In the modern world, politics and wealth seem to go hand in hand. This statement resonates with every politician worldwide unless you are Jose Mujica – Uruguay’s president-cum-the world’s poorest leader. Asia has been no exception as it also plays host to politicians with massive wealth.
1. Hassanal Bolkiah $20 Billion
With a net worth of $20 billion sitting pretty in his bank account, Hassanal Bolkiah is the wealthiest politician in Asia. He is the prime minister and sultan of Brunei, a Southeast Asia state situated on the island of Borneo.
2. Sonia Gandhi $19 Billion
A doyen of Indian politics, Gandhi is the second richest politician in Asia with a net worth of $19 billion. For 16 years, she has headed the Indian National Congress Party having entered politics after the 1991 assassination of her husband, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
3. Savitri Jindal $13.2 Billion
A net worth of $13.2 billion makes Jindal the third richest Asian politician. She is a member of the Indian National Congress Party and a legislator in the Haryana Legislative Assembly. Jindal, also a steel baroness, has been a permanent name on the Billionaire Mothers’ list.
4. Zong Qinghou $10.8 Billion
Chinese politician Zong Qinghou comes forth on the list boasting a net worth of $10.8 billion. Since 2002, he has been a National People’s Congress party delegate in China. His business ventures as CEO of Hangzhou Wahaha Group ensure that his bank account remains loaded.
5. Wu Yajun $7 Billion
Yajun is the fifth richest politician in Asia with a net worth of $7 billion. She is a member of the National People’s Council in China having previously been a journalist. Besides politics, she heads Longfor Properties and owns 70% of the company’s shares.
6. Asif Ali Zardari $4 Billion
Pakistani president Zardari has a net worth of $4 billion inherited from his wealthy father who was a Sindhi tribal leader. He owns numerous Swiss bank accounts and homes in Florida, Spain, France and Britain. He is also the widower of Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistani prime minister.
7. Lu Guanqiu $2.4 Billion
He started out as a bike mechanic before becoming Asia’s seventh richest politician with a net worth of $2.4 billion. In politics, Guanqiu is a National People’s Council member in China. His business exploits include chairing the Wanxiang Group, a Chinese conglomerate.
8. Manny Pacquiao $100 Million
Pacquiao is most notable for his exploits on the boxing ring where he has won 54 of his 61 matches thus far. Politically, he is a congressman in the Philippines House of Representatives. Combined with his boxing exploits, Pacquiao is worth $100 million as of 2014.
9. Lee Myung-bak $23.6 Million
Former South Korean president Myung-bak is one of Asia’s richest politicians thanks to his net worth of $23.6 million. He was the mayor of Seoul from 2002 before serving as president from 2008 to 2013.
10. Imelda Marcos $22 Million
Imelda Marcos is a congress member in Philippines with a net worth of $22 million. She inherited some of her assets from her husband Ferdinand Marcos who was Philippines’ ruler for two decades.