With power come not only the fame but also, more importantly, the fortune. Heads of state or government are supposed to be the servants of the people, but it may be an extremely difficult and even thankless job. Those who serve should have a real and sincere love for his mother country to perform such a role.
Real servants should be one with his people and must know what the ordinary man is feeling. That is why a lot of admiration comes the way of Jose Mujica, the President of Uruguay who has eschewed all the perks of his power to live with and among ordinary Uruguayans. But sometimes, it may also help to be rich because it will allow the person to focus on his job without worrying about money to provide for his family.
And money worries, these heads of state and government do not have. Here now is a list of the top 10 richest presidents in the world.
10. Net Worth of Prince Albert II, Monaco – $2 Billion
Prince Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi is the second wealthiest member of any royal family in the whole of Europe. Among his many holdings are stakes within Monaco’s casino and entertainment industries, as well as sizable real estate in both his home country and France. Aside from his wealth, Prince Albert II is also well known for his place on the national bobsled team in the Winter Olympics, and a constant interest in environmental issues. As a matter of fact, though he is an automobile enthusiast, most of his vehicles are either hybrid or wholly hydrogen based luxury vehicles.
9. Mohammed VI, King of Morocco – $2.5 billion
8. 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
6. Mohammed bin Rashid Al 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.
5. 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.
4. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia – $18 billion
3. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei – $20 billion
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