38. Suleyman Kerimov – $8.4 billion
Wealthy politicians like Suleyman Kerimov prove once again why Russia is a global powerhouse.
A former member of the State Duma and current representative of the Republic of Dagestan in the Federation Council, Kerimov is on Putin’s white list and can be viewed as a viable replacement of the Tsar in the future.
We’ll have to travel back in time to 2008 to understand the magnitude of Kerimov’s power and influence. Knowledgeable of the impending downfall of the Russian economy, he invested billions in foreign companies like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse.
It might sound like the worst idea ever, but imagine the leverage Kerimov got on the US economy. It is enough to say that the Treasury gave him a phone call at the height of the economic crisis, begging not to join the “sell” train.