Who is a president? A leader of the country, the final decision maker, the one who is sworn to care for the nation and its people. Sure, with a title like that comes great power and fame. But you know what they say “with great power comes great responsibility” and with great responsibility comes pressure. For all the hard work that the presidents do, they deserve incentive. However, some presidents around the world are a tad bit richer than the most. Here is a list of the five richest presidents in the world!
Vladimir Putin, Russia, $40 Billion
It cannot be said for sure weather the money that Putin owns has been fairly earned or if it is the outcome of his dirty deeds. Irrespective, given his positing in Russia, people dare not ask him the source of his income, probably out of respect or fear. Those who do ask him have been denied answers they were seeking. Stake ownership in several companies in Russia are said to have been one of the main source of Putin’s wealth. He also has many expensive buildings constructed on government lands.
Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand, $30 Billion
Bhumibol has been reining the throne in Thailand since 1946. The king is the second richest president of the world with net worth of $30 billion dollars. He is also the longest reigning monarch in Thailand’s history. The Crown Property Bureau (CBP) and Privy Purse have been put in-charge of taking care of his wealth. The CBP is only accountable to the king and no other government body. Taxes are one of the sources of the Thai King’s income.
Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei, $20 Billion
He is the Sultan of Brunei and it is a proud factor to be the third richest president in the world coming from a not-so-wealthy country. The gas and il resources in Brunei have done the Sultan much good. Not to forget that Bolkiah has the largest collection of cars, amongst which is a Rolls Royce fully coated in precisely 24k of gold.
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE, $15 Billion
The President of UAE and the Emir of Abu Dhabi, he is fourth on the list. It is not only him, but his entire family falls under the category of the wealthiest lot in the world. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan took control of UAE after the death of his father, Sheikh Zayad bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in 2002. He controls 97.8 billion barrels of proved oil reserves, he is the chairman of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and he also runs the second largest sovereign wealth fund, in the world. The wealth fund has assets mounting up to approximately $773 billion, as it was last checked in 2015.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai, $4 Billion
The Vice President of Dubai and Prime Minister of UAE, he is the face behind making Dubai one of the best tourist destination in the world and the happiest city to live in. Under his rule and guidance Dubai has emerged as one of the best places in the world to invest in. Basically, he put Dubai on the map for the world map for investors. His Highness controls 99.67 % interests in Dubai Holdings and Dubai World. He believes in doing a good amount of charity, perhaps that’s the reason he is 5th on the list.