Ramón José Velásquez Highest-Paid Politician in the World

Ramón José Velásquez
Ramón José Velásquez led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid politicians” released on Thursday.

It's been a rough year for the politician, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 103-year-old Ramón José Velásquez has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid politicians for 2020 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 25/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Ramón José Velásquez tops annual list of highest-paid politicians

In 2018 it looked like the politician’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (September 24) that Velásquez is the highest-paid politician in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between August 2019 and August 2020, a nearly $40 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The Venezuelan politician-historian-journalist-lawyer has an estimated net worth of $215 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Velásquez Burger” chain) in Caracas, a Football Team (the “San Juan de Colón Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondervelásquez - Venezuela), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Ramón José) and a fashion line called “Ramón José Velásquez Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Ramón José fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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