Sonia Gandhi 12th richest leader in world: Huffington Post

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Sonia Gandhi world's 12th richest leader
New Delhi, Dec 2: Congress president Sonia Gandhi, whose nomination papers show that she owns neither a car or a home in India, is the 12th richest political leader in the world, said a report in Huffington Post World.

[Read: Huffington Post removes Sonia Gandhi's name]

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, tops the list with riches worth USD 40 million, followed by Bhumibol Adulyadej, the king of Thailand, and Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei.

Huffington Post World claims Sonia Gandhi has USD 2 billion wealth

The Indian Congress leader is followed by Albert II, the Prince of Monaco, who is worth USD 1 billion. Qaboos bin Said, the Sultan of Oman, and Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the president of Equatorial Guinea, are next on the list.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is 16th on the list with riches worth USD 550 million. And Elizabeth II, the Queen of England, ranks 18th in the list with riches worth USD 400 million to USD 500 million.

Gandhi, while filing her nomination for the Lok Sabha election in 2009, had declared that she owns neither a car nor a house in India. However, she had mentioned owning an ancestral home in Italy valued at Rs 18.02 lakhs.

Sonia Gandhi's assets, according to the affidavit, totalled Rs 1.38 crore, nearly Rs 1 crore less than what her son Rahul Gandhi reportedly had.

Sonia Gandhi's affidavit says that she had Rs 75,000 in cash and Rs 28.61 lakh in bank deposits. In addition, she had mutual funds worth about Rs 20 lakh and Rs12 lakh in Reserve Bank of India bonds. A sum of Rs 199,000 was deposited in post offices and Rs 24.88 lakh with the Public Provident Fund.

Sonia Gandhi's jewellery, weighing about 2.5 kg, was valued at Rs 11 lakh while 88 kg of silver possessed by her was stated to be worth about Rs 18 lakh.

She owns two plots of agricultural land totalling up to about 15 bighas and valued at Rs 219,000. Their location is not mentioned in the affidavit.

Sonia Gandhi paid Rs 558,000 in income tax for the assessment year 2008-09 and Rs 32,512 in wealth tax.

However, the report in Huffington Post World claims Sonia Gandhi has USD 2 billion wealth.

The report does not mention how it arrived at the conclusion of .

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, says the website.

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(With Agency inputs)

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