3. Bidzina Ivanishvili – $4.5 billion
Bidzina Ivanishvili has the face of a happy man.
Being Georgia’s richest person might not seem much, but the impressive $4.5 billion come to the aid. Bidzina Ivanishvili made most of its fortune in Russia and brought it all home with him in 2003. Sounds patriotic, right?
Following the example set by many Russian oligarchs, Ivanishvili got involved in politics and even served as the country’s Prime Minister for a one-year term. Despite stepping down from active public life, some claim Ivanishvili continues to be the man behind the curtain.
The political party he founded, Georgian Dream, is now part of a coalition that controls 115 seats out of 150 in the parliament. Given that the country’s 2016 GDP was $14.5 billion, you could say that Ivanishvili practically owns a quarter of Georgia.
The mogul is not stingy when it comes to ensuring his comfort. Ivanishvili resides in a glass and steel futuristic castle built in the hills outside Tbilisi, which is evaluated at $50 million.
A fortune of billions is enough to guarantee your voice is heard loud and clear.