45. Hassanal Bolkiah – $20 billion
Hassanal Bolkiah is the Sultan of Brunei and one of the richest figures in today’s politics.
Coroneted in 1968, Bolkiah holds absolute power in the small state located on the north coast of Borneo. We wouldn’t be talking about Bolkiah and his incredible wealth without the significant oil and natural gas resources belonging to Brunei.
Bolkiah is pretty much a one-man state. He is not only Sultan, but also Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Inspector General of Police, and even Chancellor of several universities. His daily schedule must be a nightmare.
Hassanal Bolkiah is not only famous for the billions he owns, but also for a tumultuous love life. He married a former flight attendant and a former Malaysian presenter before divorcing and stripping them of all titles, honors, and even allowances. Rich guys tend to be stingy, don’t you think?