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How Much Is Netanyahu Worth?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara are worth just over $10 million.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara are worth just over $10 million.
Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90

Following the minor storm that erupted on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to rearrange his portfolio which is in a blind trust—a request he eventually rescinded—Forbes Israel decided to dig into that portfolio, to find out how rich is Bibi.

The most up-to-date estimate is that the Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu’s combined worth is about 41 million shekels, or $10,197,725. This is roughly 3 million shekel more than last year, suggesting the PM’s blind trustee is on the conservative side – the portfolio is just keeping up with the local inflation.

Neither Bibi nor Sara come from money. Netanyahu accumulated most of his wealth over his short hiatus from politics, between 1999 and 2001.

According to Forbes Israel, during those years Bibi toured the world giving $60 thousand lectures, served as senior consultant to the hi tech company BATM, and pushed business ventures for Epsilor Electric-fuel (today known as Aerotech), orchestrating its merger with Wal-Mart.

Close to half of the Netanyahus wealth is invested in their penthouse in the affluent neighborhood of Rechavia in downtown Jerusalem, and a villa in Caesaria.

For comparison: according to Wealth Wire, President Obama’s assets range between $2.6 million and $9.9 million, while he holds a mortgage of $500,000 to $1 million on his Chicago home. On top of that net worth, the president receives his annual salary of $400,000.

It’s good to be the king…

About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.


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8 Responses to “How Much Is Netanyahu Worth?”

  1. Edward Lobel says:

    anyone know how he made his money?

  2. L Jason Tree says:

    Who? Bibi or Barack Hussein?

  3. Edward Lobel says:

    My question was about Bibi, I really don't know how he made his money
    Obama and his wife made their money by writing books.

  4. Do you really believe that is how Obama made his money? Tsk, tsk you haven''t done your homework…

  5. Edward Lobel says:

    as a matter of fact I have. It appears you are a very prejudiced person and not to smart not to answer my first and very serious question. How did Bibi make his money. I know how willard made his money and how ryan made his money (he earned it the good old fashion way, he inheritied it!) but I still have no idea how Bibi made his money, t's a fair question and deserves an answer, not a repub/teabagger lie about Obama.

  6. Edward Lobel says:

    L Jason Tree – BTW, if you really believe Obama is a muslim, then you are a dumb as all the repubs and tea baggers hope you are!

  7. Yori Yanover says:

    It's in the article, man. Lecture circuit and consulting Wal-Mart.

  8. Another instance of people seeing what they want to see, or just glancing at one portion ($10mil) and not reading everything. Some do this out of laziness and others just refuse or do not wish to know the truth.

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