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10 Most Evil Villains In History That Lived Like Kings!!

For every hero, there is always a villain. Think back to any movie you have ever seen, can you name one that didn’t include the struggle between good and evil, a hero and a villain? The worst villains of all-time are usually not found on the silver screen, but are unfortunately found in real life.

While villains are rarer these days (thank goodness), it wasn’t too long ago that evil dictators were common around the world. Some came in the form of billionaires who horded their wealth while their citizens struggled with poverty and hunger. Others were purely evil and attempted to gain fame through horrible acts of violence.

Here are the 10 most evil villains in history that lived like kings. In no particular order of evil, we begin our list with a psychotic murderer.

#10 – H. H. Holmes (Net Worth: $5 Million)

H.-H.-Holmes-ImageH.H. Holmes is the only villain on this list that was not a dictator. Serial killing is an act that is thousands of years old, but Holmes was the first person to be documented in committing the crime. Holmes had a rough upbringing as his father was abusive. He grew up into a hardworking man who earned a lot of money. Holmes owned several stores, as well as a hotel where most of his victims met their fate.

Holmes was perceived as an upper echelon type, since he was a millionaire living a lavish lifestyle. What people didn’t know was that behind the scenes, Holmes was a psychotic murderer who eventually confessed to 27 killings. Of course, 27 is a low estimate as many people believe that Holmes was responsible for anywhere up to 200 murders.

#9 – Josef Stalin (Net Worth: $75 Million)

Josef-Stalin-ImageJosef Stalin ruled Russia from 1922 to 1952 with the official title as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Stalin rose to power as a member of the Bolshevik Revolution and eliminated anyone who got in his way or threatened his ability and power.

At the time, there was little controversy over Stalin’s rule as the majority of Russia kept their opinions to themselves. However, it was later revealed that millions of people died because of Stalin. He bought himself whatever luxury items he desired at the expense of his people. Stalin even said, “Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited…” He was certainly perpetuating the truth in that quote by living off of the country’s small amount of money.

#8 – Adolf Hitler (Net Worth: $800 Million)

Adolf-Hitler-ImageJust to reiterate, this list is in no particular order of evil. Adolf Hitler is widely considered to be the most evil person to have ever lived. Hitler was the ruler of Germany from 1934 to April of 1945. He supposedly committed suicide when Allied Soldiers were closing in on his bunker during World War II. Millions died under Hitler’s masterminded plan known as the Third Reich. The German government’s hateful policies at the time have made Hitler one of the most hated people in history.

Before he became the ruler of Germany, Hitler wrote a book called “Mein Kampf”. It earned him a lot of notoriety and money, which allowed him to buy mansions and luxury cars. The money kept pouring in when the book became required reading material for the German people. Hitler also had a big art collection, but the pieces were taken back during World War II.

#7 – Mao Zedong (Net Worth: $1 Billion)

Mao-Zedong-ImageMao Zedong, or Mao Tse-tung, whatever you want to call him, was the Chinese Chairman of the Communist Party. Zedong had an extremely skewed view of how things should get done in his country. While in college, Zedong became a Marxist communist and founded the Communist Party of China where he remained in power from the end of World War II until 1976. During Zedong’s rule, China turned into a world power, but there was some collateral damage.

Zedong was largely responsible for the starvation and working deaths of up to 70 million Chinese citizens. Zedong, however, wasn’t starving at all, with a net worth believed to be around $700 million. For a Communist, this is quite a discrepancy between the Chairman and his people. The palace where he lived, Tiananmen Square, was famously protested against years after his death as the people’s way of declaring that they wanted Democracy.

#6 – Bashar al-Assad (Net Worth: $1.5 Billion)

Bashar-al-Assad-ImageBashar al-Assad is the current President of Syria and has held the position since 2000 when he replaced his father, Hafez al-Assad. The al-Assad family has been in power in Syria for more than 40 years. Currently, it is estimated that Bashar is worth $1.5 billion. In stark contrast to the billionaire president, the people of Syria are making an average of $2,000 per capita.

Syria has been at the forefront of a lot of controversy as of late, and Bashar has been a large part of it. While Syrians are struggling to make ends meet, Bashar has been living the high life thanks to some creative accounting with countries such as Russia and Sweden. What started out smoothly for Bashar has turned into a reign of civil war and corruption that seems to have no end.

#5 – Saddam Hussein (Net Worth: $2 Billion)

Saddam-Hussein-ImageThere was a time when Saddam Hussein was considered to be a decent man who was helping Iraq develop into a prosperous nation. However, those thoughts quickly went out the window when Hussein revealed his true nature. Hussein served as the fifth President of Iraq. He held office from 1979 to 2003, until he was tried and found guilty for crimes against humanity. Hussein was hanged in private quarters, but video footage of his execution quickly leaked out to the public.

By the time he was ousted from power in 2003, Hussein had a net worth of $2 billion. Hussein’s lavish expenses were tied to palaces he called home across Iraq. He creatively worked the numbers to have other countries believe that the Iraqi citizens were fine and didn’t need any international support. However, when the true numbers were revealed in comparison to Hussein’s calculations, the GDP per capita sunk to about $2,000.

