruling a country by force is worth. Some are even richer than Bill Gates. No wonder men like them love to be in power.

1) Ayatollah Ali Khomenei : $95 Billion

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution oversees the Iranian government that has its own president in place as the face of the government. With business holdings throughout the world, he has amassed a shocking net worth of $95 billion. This is a surprising top of the list, thanks to an in depth investigation by a group of reporters. 

Deep investigations by reporters revealed that Ayatollah Ali Khomenei have amassed assets worth $95 Billion. 

2) Vladimir Putin : $75 Billion

Putin has found himself in the middle of a battle to take back parts of the former USSR, but his wealth still keeps him comfortable. With an incredible $75 billion in total assets, he has earned one of the top spots by sheer force of will. Rigging elections, silencing dissent and more have all made him the second richest dictator in the world.

 3) King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz : $18 Billion

The head of the Saudi royal family and the current leader of Saudi Arabia has been in the news due to the social laws that are in place in his country, but the fact remains that he has an incredible net worth of $18 billion.

4) Robert Mugabe : $10 Billion

African dictators are famous for being among the richest dictators in the world, in part due to the way that they obtain their wealth. With over $10 billion in net worth, in addition to spending over $12 million on travel alone within a six month time frame, Robert Mugabe is one of the wealthiest and least frugal dictators on this list. 

5) Kim Jong Un : $5 Billion

The current leader of North Korea has a net worth valued at $5 billion, which is tied up in over 200 international bank accounts throughout the world. This comes, according to reports, from a variety of ventures, including manufacturing drugs, counterfeiting US currency and the sale of cigarettes. 

6) Bashar al-Assad : $1.5 Billion

Bashar al-Assad has been in the news a lot due to the ongoing civil war in the country he reigns over, but the Syrian president still maintains about 70 percent of all of the assets of his country. With at least $1.5 billion in assets, he is living a luxury lifestyle that keeps the al-Assad dynasty going in Syria. Some reports states that the amount of wealth that he and his family controls are in excess of $100 Billion. If that is true its no wonder he does not wish to step down as president anytime soon.

7) Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo : $1 Billion

Oil production and control of the national treasury have earned Equatoguinean President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo more than $1 Billion. Shopping sprees for his kids and massive estates in California haven’t put a dent in the massive wealth that he has amassed over the course of his years in control.

8) Ali Bongo Ondimba : $1 Billion

With $1 billion in net worth, he is the final billionaire on our list, but that doesn’t mean Gabonese President, Ali Bongo Ondimba doesn’t have plenty at his disposal. $138 million homes in Paris and embezzling 25% of his company’s national product makes him one of the most troublesome dictators financially.

9) Denis Sassou Nguesso : $650 Million

This Congolese President is yet another in a long line of African dictators who have controlled the oil industry and kept the profits for themselves. A single trip to New York cost him almost $400,000, which isn’t much considering his $650 million net worth.

 10) Islam Karimov : At least $100 Million

Islam Karimov is the first president of Uzbekistan, but his election was met with claims of vote fraud and propaganda, but there is no denying the fact that he is worth a lot of money. His oldest daughter lives in a $58 million mansion. He has a net worth of at least $100 million, although some put it at much higher. 

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