From time immemorial, mankind has always made use of leaders. These people who count as leaders have usually, stood for the rights of the people. These leaders carry with them, the burden of the wills, wants, and needs of the people, and it is their job, by virtue of the position they hold, to sift through those myriad opinions, wants, and needs, and find unifying elements which can lead to the forging of a stronger state.
This article is centered on the richest presidents in the world. Down to the smallest unit of society, the family, the parents can be seen as the leaders of the nuclear family. They preside over the affairs of the other members of the family and ensure that everything runs smoothly. The need for a single leader has always been for the avoidance of conflict, and to limit the occurrence of human error. The famous saying goes that “too many chefs ruin the broth”, with too many people presiding over the affairs of a people without a clear distinction between their various duties and the extent to which their authority runs, then that society or gathering is destined to fall into chaos.
TOP 10 RICHEST PRESIDENTS IN THE WORLD 2021
1. Vladimir Putin – $70 billion
The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin tops this list as the Richest President in the world and was reported by Forbes to be worth $70 billion. His salary is $187,000 per annum.
2. Maha VajiralongkornALONGKORN – $30 billion
The only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit holds the second position on this list. Maha Vajiralongkorn is the current king of Thailand and is the longest-serving head of state as well as the richest world leader. In his nation of Thailand, this man has a very great reputation. Maha Vajiralongkorn, according to Forbes magazine, is worth $30 billion, placing him comfortably at this second position, on the list of richest presidents in the world.
3. Hassanal Bolkiah – $20 billion
Hassanal Bolkiah is the Sultan of Brunei and has the largest private residence. Sultan Hassanal flies his very own 747-400 and is known to own a very large collection of cars that are for his own personal use. Hassanal Bolkiah’s net worth of 20 billion as reported by Forbes, easily places him at the 3rd position on this list.
4. Salman Bin AbdulAziz Al-Saud – $20 billion
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud is the King of Saudi Arabia and was born on the 31st of December in the year 1935 in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. He became king at the age of 80 after the death of his half-brother. The majority of his money is revenue from oil and according to Forbes, he has a net worth of $20 billion, making him the fourth among the richest presidents in the world.
When it comes to a country, the leader, is oftentimes, the president of that country. In some cases, a king, or queen or prime minister may be the leader, all depending on how the government is run. This president who presides over the affairs of the country is known as the number one citizen in the country, voted by the people, ideally because they saw in him or her, a trait that made them stand out amongst others as the one who would lead them and the country to greater heights.
5. Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan – $18 billion
The fifth position on this list goes to the president of the United Arab Emirates. This great man was born in the year 1948 on the 25th of January in Al Ain, U.A.E. President Khalifa is known for a huge donation of $460 million which he made, leading to his being mentioned in Wikileaks. This man is not known to live a very lavish lifestyle, but based on a report by Forbes, he is worth $18 billion and currently occupies the fifth position on the list of richest presidents in the world.
6. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – $14 billion
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Ruler of Dubai as well as being the Vice president and Prime Minister of the U.A.E (United Arab Emirates). This man has been instrumental to the complete transformation of Dubai, and also owns 99.6% of the holding company which owns virtually everything. The net worth that has placed him at the sixth position on this list as reported by Forbes is $14 billion.
7. Hans-Adams II – $3.5 billion
Hans Adams is the Prince of Liechtenstein and was born on the 14th of February in the year 1945 in Zurich, Switzerland. His father and mother are Franz Joseph II who was the prince of Liechtenstein from 1906 to 1989 and Countess Georgina Von Wilczek (1921 – 1989). Hans-Adams II also has other titles including Duke of Troppau and Jägerndorf as well as Count Rietberg. This great man is the owner of a banking group and also owns a large collection of art. he is known to be of the opinion that the best form of government is a democracy, but his position as a Monarch counters his beliefs sort of. Forbes reports the Prince as having a net worth of $3.5 billion.
8. Sebastian Pinera – $2.9 billion
He is the current President of Chile and was born on the 1st day of December in the year 1949. His current position came following his election in the month of December 2014. Sebastian also held the position before back in the year 2010 to the year 2014. This politician, entrepreneur, businessman, investor, and economist is said to be worth $2.9 billion, according to Forbes, and currently holds the 8th position on this top ten list of world richest presidents.
9. Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani – $2.5 billion
Hamad bin Khalifa is the Emir of Qatar, and he occupies the 9th position on this list. Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world, hence, the raised possibility of its president being among the richest. Hamad bin Khalifa has been ruling since his father died in 1995. When his father was alive, Hamad supported the Al Jazeera news network.
10. Mohammed VI – $2.1 billion
Mohammed VI is the current King of Morocco and the 10th richest president in the world. His ascension to the throne in the year 1999 on the 23rd day of June, followed the death of his father, the former King Hassan. He was the second child, but the first and oldest son of Hassan II with his second wife. Mohammed VI was appointed the crown prince and heir apparent to the throne of Morocco on the day of his birth. Mohammed VI is one of the leading businessmen in Morocco and he has not had any corruption charges leveled against him. He is reported to have a net worth of $2.1 billion.
Who Is The Richest President In The World?
These presidents, as has been implied, are oftentimes, chosen by the people, through a credible, free, and fair election. It is not common to see one single aspirant for the position of the president has all the votes of the people, rather, the votes are usually split unevenly among all the aspirants, with the one with the highest group of supporters, winning the position to represent the people.
The same isn’t the case in the case of Kings and Queens, who oftentimes take over as a right, due to the position in the family. In all things, the position of leader, whether it is in the capacity of president, king, or queen, is a cherished position that ideally, is only held by the most capable set of individuals.
The position of president is not always held by people who have merited the position, by virtue of having the most votes. In case of a military coup, ahead of state may simply emerge from one of the leading generals and take over at the helm, of affairs. In other cases, fraudulent means can be employed towards making sure the votes given by the people are in the favor of a particular candidate, who those, who hold fairly strong positions in the state would rather see occupy the office.
A good president will usually lead to the success of a country, during his or her tenure, especially if the president is surrounded by similarly good subordinates and advisors to make sure the government runs smoothly. On the other hand, a bad president, like any bad leader, would almost always cause a complete decline in the overall standard of living of his people, or the economy of his state.
This article does not intend to argue out the virtues and vices of the current presidents that are at the helm of affairs in this current day. Rather, the purpose of this article is to weigh the material strength of the presidents of the world, against each other. Some of these presidents are usually men and women of strong standing in society who already have good things going for them aside from their overall interest in politics. This isn’t always the case, however, as there are others, who despite holding such a position, are not very rich.
THE RICHEST PRESIDENT IN THE WORLD CURRENTLY
The position of richest president in the world is held by none other than the president of Russia himself, Vladimir Putin, a statesman, and ex-intelligence officer. Putin has been the president of the Eurasian nation since 2012 and previously held the position before that from the year 2000 to the year, 2008. From the year 1998 till 2000 when he first ran for the office of the president, Vladimir Putin was the Prime Minister of Russia, and also, between his presidency which ended in 2008 and the one which began in 2012, he also held the aforementioned position.
As prime minister in his 2000 to 2008 tenure, he also served as acting president of the nation for a while after the resignation of the country at the time, President Boris Yeltsin. He doubled as the chairman of the ruling party in Russia, the United Russia party while he was prime minister for the second time.
This powerful president, aged 69 as of now, was born in Leningrad on October 7th in the year 1952, in the Soviet Union. Putin read Law at the State University in Leningrad where he graduated in the year 1975. 16 years saw him serving as an officer for Russian intelligence, the KGB after which he retired in the year 1991 with the intention of going into politics.
FORMER POOREST PRESIDENT IN THE WORLD
This position is held by the admirable, former president of Uruguay, Jose Murcia. This former country leader was also known to be the humblest leader in the whole world. He was the 40th president of the nation of Uruguay and served from the year 2010 to the year 2015 before he retired when he was 81 years old. He earned this title because of the level of austerity he showed throughout his government and was set aside from other presidents owing to his famous benevolence. Jose Murcia lived in a small, inexpensive chrysanthemum farm that was situated outside Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. He refused to stay in the presidential mansion that came with his office where he would have been waited on by various servants. More than 90% of his monthly salary of $12,000 was given to the poor.
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There are other presidents, kings, queens, and leaders from, all over the world who also have considerable means by way of material possessions. These ones on the list of richest presidents in the world, however, happen to be the top ten out of the lot. The list is constantly changing and the positions could as well be switched in years to come, with possible new entries as well.