3. Tharman Shanmugaratnam – Net Worth: S$88.1 million
Perhaps Singapore’s current most capable and popular politician, and in our point of view deservedly so, this man has unfortunately ruled himself out of the running for Singapore’s next Prime Minister.
Tharman Shanmugaratnam is currently serving as – wait for it – Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and Chairman of the Group of Thirty – a group comprising thirty of the finest policymakers and financial experts in the world.
And, he also stood in for Minister of Finance Heng Swee Keat when the latter suffered a stroke that put him out of commission for some time in 2016.
The Minister, who once said that he found work “relaxing”, baffled Singaporeans when he once stated that a monthly income of $1,500 was enough to buy a reasonable sized HDB under government schemes (he proved that it really was possible).
He went on to win Jurong GRC in the 2015 General Elections by 79.28% of the vote, even higher than current PM Lee Hsien Loong.
At 60 years old, he has served in parliament for over 16 years, and has headed 3 Ministries in his service.