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 several 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).
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
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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 US$20 billion.
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Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, UAE President and ruler of Abu Dhabi
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 US$23 billion.
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Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein
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Kim Jong-un, Leader of North Korea
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, PM and VP of the UAE & ruler of Dubai
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Sebastian Pinera, President of Chile
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Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
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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 US$1.5 billion.
Albert II, Prince of Monaco
Prince Albert II has ruled the Principality of Monaco since 2005. His net worth is estimated at US$1 billion, mostly from land holdings in Monaco and France.
Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman
Qaboos bin Said, the Sultan of Oman, has ruled the Arab state since 1970 when he overthrew his father in a coup. He is estimated to be worth US$700 million.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been the president of the African nation of Equatorial Guinea since 1970. According to Forbes, he is worth about US$600 million.
Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
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Elizabeth II, Queen of England
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Mswati III, King of Swaziland
Swaziland's King Mswati III has ruled the small African nation since 1986 when he became king at the tender age of 18. He's worth at least US$100 million and has 15 wives.