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 numerous 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).
Here are The 10 Richest World Leaders and Their Net Worth
10. Albert II, Prince of Monaco
Prince Albert II has ruled the Principality of Monaco since 2005. His net worth is estimated at the $1 billion US, mostly from land holdings in Monaco and France.
9. Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria
Despite the ongoing civil war that is ripping apart Syria, President Bashar al-Assad has stubbornly clung on to power. He became president in 2000 following the death of his father. Sources say Assad has amassed a personal fortune of as much as $1.5 billion US.
8. Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
Morocco’s King, Mohammed VI, is worth around $5.7 billion US. He has ruled Morocco since 1999
7. Sebastian Pinera, President of Chile
Sebastian Pinera is currently Chile’s president, but only until March as he did not stand for re-election. His fortune is estimated at $2.8 billion US.
6. Sheikh Mohammed, Al-Maktoum, The ruler of Dubai
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum is the Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates. He is also Dubai’s constitutional monarch. His net worth is said to be over $18 billion US.
5. Kim Jong-un, Leader of North Korea
Estimates about the wealth of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un vary, but it is claimed that he has as much as $5 billion US hidden away in secret bank accounts around the world.
4. Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein
Hans-Adam II is tiny Liechtenstein’s head of state. Forbes says he’s worth about $3.5 billion US.
3. Sheikh Khalifa, Al-Nahyan, UAE President.
Another Middle Eastern leader to make the list is Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Abu Dhabi. In power since 2004, his fortune is estimated at $23 billion US.
2. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei
Hassanal Bolkiah is the Sultan of Brunei and its prime minister. He has ruled over this small state in Southeast Asia since 1967. His net worth is said to be around $20 billion US.
1. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
There’s a big debate over how much Russian President Vladimir Putin is worth. Estimates range from $40 to $200 billion US – if rumors about his stake in various Russian companies are true. Putin, however, denies it. “It’s just chitchat, nonsense, nothing to discuss,” he told the AP. “They picked it out of their noses and smeared it on their pieces of paper.”