10 chapters of the richest countries in the world
It is said that to be the head of any organization - it is hard work, but the pay is worth it. How do we demonstrate these super-rich rulers from around the world - the same is true of governments. Who said that the work must necessarily poorly paid in the public sector?
10. Sebastian Pineiro (2.4 billion dollars)
An incredibly rich, but strangely robotic Sebastian Pineyra is in last place in our list of billionaires, with a "modest" 2.4 billion dollars in his pocket.
The Head of State first took part in the management of several large companies - "Chile Apple" TV "ChiliVizhn" (100% of the shares which he owned), and "The Chilean airline" - an investment in the latest and determined much of his future earnings.
In 2010, he degreed to become executive director of the whole nation, even after he was elected its president, and in the same year the economy grew by 5.2% - possible evidence that the ability to make money also extends to the political arena?
Chile's "number one" at the moment is also on the list of 488 positions billionaires "Forbes". If even all his money could do something to make it look less like the Terminator.
9. Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (2.4 billion dollars)
Sheikh Hamad initially came to power, shifting from the throne of his father in a bloodless palace coup in 1995. The Emir of Qatar represents his country during state visits and is responsible for coordinating its development in the field of oil and natural gas. The results are evident in his 2.4 billion dollar bank account. Militarist sentiments Emir, educated in English Sendhorstskoy Military Academy, he previously served as Minister of Defense of the country, and in this position holds a program of intensive modernization of the Qatari armed forces. And yet he has three wives and 24 children. Fortunately, he had enough money to pay for baby sitters!
8. Mohammed VI of
(2.5 billion dollars)
The King of Morocco Mohammed VI gained his billions as a financial your family heritage and vast domestic reserves of phosphates. In the role of the ruler of his own country, he has a strong executive power, which he used to weaken the sacred aura of the monarchy, and to strengthen the position of prime minister. He also held a number of reforms, aimed at making the most prone to corruption of the government more accountable to the people - although some believe that these pro-democratic measures is still not enough. Mohammed also has a very impressive bank account: according to reports, he has 2.5 billion dollars, and has a solid suit to prove it. Some people are just born to be lucky to.
7. Hans-Adam II (4 billion dollars)
In addition, he is the head of the tiny European country of Liechtenstein, Hans-Adam II as one of the richest rulers of the world, and is simply the richest ruler in Europe. In this it is easy to bypass the more famous monarchs such as Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands I, which is probably quite humiliating for them.
Despite the fact that he is the heir to a large family fortune as a member of the royal family, Adam lot of trouble to make their money: it not only owns banking group "LGT", but was also put in charge of his family's financial affairs at the age of 27 years old, and showed a good grasp so that today their combined family fortune exceeds $ 7 billion. In 2004, he formally handed over most of the royal powers to his son, Prince Alois. Hopefully, the guy will show the same class as his daddy.
6. Silvio Berlusconi ($ 9 billion)
There is a joke that the official measure for measuring political corruption called "Berlusconi". Dark machinations of (among other things, Berlusconi was accused of embezzlement, tax fraud, and bribery of judges) undoubtedly helped the Italian leaders and entrepreneurs to be ahead of the rest: not only did he officially is the fifth richest head of state in the world, but also the most long-serving leaders are more Eight, the owner of the Italian football club "Milan" - and that's not counting the investment company that controls the largest Italian private TV - as well as the fact that it is constantly observed in the arms women for decades his junior. If it is bad, we are not sure that we want to be good. See a list of sins, which includes the signing of laws aimed at slowing the trial against himself, mentioning Obama as "tanned", and the comparison of the German European Parliament member of the guard of the Nazi concentration camp, may be present in its place is not worth $ 9 billion .
5. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (12 billion dollars)
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, perhaps takes a surprisingly low position in our list. In 2009, "Forbes" estimated his fortune at $ 12 billion, but the ruler of Dubai, playground of billionaires apparently was even richer, and his condition exceeded $ 18 billion. But when the recession hit late 2000s, Sheikh lost a lot of money, and when the markets have fallen even had to ask for help to the nearby Abu Dhabi. Through the investment company "Dubai World", Al Maktoum has control over many corporations such as port operator "DP World Ltd" and the development company "Nakheel Properties", the latter of which helps to create the Dubai landscape, including the famous artificial archipelago "Palm Jumeirah" . His official website calls him "leader," "horse rider" and "Poet". We would add to this list "stunningly rich Sheikh".
4. bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Zayyad ($ 15 billion)
The President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi has received the status of an impressive combination of investments in property, inheritance, and oil. Due to the ill health of his father, he was forced to serve as president even before the official adoption of the position in 2004. It is widely raspiarili as a pro-Western modernizer the United States, but also described as "alienated and neharizmatichny" (according to the correspondence, published on Wikileaks website). See, the head of state is also the third richest monarch of the world, with a total state of more than $ 15 billion. Who needs charisma, if he has something like that?
3. Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud (18 billion dollars)
The current King of Saudi Arabia - not exactly the king of the list, speaking only at number three. However, with the impressive family fortune of $ 18 billion behind - built on an unprecedented oil reserves in the country - and he does not the poorest of his representative. Former commander of the National Guard of Saudi Arabia has always been a close relationship with the United States, causing frequent state visits of the presidents, and expressing support for George Bush Jr. in the second anniversary of September 11th. It seems that it is also a huge fan of the current American president, saying "Thank God for what he has brought Obama to power," according to private correspondence published by Wikileaks.
2. Hassan al Bolkayya (20 billion dollars)
The Sultan of Brunei stands second in this list with a personal fortune of $ 20 billion. With a wealth based on the vast reserves of oil and natural gas in his country, he has behind him a dynasty, which is considered perhaps the oldest of the existing on the planet. Absolute monarch uses its enormous wealth to provide its citizens a complete lack of income tax, free education and universal health care - making it a true national health service all rolled into one.
1. Bhumibol Adulyadesh ($ 30 billion)
With a fortune of $ 30 billion in 2009, King Bhumibol Adulyadesh - the richest head of state on the planet. Thailand's king is revered as polubozhestvo in their own country - where he is considered to be virtually "untouchable" and any criticism directed at him, can lead to long in prison. Personal fortune of King is impressive: he owns a large stake in several private companies - including "Sammakorn", "SCG", and "Thai Insurance PLC" - and has extensive tenure (although government officials stress that the latter is not taken into account when calculating his personal wealth). In 2008, "Forbes" estimated the Adulyadesha personal fortune of 35 billion dollars, but the fall in the market of real estate and shares dropped that number by $ 5 billion over the next year. Proof that the King returns a portion of the love that he receives from his people are his donations to various Thai development projects in various fields - from agriculture and public health to water and social security. You see, he not only takes.