50. Vladimir Putin – $70 billion
Vladimir Putin currently reigns at the top of our list as the richest politician in the world.
No one knows for sure how much the Tsar is worth and we have good reason to believe Putin managed to keep massive amounts of cash hidden from any form of public inquiry. Russia is far from being a democracy, and the fact that the 64-year-old president toys with oligarchs as if they are pawns should be enough of a hint.
Putin has stood in the first line of Kremlin politics continuously since 1999, and there are no signs he is ready to step down and named his successor. Embracing a macho image that coagulated large popular support, Putin has a propaganda machine working behind his back to make him appear as the coolest guy ever.
Now comes the tricky question. Politicians are obviously just a small part of today’s billionaires. Are the rest too comfortable to get involved or do they prefer to rule from the shadow and use puppets?