People do not enter politics to earn money, but politicians somehow manage to join the bandwagon of the richest figures in the world. There is no denying the fact that politicians do earn a fair bit of money, but the wealth they gather during their political career definitely encourages many to enter politics.
While some politicians take over ancestral property and earn their wealth by legitimate businesses, others earn their fortune through political connections and not-so-transparent means, as media houses keep reporting. Without being judgmental and leaving the speculation to the readers, here we present some of the wealthiest politicians in the world.
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Known as one of the most ruthless authoritarians of modern era, Vladimir Putin with net worth of over $50 billion is perhaps the richest politicians in the world. Putin first took up the position of the Prime Minister of Russia in 1999. After that, he has been switching between the top two posts, i.e. President and Prime Minister, and currently is the President of the country. Regardless of dictatorial tactics and insane policies, Putin has somehow managed to grow the economy of the country for almost a decade, as the average Russian income has grown by 2.5 fold under his leadership.
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Kicking off his career in the Wall Street in the 70s, Michael Bloomberg became the 108th Mayor of New York City in 2001 and held the office for three successive terms. Despite being a philanthropist and preacher of equal rights, the Bloomberg LP founder and CEO has remained a controversial personality throughout his business and political careers. To add to the vows, the net worth of $36.5 billion, out of which he spent around $73 million in his initial election campaign, makes Bloomberg a mischievous figure in the New York City.
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan:
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Khalifa Bin Zayed who became the President of the United Arab Emirates after the demise of his father in 2004 is a prominent member of Al Nahyan family. Also known as Sheikh Khalifa, Zayed has net worth of over $19 billion that secures him the place among the richest politicians of in world. He has played a major role in Westernization and liberalization of the country.
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The founder of the second biggest payroll processor, Paychex, in the US, Tom Golisano with projected net worth of $17 billion is another super rich politician who served as the governor of New York for three terms, i.e. in 1994, 1998 and 2002. Apart from being a co-owner of the Buffalo Bandits lacrosse team and the Buffalo Sabres hockey team in the past, Golisano also played a major role in the formation of the Independence Party of New York.