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Ever wondered just how rich the richest world leaders really are? To put it in perspective, President Obama may be worth several million dollars, but he does not even come close to some of his contemporaries.

Based on available data, HuffPost World has compiled a list of some of the richest world leaders currently in power. The roster includes a mixture of kings, presidents, sultans and queens. Most are male (as the world's political leaders tend to be, too). They skew to the Middle East, and their wealth generally comes from family connections, profitable investments and in some cases, corrupt rule. Unsurprisingly, many of their countries' citizens lead much, much humbler lives.

For comparison, each country's GDP per capita is juxtaposed with a leader's personal net worth, just to show how different life is for the haves and have-nots.

Meet some of the world's richest world leaders:

1. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia


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Putin is believed to be worth between $40 and $70 billion, Bloomberg notes.

GDP per capita: $14,000

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to hand over the diplomatic credentials at the Kremlin in Moscow, on October 23, 2013. (MAXIM SHEMETOV/AFP/Getty Images)


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2.Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand


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Forbes estimates the king's net wealth exceeds $30 billion.

GDP per capita: $4,400

In this Dec. 5, 2011 file photo, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is pushed on a wheel-chair while leaving Siriraj hospital to the Grand Palace for a ceremony celebrating his birthday in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

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3.Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei


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The Sultan of Brunei is worth an estimated $20 billion, according to Forbes.

GDP per capita: $41,000

H.M. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam arrives at the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum at ExCel on October 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images for 9th World Islamic Economic Forum)

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4. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, King of Saudi Arabia


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Forbes notes that the Saudi king owns an estimated $18 billion.

GDP per capita: $21,000

In this March 24, 2009 file photo, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia waves to members of the Saudi Shura Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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5. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi


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Forbes reports that al-Nahyan is worth an estimated $15 billion.

GDP per capita: $40,000

Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan leaves 10 Downing Street in Central London on May 1, 2013 following a meeting with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. (ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

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6. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, PM and VP of the UAE and ruler of Dubai


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The emir of Dubai's fortune is believed to exceed $4 billion, Forbes writes.

GDP per capita: $16,000

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, arrives to attend the 10 million-dollar Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, at the Meydan race track in the Gulf emirate on March 30, 2013.(MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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7. Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechstenstein


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Forbes estimates the prince's fortune at $5 billion.

GDP per capita: $135,000

Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein attends the wedding ceremony of Prince Guillaume Of Luxembourg and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg at the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg on October 20, 2012 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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