25. Meles Zenawi – $3 billion
Although Meles Zenawi passed away in 2012, he deserves a place on our list as the richest African political leader ever.
The man who led Ethiopia with an iron fist since 1995 was a textbook benign dictator of the Black Continent. Appreciated by Western powers for his cooperation and submission, Zenawi was left to rule as he pleased, often with total disrespect towards human rights and crashing the slightest form of opposition.
The discussion on how Meles made his $3 billion is pointless. He and his close cohort of obedient followers looted the country and garnished their offshore bank accounts with money that would have otherwise helped the tens of millions of Ethiopians live a better life.