Forbes publishes a list of the richest people in the world every year. According to the 2017 list, Bill Gates holds the first position for the 4th year in a row, followed by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and Warren Buffett, business magnate, investor, and the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
Yet there are some people, supposedly as rich or richer than these top 3, who never appeared on any lists of billionaires. We at Bright Side invite you to analyze the legends and speculations about their wealth and their path to it. Read this list to the end to find out about the richest leaders, families, philanthropists, and, finally, the richest man in history.
1. Vladimir Putin
He may not own 58 planes and 20 palaces as some sources report, but he does hold the first position on Forbes’s list of the world’s most powerful people. His rise to the top was not easy: born to a working-class family, he spent years working for Russian intelligence and security (KGB) and in local politics before becoming the country’s leader.
According to International Business Times, the net worth of this Russian leader has been widely speculated. Some even name him the richest man in the world with a net worth of $200 billion due to investments and shares in companies.