Can you name the richest person in the world? Odds are you’ll name Bill Gates — or perhaps Jeff Bezos or Warren Buffett. You wouldn’t be wrong, according to traditional sources. The Forbes Billionaire List is the go-to for keeping track of the world’s richest people. But what if that list weren’t entirely accurate — meaning there are people out there with huge fortunes who don’t appear on it for one reason or another? Vladimir Putin is one example. And there are many others.
There are a few reasons for that. Some rich people simply want to fly under the radar. Money attracts attention, after all, and they’d rather live their lives in peace. Others have secret fortunes or huge amounts of money that have been earned in less-than-savory ways. Drug lords, for example, won’t show up on the Forbes list or most others. Neither will gangsters or dictators.