List of Richest Politicians
For the common people, politics might seem complex and a dirty game but those who dare to get involved with it, does not cease to become popular and built a huge empire of wealth. There are few politicians who have achieved the pinnacle of success and are counted as the wealthiest politicians. Politicians can be from different walks of life and the moment they are elected to serve the society for its betterment they are bound to receive attention. Given below is the list of Top 10 Richest Politicians who have not only claimed fame through their political careers but have also earned a name in terms of wealth.
Top 10 Richest Politicians
Get to know more about the Top Ten Richest Politicians across the world and the stories related to their success.
1. Michael Bloomberg
Michael Rubens Bloomberg is an American business magnate, politician and philanthropist who is currently the Mayor of New York City. With $25 billion as his asset, he is not only the richest politician but also one of the wealthiest Americans. He is the founder and 88% owner of Bloomberg L.P., a financial data-services firm. This media company of his has revenues of over $7 billion per year and is vital to anyone working in finance.
2. Mikhail Prokhorov
Owner of the American basketball team the Brooklyn Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov is a Russian billionaire cum politician with an asset of 13.2 billion. He is the former chairman of Polyus Gold, Russia’s largest gold producer, and former President of ONEXIM Group. He resigned both positions when he entered politics in June 2011. In June 2012 he declared the establishment of new political party “Party of Civic Platform”. He is the seventh wealthiest man in Russia and the second richest in the field of politics.
3. Bidzina Ivanishvili
Reclusive and rich, Bidzina Ivanishvili is a Georgian businessman and politician who has been Prime Minister of Georgia since 2012. He is the leader of the coalition called Georgian Dream, which won the October 2012 parliamentary election but is also the richest person in Georgia. He lives in a glass house and keeps a personal zoo of penguins, lemurs and a zebra along with a net value of $6.4 billion.
4. Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi is a 76 year old Italian politician and media tycoon who has served three times as Prime Minister of Italy from 1994 to 1995, 2001 to 2006 and 2008 to 2011. Nicknamed as II Cavaliere, he is also the owner of A.C Milan and the controlling shareholder of Mediaset. The leader of the “People of Freedom political movement” has a worth of $5.9 billion thus making him one among the top 10 richest politicians in the world.
5. Henry Ross Perot Sr.
Henry Ross Perot Sr. is an American businessman best known for running for President of the United States in 1992 and 1996. Perot founded Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in 1962, sold the company to General Motors in 1984, and founded Perot Systems in 1988. A veterans’ advocate, Perot Sr. was honored at the Army Heritage Center Foundation in July 2011 for donating to POWs’ families, children of deceased soldiers. He owns a net worth of $3.5 billion.
6. Andrei Guriev
Andrei Guriev, a Senator from Murmansk Oblast who controls the world’s second-largest producer of phosphorous fertilizer concentrate, continues to benefit from a fertilizer boom. He has built up a fortune of $3.5 billion, over a decade with close relation with Phosagro and its subsidiary Apatit.
7. Naguib Sawiris
Naguib Onsi Sawiris is an Egyptian businessman and politician who was previously the executive chairman of the telecommunications companies Wind Telecom and Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) before turning to politics in May 2011. He is considered a nationalist and supporter of liberalism who had founded the liberal Free Egyptians Party. With a personal wealth of $3.1 billion he is another political figure who holds a position among the top 10 richest politicians.
8. Najib Mikati
Lebanese politician, businessman and current Prime Minister of Lebanon, Najib Mikati who made his fortune in telecom in Africa, is worth an estimated $3 billion as of March 2012, according to Forbes Magazine, making him the richest man in Lebanon. He was a perennial candidate for Lebanon’s Prime Ministry since 2000, finally taking the office upon the resignation of Omar Karami on 13 April 2005.
9. Sebastian Pinera
The founder of credit card giant Bancard, Sebastian Pinera became the first billionaire to be sworn into the Chilean Presidency with net value of $ 2.4 billion. He is best known in Chile as a businessman, owning several businesses all over the country. Pinera made his fortune before becoming president through his ownership of third oldest television station in Chile television channel Chilevision and LAN Airlines.
10. Jeff Greene
A member of the Democratic Party and was a candidate in the 2010 Senate election primaries in Florida, Jeff Greene made his fortune of $2.1 billion from real estate. Greene began investing in real estate while in business school, and built a successful real estate business from being a mere busboy at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.