Billionaires
Royals & Rulers
03.15.04

Kings, Queens and Heads of State

Fidel Castro, Yasir Arafat, the Queen of England. None of these world leaders are exemplars of capitalism, although their fortunes span decades or even centuries. (Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra transferred his holdings in telecommunications to family members before taking office.) Valuing the treasure can get tricky: Buckingham Palace belongs not so much to Queen Elizabeth II as to the British nation. Some estimates are fuzzier than others. We may never know the extent of the Prince of Liechtenstein's estate, which dates back some 800 years.

Name Title/Country Age Net worth
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Alsaud Crown Prince & King/Saudi Arabia 81 $25 billion
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan & family President/United Arab Emirates 86 20 billion
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Sultan/Brunei 57 14.3 billion
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum & bros. Crown Prince/Dubai 54 10 billion
Hans Adam II Prince/Liechtenstein 59 2.2 billion
Thaksin Shinawatra & family Prime Minister/Thailand 54 1.4 billion
Queen Elizabeth II Queen/U.K. 77 660 million
Queen Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard Queen/Netherlands 66 260 million
Yasir Arafat President/Palestinian Authority 74 200 million
Fidel Castro President/Cuba 77 150 million


G7 Leaders

This year FORBES estimates the net worths of the heads of the world's seven leading democratic nations. It's a diverse group, from media billionaire (Italy's Silvio Berlusconi) to career politician (Junichiro Koizumi of Japan). In most instances, assets were publicly disclosed. We included only salaries for their tenures in high office, assuming standard deductions for income taxes and cost of living. State-provided perks were excluded. Example: George Bush was credited only for his Texas ranch, though he primarily resides in the White House. Future earnings from books and lectures also were excluded--a tough break for U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, often compared with Bill Clinton, who now commands an estimated $150,000 per speech.

Name Title/Country Age Net worth Notes
Silvio Berlusconi Prime Minister/Italy 67 $10 billion Owns stake in Italian TV network Mediaset, publishing and banking interests.
Paul Martin Prime Minister/Canada 65 225 million Includes value of Canada Steamship Lines, transferred to sons before he took office.
George W. Bush President/United States 57 15 million Assets include 1,600-acre Crawford, Tex. ranch, U.S. stocks and Treasury bills.
Jacques Chirac President/France 71 9 million With wife, portfolio of luxury properties; denies allegations of corruption as Paris mayor.
Tony Blair Prime Minister/United Kingdom 50 3 million Oxford law grad turned career politician; wife is barrister with tony London law firm.
Junichiro Koizumi Prime Minister/Japan 62 2 million Third-generation politician with a small real estate portfolio.
Gerhard Schröder Chancellor/Germany 59 1 million Former sales apprentice earned law degree before becoming a politician.
 




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