Here are a few dictators who defy through opulence, their unimaginable wealth and luxury that others can only dream of a lifetime.
President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has a fortune estimated at over $10 million, as a result of the military contracts and mining concessions. He and his wife have six properties in Zimbabwe. Mugabe owns several farms that he forcefully obtained through the land reform meant to ruin white farmers. In the last six months, Mugabe and his wife have spent over 14 million euro on luxury travel.
He holds the position of President of Uzbekistan for over 20 years. Islam has made out of his statute a family business. He was accused of taking advantage of the country’s money – his daughters have dispersed money in different countries in case they would have been forced to leave the country. President’s youngest daughter has recently bought a residence of over 42 million euro in Beverly Hills.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
He is the president of Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa, and has a fortune estimated at over 435 million. It is suspected that he made money from the national oil production and that he would have taken over the national treasury in order to avoid the corrupt elected officials. His fortune includes a series of luxury cars – Bugatti, Maserati, Bentley, etc., several expensive housing, a six-storey building in Paris and many other things. His son follows his eccentricities and he likes extremely expensive clothes and huge dwellings in the vicinity of the celebrities from overseas.
Denis Sassou Nguesso
President of Congo, Denis is another African president who made his fortune from the national oil production. He and his family love expensive vacations and travel a lot. It is known that Denis spent almost 300,000 euro on hotel accommodation in New York. The wardrobe of his family is made at the best known international fashion houses.
Ali Bongo Ondimba
The president of Gabon got rich by resorting to embezzlement or other similar ways. His fortune is heading rapidly towards 1 billion euro. He adores Paris, reason why he bought a huge house with a tennis court, a swimming pool, parking lots, pool, 14 rooms and many other amenities for the amount of over 100 million euro.
The president of Syria found an easy way to get the money for an easy life. He holds 60-70% of the assets of Syria. His family holds the power for more than 40 years. The first lady of Syria, Asma al-Assad, is a loyal customer of the international fashion houses, and she doesn’t seem to be affected by the problems of her country. Al-Assad also holds assets of more than 1 million euro in properties held in Russia and Hong Kong.
Gaddafi of Libya has benefited from the country’s oil reserves for more than four decades, to give his family a dream life. He and his family live in Regatta, a mini town on the beaches of Tripoli. The family villa is a money mine – Burberry furniture, Pierre Cardin, gold accessories, collections of weapons, jewelry and the list goes on. Gaddafi keeps his money in accounts in the safest banks in the world.
According to GlobalPost, the Egyptian Mubarak could have been the richest man in the world with a fortune estimated at 50 billion euro. It is said that the money would come from military contracts, legal business activities. He has money in bank accounts around the world and just as many properties in Paris and Beverly Hills and two yachts.
The North Korean leader Kim Jong-II was a passionate of fine and precious things. He liked eating shark soup and drinking royal wines from his own wine cellar, where he had stored more than 10,000 bottles. At his death, in 2011, his wealth and power were passed to his son, Kim Jong-un, who now lives like a Hollywood star.
Saddam Hussein, dictator of Iraq, loved his palaces. He built a palace in every city to remind people how powerful he is. There are currently over 70 extravagant palaces in Iraq. His yacht, of over 80 meters in length, was put up for sale for the amount of over 25 million euro. Saddam had a fortune estimated at 2.5 billion euro.