#4 – Kim Jong II (Net Worth: $5 Billion)

Kim-Jong-Il-ImageKim Jong II was the Supreme Leader of North Korea from 1994 until his death in 2011. Kim Jong II didn’t do much for the people of his country, just like the current Supreme Leader and his son, Kim Jong-un. While widespread famine spread across most of North Korea, Kim Jong II tried to cover it up. He put on a facade that North Korea was a prosperous country, which most everyone knew was an outright lie. Kim lived the life of a king while his people suffered.

Kim was known to spend a lot of money on himself, and eventually, the United Nations found out just how much. It turns out that Kim spent $300 million per year on luxury items alone. Some of the oddest write offs in the Kim Jong II ledgers were caviar from Uzbekistan and pork flown in from Denmark. There was also case after case of Cognac shipped to Kim while North Koreans struggled to make their own rice beer.

#3 – Leopold II (Net Worth: $60 Billion)

Leopold-II-ImageLeopold II of Belgium lived like a king, and was in fact a King. Leopold II was the second King of the Belgians, and held the position for 44 years to the exact day. Back then, if a leader held the same position for decades, it didn’t necessarily mean that they were good at their job— there just wasn’t much anyone could do about it. Leopold II was not only a villain to his own people, but to the inhabitants of Congo as well.

Leopold II ordered that Congo be set free to improve the lives of people in the African nation. However, corruption quickly overtook the land at the hands of Leopold, and his mercenary forces made him a ton of money. At the expense of those who were already very poor, Leopold II made himself very rich so that he could continue living his lavish lifestyle.

#2 – Muammar Gaddafi (Net Worth: $200 Billion)

Muammar-Gaddafi-ImageMuammar Gaddafi was once a revolutionary in his country of Libya, and later became a politician who rose to the highest of powers as the Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution of Libya. Gaddafi served in this position from 1969 until his death in 2011 during the Libyan Civil War. While some parts of the world appreciated Gaddafi as an anti-imperialist, most frowned upon his violation of the human rights of his own citizens (which were widely considered acts of terrorism.)

While Gaddafi was still alive, people knew that he had a lot of money, but no one knew just how much. It turns out that Gaddafi was one of the richest people of all time with over $200 billion in assets. Gaddafi kept a lot of secrets about his wealth, and had massive bank accounts in Dubai, as well as properties in London and Italy. Gaddafi sat in beautiful palaces while his citizens struggled to survive.

#1 – Nicholas II (Net Worth: $300 Billion)

Nicholas-II-ImageRussia had a long history with Czars, but Czar Rule came to an end with Nicholas II. His reign began in 1894 and ended in 1917. While the rest of Russia wanted to progress, Nicholas II preferred the antiquated-style of ruling because it better suited his lifestyle. Nicholas II would often spend his time going to parties with some of the other elitists in the country, leaving his people to care for themselves.

Nicholas II was not a good leader and didn’t even want to lead people in the first place. He simply liked the benefits and luxuries that came in being a Czar, even if it was at the expense of keeping millions of people in poverty and despair. Nicholas II was so bad that the Russian Revolution led to his abdication, forcing him into exile. Needless to say, few people felt bad for the evil king.

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#9 – Josef Stalin (Net Worth: $75 Million)

Josef-Stalin-ImageJosef Stalin ruled Russia from 1922 to 1952 with the official title as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Stalin rose to power as a member of the Bolshevik Revolution and eliminated anyone who got in his way or threatened his ability and power.

At the time, there was little controversy over Stalin’s rule as the majority of Russia kept their opinions to themselves. However, it was later revealed that millions of people died because of Stalin. He bought himself whatever luxury items he desired at the expense of his people. Stalin even said, “Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited…” He was certainly perpetuating the truth in that quote by living off of the country’s small amount of money.

#8 – Adolf Hitler (Net Worth: $800 Million)

Adolf-Hitler-ImageJust to reiterate, this list is in no particular order of evil. Adolf Hitler is widely considered to be the most evil person to have ever lived. Hitler was the ruler of Germany from 1934 to April of 1945. He supposedly committed suicide when Allied Soldiers were closing in on his bunker during World War II. Millions died under Hitler’s masterminded plan known as the Third Reich. The German government’s hateful policies at the time have made Hitler one of the most hated people in history.

Before he became the ruler of Germany, Hitler wrote a book called “Mein Kampf”. It earned him a lot of notoriety and money, which allowed him to buy mansions and luxury cars. The money kept pouring in when the book became required reading material for the German people. Hitler also had a big art collection, but the pieces were taken back during World War II.

#7 – Mao Zedong (Net Worth: $1 Billion)

Mao-Zedong-ImageMao Zedong, or Mao Tse-tung, whatever you want to call him, was the Chinese Chairman of the Communist Party. Zedong had an extremely skewed view of how things should get done in his country. While in college, Zedong became a Marxist communist and founded the Communist Party of China where he remained in power from the end of World War II until 1976. During Zedong’s rule, China turned into a world power, but there was some collateral damage.

