41. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – $14 billion
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and current ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.
Don’t worry if you don’t understand the entanglement of democratic and dynastic titles of Arab politics. It’s enough to keep in mind that Mohammed is basically, the leader who put Dubai on the world map with exciting projects like Burj Khalifa and the Palm Islands.
Counting the billions is never easy. Like any other leading figure of the region, Al Maktoum steals the headlines by flaunting stuff worthy of “One Thousand and One Nights.” Hundred-room palaces and harems are just the tips of the iceberg when it comes to the lifestyle he affords.
Sheikh Mohammed is particularly fond of horseracing, which went as far as him once riding 160km to take the FEI World Endurance Championship in 2012. Let’s try to ignore that all of his horses fail drug tests on a regular basis.