Who is actually the real richest man in the world?

Bill Gates supposedly has long way to go to catch the real richest man in the world

Bill Gates supposedly has long way to go to catch the real richest man in the world

John Oliver takes a dive into Putins finances


Coming in at around $86 billion, Bill Gates has ridden his Microsoft MSFT, -0.20%fortune straight to the top of the Forbes list of the worlds richest men. Then again, the business magazine doesnt take into account the world leaders and dictators who derive their fortunes entirely as a result of their position of power.real richest man in the world

If it did, thered likely be a new top dog, according to reports that revisited the idea that Vladimir Putins net worth, virtually impossible to measure, tops $200 billion.

International Business Times triggered the latest round of speculation when it resurfaced various guesses as to the degree of Putins riches. One source said its only about $40 billion, while another put it up near $70 billion.

Then theres Bill Browder, a former fund manager in Russia.

I believe that [Putin is worth] $200 billion, he once told CNN. After 14 years in power of Russia, and the amount of money that the country has made, and the amount of money that hasnt been spent on schools and roads and hospitals and so on, all that money is in property, bank, Swiss bank accounts, shares, hedge funds, managed for Putin and his cronies.

John Oliver fueled the buzzy topic when he spent the bulk of his Last Week Tonight show on HBO this weekend dancing around the Putin topic. Oliver mentioned estimates pegging his wealth at $85 billion, which would put him in a virtual tie with Gates atop the list.

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Although he strenuously denies it, nothing about his finances adds up, Oliver said before launching into a list of extravagances that clearly arent possible on Putins reported $100,000 salary. For instance, previous reports have suggested that Putin owns 58 planes and helicopters to go along with his 20 palaces and country retreats, including a billion-dollar home on the Black Sea.

Watch the entire Oliver segment: