Name: Kim Jong-un
Born: January 8, 1982
Kim Jong-un was born in Pyongyang, North Korea on January 8, 1982. He is the son of Kim Jong-il, a Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Ko Yong-hui. He has four siblings: Kim Sul-song, Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-nam, and Kim Jong-chul. His grandfather is Kim Il-sung, a former leader of North Korea.
Kim primarily attended school in Switzerland, including the Liebefeld Steinhölzli school near Bern. He also studied at the Kim Il-sung University.
He is married to Ri Sol-ju. The couple have one daughter, Kim Ju-ae.
Kim rose to the international spotlight when his father passed away. It had been considered that Kim Jong-nam would lead the country once Kim Jong-il died, but there was a falling out in the family and he was no longer the favorite to succeed – he later died in Malaysia in 2017. Instead, when Kim Jong-il perished in December 2011, Kim Jong-un rose to power.
The country has been slightly different with Kim leading North Korea. Although he still rules with an iron fist akin to his father and grandfather, he has implemented many free enterprise policies. Pyongyang is quickly becoming an affluent hub with plenty of skyscrapers being erected, women sporting extravagant handbags, and Coca-Cola machines found on every corner. This was unheard of during his father’s tenure.
The purges and executions of both family members and government officials persist. The nuclear standoff with the West is also creating headaches for the United States, South Korea, Russia, Japan, and the rest of the world.
Outside of politics, the communist leader enjoys basketball, computer games, rap music, and smoking cigarettes. He is good friends with NBA legend Dennis Rodman, but Kim is considered to be socially awkward. His health has taken a turn for the worse in the last couple of years because of his weight gain.
We estimate that Kim Jong-un’s net worth is $5 billion (2018).
So how much is $5 billion really?
$5 billion is nearly roughly the gross domestic product of North Korea. $5 billion is also about the net worth of United States President Donald Trump.