The Forbes Magazine published the rating of the richest heads of states.
King of Saudi Arabia Fahd is on the top of the list – his private capitals are $25 billion. The second is President of United Arabic Emirates sheikh Zaied al-Nahyan - $20 billion. Sultan of Brunei Hadzhi Bolkiakh earlier was considered the richest country leader, but this time he is only on the third position with the capital of $14.3 billion.
The next positions: head of Dubai Emirate sheikh Mohammed al-Mahtum and his brothers - $10 billion, Prince of Lichtenstein Hans Adam II - $2.2 billion, Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinavatra with his family – $1.4 billion.
European royal houses possess smaller capitals: Queen of Great Britain Elizabeth II has $660 million (7th position) and Queen of the Netherlands Beatrix has $260 million (8th position).
Surprisingly, Palestinian and Cuban leaders are 9th and 10th on the list. Yasser Arafat has $200 million, and Fidel Castro - $150 million.
Special list was composed for the leaders of G-8 countries. The richest of them is Silvio Berlusconi ($10 billion). He owns Italian TV company Mediaset and big holdings of shares in publishing and banking business.
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, previously – ship-owner, is also doing well. Before assuming the office he granted his Canada Steamship Lines company to his sons. The capitals of Canadian Prime Minister are estimated as $25 million.
President Bush’s capitals were estimated as $15 million. This includes the cost of his ranch in Texas and his holding of shares. French President Jacques Chirac and his wife own luxury real estate costing $9 million.
Professional politicians are the “poorest”. British Prime Minister Tony Blair could save $3 million, his Japanese counterpart Junichiro Koizumi has $2 million. Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Shredder has only $1 million.
Source: Portal of Social-Democratic Policy
Since the likes of the traditional Inauguration Day in the national Capitol are likely never to be witnessed again, take this opportunity from one who has been there to relate some truth about the experience