Zedong was largely responsible for the starvation and working deaths of up to 70 million Chinese citizens. Zedong, however, wasn’t starving at all, with a net worth believed to be around $700 million. For a Communist, this is quite a discrepancy between the Chairman and his people. The palace where he lived, Tiananmen Square, was famously protested against years after his death as the people’s way of declaring that they wanted Democracy.

#6 – Bashar al-Assad (Net Worth: $1.5 Billion)

Bashar-al-Assad-ImageBashar al-Assad is the current President of Syria and has held the position since 2000 when he replaced his father, Hafez al-Assad. The al-Assad family has been in power in Syria for more than 40 years. Currently, it is estimated that Bashar is worth $1.5 billion. In stark contrast to the billionaire president, the people of Syria are making an average of $2,000 per capita.

Syria has been at the forefront of a lot of controversy as of late, and Bashar has been a large part of it. While Syrians are struggling to make ends meet, Bashar has been living the high life thanks to some creative accounting with countries such as Russia and Sweden. What started out smoothly for Bashar has turned into a reign of civil war and corruption that seems to have no end.

#5 – Saddam Hussein (Net Worth: $2 Billion)

Saddam-Hussein-ImageThere was a time when Saddam Hussein was considered to be a decent man who was helping Iraq develop into a prosperous nation. However, those thoughts quickly went out the window when Hussein revealed his true nature. Hussein served as the fifth President of Iraq. He held office from 1979 to 2003, until he was tried and found guilty for crimes against humanity. Hussein was hanged in private quarters, but video footage of his execution quickly leaked out to the public.

By the time he was ousted from power in 2003, Hussein had a net worth of $2 billion. Hussein’s lavish expenses were tied to palaces he called home across Iraq. He creatively worked the numbers to have other countries believe that the Iraqi citizens were fine and didn’t need any international support. However, when the true numbers were revealed in comparison to Hussein’s calculations, the GDP per capita sunk to about $2,000.

#4 – Kim Jong II (Net Worth: $5 Billion)

Kim-Jong-Il-ImageKim Jong II was the Supreme Leader of North Korea from 1994 until his death in 2011. Kim Jong II didn’t do much for the people of his country, just like the current Supreme Leader and his son, Kim Jong-un. While widespread famine spread across most of North Korea, Kim Jong II tried to cover it up. He put on a facade that North Korea was a prosperous country, which most everyone knew was an outright lie. Kim lived the life of a king while his people suffered.

Kim was known to spend a lot of money on himself, and eventually, the United Nations found out just how much. It turns out that Kim spent $300 million per year on luxury items alone. Some of the oddest write offs in the Kim Jong II ledgers were caviar from Uzbekistan and pork flown in from Denmark. There was also case after case of Cognac shipped to Kim while North Koreans struggled to make their own rice beer.

#3 – Leopold II (Net Worth: $60 Billion)

Leopold-II-ImageLeopold II of Belgium lived like a king, and was in fact a King. Leopold II was the second King of the Belgians, and held the position for 44 years to the exact day. Back then, if a leader held the same position for decades, it didn’t necessarily mean that they were good at their job— there just wasn’t much anyone could do about it. Leopold II was not only a villain to his own people, but to the inhabitants of Congo as well.

Leopold II ordered that Congo be set free to improve the lives of people in the African nation. However, corruption quickly overtook the land at the hands of Leopold, and his mercenary forces made him a ton of money. At the expense of those who were already very poor, Leopold II made himself very rich so that he could continue living his lavish lifestyle.

#2 – Muammar Gaddafi (Net Worth: $200 Billion)

Muammar-Gaddafi-ImageMuammar Gaddafi was once a revolutionary in his country of Libya, and later became a politician who rose to the highest of powers as the Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution of Libya. Gaddafi served in this position from 1969 until his death in 2011 during the Libyan Civil War. While some parts of the world appreciated Gaddafi as an anti-imperialist, most frowned upon his violation of the human rights of his own citizens (which were widely considered acts of terrorism.)

While Gaddafi was still alive, people knew that he had a lot of money, but no one knew just how much. It turns out that Gaddafi was the richest man in the world with over $200 billion in assets. Gaddafi kept a lot of secrets about his wealth, and had massive bank accounts in Dubai, as well as properties in London and Italy. Gaddafi sat in beautiful palaces while his citizens struggled to survive.

#1 – Nicholas II (Net Worth: $300 Billion)

Nicholas-II-ImageRussia had a long history with Czars, but Czar Rule came to an end with Nicholas II. His reign began in 1894 and ended in 1917. While the rest of Russia wanted to progress, Nicholas II preferred the antiquated-style of ruling because it better suited his lifestyle. Nicholas II would often spend his time going to parties with some of the other elitists in the country, leaving his people to care for themselves.

Nicholas II was not a good leader and didn’t even want to lead people in the first place. He simply liked the benefits and luxuries that came in being a Czar, even if it was at the expense of keeping millions of people in poverty and despair. Nicholas II was so bad that the Russian Revolution led to his abdication, forcing him into exile. Needless to say, few people felt bad for the evil king.

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