Top 10 richest people in history by Time magazine

5. Joseph Stalin

Stalin — an outstanding figure in modern economic history: the ruler with absolute power, which controlled one of the largest economies in the world. While it is practically impossible to separate, in fact, «Stalin’s wealth» from the «wealth of the Soviet Union.»

The unique combination of economic power «country Councils,» and total control over the Soviet Union allows some economists consider it one of the richest men of all time. And although the money did not belong directly to Stalin, he had the opportunity to use the power of the Soviet economy as he wanted.

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«He was the state, and the state was to them he could get anything he wanted,» — says George A. Lieber (George O. Liber), a history professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (University of Alabama at Birmingham). — «Koba controlled ⅙ of the land without any control on the part of society.»

Does that Stalin rich in the traditional sense? This Lieber is not so sure: «Was he among the richest people?» — He asks, and then answers. — «I think it can be considered a wealthy man, extending the traditional concept that can be understood by the word» wealth «.

Given this, it is necessary to include in the list of Stalin’s most economically influential people in history. His wealth can be «blurred» economic and administrative machinery, but there is no doubt that the influence of an authoritarian leader in the Soviet Union’s economy is unmatched in recent history.

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