The Richest Person in the World Could Have Been …Muammar Gaddafi?
Everyone knew late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was rich—he had a gun made of gold! But he might have been even richer than anyone thought—like, net-worth-of-$200-billion rich, making him the richest person on the planet.
“Senior Libyan officials” tell the Los Angeles Times that between investments, real estate, and bank accounts, Gaddafi had about $200 billion in assets, more than twice as much as most people thought and some $125 billion more than Mexican businessman Carlos Slim, whom Forbes estimates to be the world’s wealthiest person.
Investigators had found about $67 billion Europe and America, and expected that he had “perhaps another $30 billion elsewhere in the world”; as it turns out (assuming the new estimates are correct) he was sending “tens of billions more abroad over the years,” and was apparently a decent investor.