Sixteen years after he was first elected, 63-year-old Vladimir
Putinâ€™s may just be secretly the
worldâ€™s richest man..
In April, Putin declared 2014 income of 7.65 million roubles ($119,000). He listed the ownership of two modest apartments and a share in a car parking garage. .BBC spoke to a number of former Kremlin insiders. From theirÂ exiles around the world, they allege he is indeed the richest.
Sergei Kolesnikov told the programmeÂ he worked for
the Kremlin to collect money from the super-rich, which they
believed was to be spent on healthcare, but which was ultimately
used â€œto help build a $1 billion palace for Mr
Putin on the Black Sea coastâ€.
Mr Kolesnikov was also allegedly filmed discussing Mr Putinâ€™s secret fortune â€“ investments of up to $440 million â€“ with another Kremlin insider.
|Alleged $1billion palace|
Sergei Pugachev, an exiled oligarch who says he helped Mr Putin become president, told the BBC he was
â€œpreoccupied with wealth from the startâ€. He said he visited one of the presidential palaces with Mr Putin during his first term. â€œWe talked about it, he didnâ€™t hide it, he knew he wanted to leave office a wealthy man,â€ he said.
|He got a $35m yacht,which is said to be a gift from Chelsea boss,Abrahamovich|
He declined to comment on a 2007 CIA report estimatingÂ Putinâ€™s wealth at $40 billion, but he said the Russian leaderâ€™s stated wealth is an underestimation.
â€œHe supposedly draws a state salary of something like $110,000 a year,â€ Szubin said. â€œThat is not an accurate statement of the manâ€™s wealth, and he has longtime training and practices in terms of how to mask his actual wealth.â€
Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky told the BBC he had information from â€œconfidential sourcesâ€ to also put Mr Putinâ€™s wealth at â€œ$40bn in assetsâ€. He said:
Â â€œIâ€™m still sure Putin is the richest man in Europe, one of the richest men in the world.â€
Putin and his cronies dismiss all claims of his reported wealth
and corruption as â€œpure
The line from Putin himself is:
â€œI am the wealthiest man not just in Europe but in the world. I collect emotions. I am wealthy in that the Russian people have twice entrusted me with leadership of a great nation.â€
Unofficial sources have put his net-worth in 2015 in the range
of $100 Billion making him the richest man in the world at this
Vladimir Putinâ€™s Net Worth is the highest among his peers making himÂ the richest president in the world and also the richest politician of them all.
Â SOURCE: BBC