8 Awesome Facts About The Richest Leader Of The World – Vladimir Putin
8 Awesome Facts About The Richest Leader Of The World – Vladimir Putin  
By Hazel

Vladimir Putin is quite easily one of the most powerful leaders in the world, at times even more powerful than the American president. Since 1999, when he took over from Boris Yeltsin, he has constantly been active on the world stage either as the President of Russian Federation or as the Prime Minister of Russia and now he is back to being President again. Though there have been numerous reports of rampant dictatorship like governance by him in Russia, especially the invasion of Crimea, Putin is majorly seen as a mysterious figure thanks to his background and his leadership.

His love for aircrafts
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Not many know that Vladimir Putin is a licensed pilot and once co-piloted a plane in order to put out a forest wildfire. It is rumoured that he owns 15 helicopters in his personal fleet and a total of more than 58 planes that he uses frequently. The most impressive aircraft is the IlyusinII-96 model aircraft.

Martial Artist Lover
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As he grew up, he took a prime interest in martial arts, especially Judo and earned his black belt in Judo when he was 18. He still keenly practices the art regularly and is also trained in the Russian martial art Sambo.

He is pretty frank
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Putin is always known to express his opinions quite frankly.He has been pretty aggressive on matters such as Edward Snowden and Syria.When he was once critically questioned about his country's ways of dealing with terrorism.Putin retorted, Russia doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. It destroys them”.

Worked for intelligence agency
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He began his career as an agent for the feared Russia intelligence agency KGB and continued to work as a recruiter in East Germany from 1975-1991. He destroyed all the KGB files in the headquarters in Dresden as the Berlin Wall was falling in 1989 and mob was trying to enter the premises. He left the agency in 1991 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Family is important
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Putin lived in an apartment which was shared by 3 families and he fondly remembers hunting down rats in the corridors of the building. Putin’s paternal grandfather Spiridon Ivanovich Putin served as a cook for former Bolshevik premier Vladimir Lenin at his country house Gorki. He even cooked for Joseph Stalin when Stalin used to stay in Moscow.

Helped in saving a TV crew
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In 2008, Putin helped in saving a TV crew in the chaos of Ussuri nature reserve, which was filming the Siberian tigers present in the area. One of the tigresses from the pack allegedly attacked the crew accompanying him and Putin shot it with a tranquilizer dart. Putin later admitted that the whole incident was staged in order to bring the plight of the Siberian Tigers to the world.

His daughter's life
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Not many people might be aware that Putin has two daughters Mariya Putina and Tekaterina Putina, born in Dresden in the mid 1980s. Both have never been photographed and their existence has been a mystery to even the Russian media. Both get educated under assumed names and live in secret places and Putin has never spoken about them in any manner – formal or informal.

Personal Wealth
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Reports have estimated that Vladimir Putin has a personal worth of more than 46 billion pounds. Though the official number is not known, Putin is known to have stakes in most of the big Russian companies and is known to own a large number of luxurious items like mansions. The largest of his mansions is named as the Putin Palace and is built near the Black Sea village of Praskoveevka. It is estimated to cost near about 750 million pounds and is one of the 20 villas that the Russian President allegedly owns in Russia alone.