But the list is not entirely accurate and a lot of hidden billionaires with huge fortunes do not appear on the list.
In this article, we will enlist the top 10 richest people who have hidden their wealth.
1. The House Of Saud; Net Worth – $1.4 Trillion
The current ruling family of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia owns a staggering net worth of $1.4 trillion which makes them top the list of secret richest people in the world.
The royal family of the kingdom has built most of their wealth through oil and natural gas extraction it has also enabled the country to gain some political influence and authority on the international stage.
2. Rothschilds; Net Worth – $350 Billion to $2 Trillion
The Jewish family from Frankfurt gained a majority of their wealth from a banking business founded by Mayer Amschel Rothschild in the 1760s.
The family was granted the noble ranks in the Holy Roman Empire and the United Kingdom.
Although a few members of the family have made it to the ‘world’s richest lists, the combined worth of the family is estimated by some to be in trillions, but probably in the proximity of $500 billion.
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3. Vladimir Putin; Net Worth – $200 billion
Politicians around the world are ridiculously rich, but none of them even come close to Vladimir Putin’s worth which is estimated at around $ 200 billion.
Unofficially, the Russian president is way richer than some of the wealthiest people and is estimated to have twice as much money as Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Putin has been pilfering billions along some of his oligarchs from his country since he became the president in 1999.
4. Muammar Gaddafi; Net Worth – $200 Billion
The leader of Libya was one of the richest people in the world before being overthrown and killed. He governed Libya as the Chairman of the Libyan Arab Republic and of overthrown during the Arab Spring in 2011.
He had an unbelievable reported net worth of around $200 billion, which he made during his term as the leader of the country.
He hid his wealth in secret bank accounts, real estate, and corporate investments around the world.
5. Bashar al-Assad; Net worth – $122 Billion
If you are familiar with the ongoing crisis in Syria, you might have heard of Bashar al-Assad. He has been serving as the president of the country since July 2000.
He also holds the post of commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces and the Secretary-General of the Central Command of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party.
He is one of the dictators who have used his country for personal gain. Some officials estimate his net worth at around $1.5-$2 billion but others suspect his wealth may add up to $122 billion.
Most of the people who are secret billionaires have had some political relations. These people hide their wealth so as they could avoid attention and questions that follow the money.