Meles Zenawi Net Worth

Politicians rule the world, but they aren’t necessarily rich. Meles Zenawi however rules and is extremely rich. As the Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi has a commanding authority over a lot of decisions that impact hundreds, thousands or even millions of lives every day. This person can impact everyday life, impose restrictions and bans, possibly even start a war. Such powers are not really comprehensive for regular civilians. Born in the unknown on the unknown, Meles Zenawi had a big family of Zenawi Asres, Alemash Guebreluel unknown. Quickly becoming a prominent figure in the political world, this politician studied and graduated Addis Ababa University (1974), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Open University where moves towards eclipsing the political totem pole became more and more aggressive. An impressive salary unknown makes this person rich enough but the total net worth of Meles Zenawi is nonetheless impressive – $3 Billion.

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Zenawi attended General Wingate High School on a full scholarship, matriculating in 1972. He then attended Addis Ababa University for two years, but dropped out to become part of the Tigrayan National Organization (TNO). This would later become the TPLF and he also established the Marxist-Leninist League of Tigray. He became a known name in the struggle against the Derg regime, and then ascended to power after the end of the Ethiopian Civil War in 1991. He became the president of the transitional government of Ethiopia, which had mixed support from other countries. The peace was created after intervention from the United States to facilitate peace talks. Despite the general acceptance of the change of leadership at the time, there was still a lot of opposition from different parts of Ethiopia.

Since then, Zenawi worked on various policies, including gaining a larger share of the Nile River to have more hydropower prospects. He also helped with trying to stabilise the situation in Somalia, and granting Eritrea its independence. However this would later lead to the 1998 Eritrean-Ethiopian War, which would only be resolved through a peace treaty after Ethiopia’s counter-attack, when Meles decided to sign a United Nations Peace Treaty. Later on, a threat to invade Ethiopia was noticed and it led to him declaring war on the Islamic Courts Union (ICU). The war was supported by the African Union and the United States and led to the successful driving out of the ICU. The ICU then splintered into numerous small factions which tried to regain control of areas, but failed to do so. Zenawi then focused on climate change policies.

Meles has also been criticized for numerous issues and scandals during his time as leader. It was known that the Oromo people were heavily discriminated during his regime, and there was also conflict against the Anuaks, which led to many being killed in 2003. It was also reported the he had helped in jailing political leaders, journalists, and activists to help shape the country’s politics in his way. In 2006, it was reported that police massacred 193 protesters however the report was then opposed stating that it was highly sensationalized. Another report was given stating that six policemen were killed and around 763 people were injured during the conflict which was an anti-government protest. This led to leaders of the main opposition party being imprisoned. Some of the journalists and publishers have since been acquitted, but other leaders remain imprisoned. They were only released after a long process.

For his personal life, it is known that Zenawi was married to Azeb Mesfin who is a Member of Parliament; he also had three children. In 2012, rumors started spreading about his health, and in August it was reported that he had passed away after contracting an infection. Many attended his funeral, and thousands of mourners greeted the return of his body to Ethiopia from Belgium, where he had been undergoing treatment.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Meles Zenawi
  • Net Worth: $3 Billion
  • Date Of Birth: May 8, 1955
  • Died: August 20, 2012, Brussels, Belgium
  • Place Of Birth: Adwa, Ethiopia
  • Profession: Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia
  • Education: Addis Ababa University (1974), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Open University
  • Nationality: Ethiopian
  • Spouse: Azeb Mesfin
  • Children: Semhal Meles, Senay Meles, Marda Meles
  • Parents: Zenawi Asres, Alemash Guebreluel
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  • Prime minister of Ethiopia, 23 August 1995 until his death.


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Mysteries of Egypt 1998 Documentary special thanks: prime minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
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Motherland 2010 Documentary Himself
Der durstige Planet 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
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Give Us the Money 2012 Documentary Himself