Top 10 Richest Politicians In The World
Money and power go hand-in-hand, placing the top politicians in the perfect positions to grab both. They have all of the connections in the world opened up to them, and many of them are well connected and have plenty of financial backing long before they grab the power. Some of them are quiet about it, while others are incredibly open with their opulence.
Not surprisingly, not all politicians have come into their money in the most legal of ways. India recently passed prison sentences on 46 politicians who had stolen and embezzled, while in America high-profile politicians such as Jesse Jackson Jr. and ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick face lengthy terms. Here are the ten politicians with the greatest net worth across the globe, with a little bit of insight into the methods of how they have accumulated their wealth.
10 Imelda Marcos
Position: Representative, Philippine House of Representatives
Net Worth: $5 billion
Current politician and widow of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, she was well noted for her extravagance during his presidency, including thousands of pairs of shoes. She would end up facing trial for actions of her and her husband during their time in government, including charges of embezzlement, theft of war loot from treasure hunters, racketeering, and fraud. She has been convicted of corruption, with other charges still pending, yet manages to hold office in the Philippine House of Representatives.
9 Silvio Berlusconi
Position: Member of Senate, Italian Senate
Net Worth: $5.9 billion
Managing to serve as Prime Minister of Italy three times in his political career, Silvio Berlusconi has a rather spotty record when it comes to the law. His personal fortune has been developed through construction and media, creating the first only Italian commercial TV empire. How he did it is in question – he has been accused of a number of crimes, ranging from fraud to bribery.
The notoriously confused and unstable Italian judicial system has only managed to convict him of tax fraud. He has been accused of using his power to pass laws to protect himself, which he denies – even though his government passed laws drastically deducing prison terms for tax fraud, the only crime he has actually been convicted of.