18. Mohammed VI – $2.1 billion
Meet Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco and most likely the country’s richest man.
If in most democracies around the world one must give up economic ventures before assuming public office, things work quite differently elsewhere. For instance, the Moroccan Royal Family holds the majority stakes in the SNI (National Society of Investments).
In other words, the 55-year-old and his blue-blooded relatives exert direct control over the most important businesses of Morocco. Mohammed VI is also the leading landowner, and a key world supplier of phosphorous, an essential component found in all fertilizers.
Guess that’s why Morocco occupied the desert wasteland that is Western Sahara.