World's Ten Most Corrupt Leaders
A snapshot of global corruption
Transparency International is an organization that tracks and reports on global instances of corruption in politics, education, and other sectors. In 2004, they reported on (as of then) the rankings of the world's most corrupt leaders1, by order of funds embezzled. They have not updated this list since 2004, with most of their reports focusing on whole countries rather than individual leaders. They do regularly update the list of the world's most corrupt countries.
As of 2021, many of the leaders on the list have gone to court for corruption charges, human rights abuses, and other legal issues arising from their abuse of power. Slobodan Milosevic famously died in the midst of his trial for war crimes during the Yugoslav Wars of the late 1990s.
|1. Mohamed Suharto||President of Indonesia (1967–1998)||$15–35 billion|
|2. Ferdinand Marcos||President of the Philippines (1972–1986)||5–10 billion|
|3. Mobutu Sese Seko||President of Zaire (1965–1997)||5 billion|
|4. Sani Abacha||President of Nigeria (1993–1998)||2–5 billion|
|5. Slobodan Milosevic||President of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1989–2000)||1 billion|
|6. Jean-Claude Duvalier||President of Haiti (1971–1986)||300–800 million|
|7. Alberto Fujimori||President of Peru (1990–2000)||600 million|
|8. Pavlo Lazarenko||Prime Minister of Ukraine (1996–1997)||114–200 million|
|9. Arnoldo Alemán||President of Nicaragua (1997–2002)||100 million|
|10. Joseph Estrada||President of the Philippines (1998–2001)||78–80 million|
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