posted on Aug, 12 2014 @ 05:29 AM
This is a question that has been on my mind for quite some time now.
Most people know, or think that politicians are out of touch with the average person.
How much is a loaf of bread, how much is a litre of milk, your average politician would have no idea without asking an aide to quickly come up with an
So why do people in all Countries around the world persist on voting these people into office...time and time again....ignorance or just a lack of
someone else to vote for.
These politicians seek election wins for what reason, money, they have plenty of that. Power, they have plenty of that also.
Satisfy their egos, possibly. Or is it that we the dumbass masses have no idea how to think for ourselves, we need them...
Here are a few examples of past and present rich politicians.
Add names to the list, there are plenty of them.
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is clearly the richest politician in the world, with a fortune estimated by Forbes to be $19.9 billion. The former
Wall Street trader founded the financial market information services firm now known as Bloomberg in 1981 and went on to build a global empire.
Bloomberg controversially switched his political allegiance from Democrat to Republican in 2001 and become mayor in the same year. He is now serving
his third term in the job – a feat he only managed after changing the rules which previously prevented mayors from serving three terms.
Former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull, whose fortune is estimated at $186 million by BRW, is the most prominent wealthy-businessman-turned-politician
in Australia. Turnbull, a former lawyer and investment banker, is something of a serial entrepreneur, although as leader he was regularly attacked as
being too close to business.
South American entrepreneur Sebastian Pinera was elected president of Chile in January, and has been forced to deal with the prickly issue of being
worth about $2.5 billion in what remains a developing country. Since becoming president-elect, Pinera has sold a number of his investments (including
a big stake in Chile's main airline) and put a reported $US400 million in a blind trust
French industrialist Serge Dassault, who is worth about $8 billion, is the chairman of media and software company Groupe Dassault and the owner of
French daily newspaper, Le Figaro. He has also had a long career as a conservative politician, serving as a French senator since 2004 and also as the
mayor of the city of Corbeil-Essonnes, a southern suburb of Paris. However, he was stripped of this latter role last year after it was found he had
made "gifts of money" to voters as part of the re-election campaign.
If Bloomberg is the richest billionaire politician in the world, then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is probably the most powerful.
Berlusconi's wealth, estimate at about $10 billion, stems from his interest in the media sector, while he also owns interests in everything from
advertising agencies and sporting teams to insurance firms and movie production houses.