10 Insanely Rich Politicians

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With a net worth of $2.5 billion, former President Donald Trump is the richest person to have held the highest office in the United States. But there are several other billionaires in the U.S. and beyond who have dipped their toes into the political arena — some with more success than others — and boast net worths that are even higher.

Here’s a look at some of the most insanely rich politicians in recent history, as identified by Forbes.

Michael Bloomberg

  • Net worth: $94.5 billion

Michael Bloomberg’s wealth comes from Bloomberg LP, the financial information and media company he co-founded in 1981. Bloomberg served as mayor of New York City for 12 years and ran for president of the United States in 2020.

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Savitri Jindal

  • Net worth: $17.7 billion

India’s Savitri Jindal is the chair of Jindal Group, whose interests include steel, power, cement and infrastructure. She previously held the position of Member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly.

Suleiman Kerimov

  • Net worth: $10.5 billion

Russian native Suleiman Kerimov made his fortune investing in distressed assets, as well as a 37% stake in Polyus, Russia’s biggest gold producer. He has been a member of Russia’s Federation Council since 2008.

Andrei Guriev

  • Net worth: $9.7 billion

Russia-based Andrei Guriev and his family own almost 50% of PhosAgro, one of the world’s largest producers of phosphate-based fertilizers. He served as a member of the Russian Federation Council from 2001 to 2013.

Manuel Villar

  • Net worth: $8.9 billion

Manuel Villar of the Phillippines is a real estate mogul who has also held a number of political offices, including senator of the Philippines (2001-2013), speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives (1998-2000) and member of the Philippine House of Representatives (1992-2001).

He also ran for president of the Philippines in 2010 but lost in the general election.

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Andrei Skoch

  • Net worth: $7.9 billion

Russia’s Andrei Skoch earned his fortune through his metals and mining business. He has been a member of Russia’s legislative body, the State Duma, since 1999.

Magdalena Martullo-Blocher

  • Net worth: $7.4 billion

Switzerland’s Magdalena Martullo-Blocher owes her wealth to her stake in EMS-Chemie, a polymer and chemical manufacturing company. She took over the company in 2004 when her father, Christoph Blocher, left to take a seat on the Swiss federal council.

Martullo-Blocher entered politics herself in 2015 when she was elected to the Swiss parliament as a national councilor.

Terry Gou

  • Net worth: $7.3 billion

Terry Gou is the founder of Hon Hai Precision, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer. The company, which trades under the name Foxconn, counts Apple among its top customers.

Gou ran for president of Taiwan in 2019.

Jeff Greene

  • Net worth: $7.2 billion

Jeff Greene has built a real estate empire, beginning with renting out properties during his time as an MBA student at Harvard Business School. He has run for senator as well as governor of Florida but failed to win the primary each time.

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Silvio Berlusconi

  • Net worth: $7 billion

Self-made billionaire Silvio Berlusconi built his fortune through his media group Fininvest. His empire now includes stakes in media, publishing and banking firms.

Berlusconi is a three-time Italian prime minister and has also served in the European Parliament.

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All net worth data is sourced from Forbes and is accurate as of April 26, 2023.