The world has seen several dictators through its history who have ruled their countries with unrestricted power and law. With no fear and no laws to restrict their activities, some of these dictators simply looted the masses, filling their own bank accounts while some others managed to focus on making their country stronger and more powerful than earlier. Here are some of the history’s most notorious and richest dictators who ruled their country like they were God.
The renowned Libyan leader who was gunned down in 2011, had secretly stuffed almost $200 billion in bank accounts of different countries as his personal family assets. In March 2011, when all accounts were frozen, USA seized $30 billion of Gaddafi’s assets, Canada seized another $2.4 Billion, while Austria and UK seized $1.7 and $1 Billion respectively from his accounts. Overall, the dictator who converted Libya into a socialist country owned assets, properties and investments worth $200 Billion making him one of the richest dictators in history.
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is a learned man who enriched himself along with his few followers. Assad who was earlier an ophthalmology student had collected almost $1.5 billion worth of assets for his family and also for his close associates. However, he also holds a varied amount of assets in Hong Kong, Russia and other countries which add to his worth.
Hosni Mubarak was the acting military head of Egypt for more than 30 years, a span that was enough for him to amass public wealth. The old dictator is believed to have amassed almost $70 Billion worth of assets during his 30 years of leadership, while the common people struggled to meet with their basic daily needs. Mubarak and his family controlled and took cuts from all projects, ensuring them a wealthier lifestyle for a long long time. Once, a prosec/utor alleged the dictator to have acquired public funds worth $700 billion.
ALI ABDULLAH SALEH
The former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh governed the country for a long 30 years. The dictator however, surrendered his own powers and left his leadership on his own terms. He once mentioned that he had personal wealth worth ranging between $30 and $60 billion which he obviously acquired during his dictatorship days.
ZINE AL ABIDINE BEN ALI
A small but a relatively rich country, Tunisia was ruled by its president Zine al Abidine Ben Ali for 45 years during which he amassed the ocuntry’s rich resources and a wealth worth $17 billion. However, the president was later sent to prison followed by the Jasmine revolution while his wife left the county with gold bars valuing more than $37 million.
Former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe turned the beautiful country into his personal playground by killing his rivals and looting the country’s rich resources. Mugabe owns assets worth $1 billion and owns 6 rich palatial homes throughout the country along with several farms.