Top 10 Richest Politicians In The World
8 Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum
Position: Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates
Net Worth: $14 billion
Yet another Arabian Royal whose wealth is mostly inherited, Maktoum has directed much of his wealth towards charity - of his net worth, and estimated $10 billion will be directed over the next few years to the Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Foundation, meant to improve the educational standards of the entire Middle East. Maktoum doesn't need to worry, though, as his Dubai Holding investment company has diversified holdings across the Arab world, and his Thoroughbred Stud operation is the largest breeder of championship horses in the world.
7 Abdullah bin Abul Aziz
Position: King of Saudi Arabia
Net Worth: $17 billion
Usually with Royal Families, the head of the family is also the richest - not true in the case of Saudi Arabia. While his cousin Alwaleed Bin Talal has had the opportunity to invest and grow his wealth, Abdullah has devoted his life to the development of his country. A reformer and moderate, his wealth is entirely inherited, and his net worth has actually dropped over time, due to his philanthropic movements and gestures including personally bequeathing billions to causes such as the World Food Programme, education, and science.