Mikhail Gorbachev Net Worth

Politicians rule the world, but they aren’t necessarily rich. Mikhail Gorbachev however rules and is extremely rich. As the Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev 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, Mikhail Gorbachev had a big family of Maria Panteleyevna Gorbacheva, Sergey Andreyevich Gorbachev unknown. Quickly becoming a prominent figure in the political world, this politician studied and graduated Moscow State 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 Mikhail Gorbachev is nonetheless impressive – $5 Million.

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A son of Ukrainian and Russian migrants, he endured the Soviet famine of 1932-1933. He was primarily raised by his maternal grandparents, since his parents were busy working, as his mother was a kolkhoz worker, while his father worked as a harvester operator, but also later served in World War II. During his teens, Mikhail followed in the footsteps of his father, working on collective farms and operating combine harvesters. After finished high school, Mikhail enrolled at the Moscow State University, from which he graduated in 1955, earning a law degree. Mikhail then moved to Stavropol; even before graduation, Mikhail had joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and with the start of the ‘60s he became more and more involved in politics. In 1963 he was named as Head of the Department of Party Organs in the Stavropol Regional Committee, and seven years later became the First Party Secretary, and by that became one of the youngest people of the party to hold such a position. During his stint as First Party Secretary of the Stavropol Regional Committee, Mikhail focused on improving the lives of simple people, mostly farmers, since he himself had lived the life of a farmer, before making progress as a politician.

After several years of success, Mikhail was named as the Deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, and also the Chairman of the Standing Commission on Youth Affairs, while in 1978 he was promoted to the Central Committee’s Secretariat for Agriculture position. Little by little Mikhail was becoming one of the most influential people of the party, and then in 1980 became a full member of the CPSU. Just four years later he was made General Secretary of the CPSU following the deaths of Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chemenko, becoming the youngest party leader. His power and influence became to rise, and he instituted several new policies that improved the lives of the people of the Soviet Union.

He became known for “perestroika”, and “glasnost”, giving his people the freedom of speech. His popularity rose through the roof, and in 1988 he was made the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union, and then in 1990 he was elected as the first executive President of the Soviet Union, earning 59% of the votes of the Deputies. Unfortunately, his reign didn’t last long as his new laws and policies led quite deliberately to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Following the end of his presidency, Mikhail remained active in Russian politics, forming two parties along the way, Social Democratic Party of Russia (2001-2004), and Union of Social Democrats (2007-2014), but didn’t have much success.

Thanks to his largely successful career, Mikhail received numerous awards and honors, including Order of St. Andrew in 2011, then Order of Lenin three times, then Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, while in 1989 he was the recipient of the Otto Hahn Peace Medal award, among many other recognitions, which include several honorary doctorates from prestigious universities, including Durham University, Trinity College, Cambridge and the University of Liège.

Regarding his personal life, Mikhail met his wife, Raisa Titarenko, during his studies at Moscow State University. The two married in 1953 and had their only child in 1957, a daughter Irina Mikhailovna Virganskaya. His wife passed away in 1999, after losing the battle to leukemia.

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  • Full Name: Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Net Worth: $5 Million
  • Date Of Birth: March 2, 1931
  • Place Of Birth: Privolnoye, North Caucasus Krai, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Stavropol Krai, Russia]
  • Height: 5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
  • Profession: Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
  • Education: Moscow State University
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Spouse: Raisa Gorbacheva (m. 1953–1999)
  • Children: Irina Mikhailovna Virganskaya
  • Parents: Maria Panteleyevna Gorbacheva, Sergey Andreyevich Gorbachev
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0329784
  • Awards: Nobel Peace Prize, MTV Europe Music Free Your Mind Award, Indira Gandhi Prize, Ronald Reagan Freedom Award, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold, Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Harvey Prize for Outsta…


  • My life’s work has been accomplished. I did all that I could.
  • We are not abandoning our convictions, our philosophy or traditions, nor do we urge anyone to abandon theirs.
  • Certain people in the United States are driving nails into this structure of our relationship, then cutting off the heads. So the Soviets must use their teeth to pull them out.
  • If current technological processes continue without change, the environment will change, and we, the human species, will either have to mutate or even die, to disappear, as many species have disappeared.
  • Every country should conduct its own reforms, should develop its own model, taking into account the experience of other countries, whether close neighbours or far away countries.
  • I don’t think Russia is setting this as a goal; I don’t think this should be Russia’s goal. I think even the United States doesn’t need to be a superpower. China doesn’t need to be a superpower. It’s a different world.
  • You cannot put Russia down on its knees and hold it there because Russia will ultimately pull out.
  • I believe, as Lenin said, that this revolutionary chaos may yet crystallize into new forms of life.
  • The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.
  • It seems that the most important thing about Reagan was his anti-Communism and his reputation as a hawk who saw the Soviet Union as an ‘evil empire.’
  • There should be competition and exchanges between different countries, but there are certainly certain universal values, and that is freedom and democracy.
  • I grew up in a family of peasants, and it was there that I saw the way that, for example, our wheat fields suffered as a result of dust storms, water erosion and wind erosion; I saw the effect of that on life – on human life.
  • Political leaders still think things can be done through force, but that cannot solve terrorism. Backwardness is the breeding ground of terror, and that is what we have to fight.
  • Starting reforms in the Soviet Union was only possible from above, only from above. Any attempt to go from below was suppressed, suppressed in a most resolute way.
  • I couldn’t wait to get to the most powerful position, because I thought then I would be able to fix problems that only the leader can fix. But when I got there, I realized we needed revolutionary change.
  • I think we need more young people; we need to elect young people to government. We need to give them a chance, in the media, in politics, in democracy.
  • I think God has some mechanism that he uses to punish those that make mistakes.
  • I paid too heavy a price for perestroika.
  • Ex-Presidents of the United States get state subsidies. Not so in Russia. You get no government support.
  • What about Jesus Christ? I say that he was a precursor of idealists; a precursor of socialists.
  • Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth.
  • The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy.
  • If people don’t like Marxism, they should blame the British Museum.
  • I say again that I am an atheist. I do not believe in God.
  • Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life.
  • I think the environmental problem will be the number one item on the agenda of the 21st century… This is a problem that cannot be postponed.
  • Democracy must learn to defend itself.
  • Sometimes when you stand face to face with someone, you cannot see his face.
  • Imagine a country that flies into space, launches Sputniks, creates such a defense system, and it can’t resolve the problem of women’s pantyhose. There’s no toothpaste, no soap powder, not the basic necessities of life. It was incredible and humiliating to work in such a government.
  • Sometimes people ask me why I began perestroika. Were the causes basically domestic or foreign? The domestic reasons were undoubtedly the main ones, but the danger of nuclear war was so serious that it was a no less significant factor.
  • The market came with the dawn of civilization and it is not an invention of capitalism. If it leads to improving the well-being of the people there is no contradiction with socialism.
  • More socialism means more democracy, openness and collectivism in everyday life.
  • Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.
  • I am a Communist, a convinced Communist! For some that may be a fantasy. But to me it is my main goal.
  • It is better to discuss things, to argue and engage in polemics than make perfidious plans of mutual destruction.
  • It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past.
  • On the day I became Soviet leader, in March 1985, I had a special meeting with the leaders of the Warsaw Pact countries and told them: ‘You are independent, and we are independent. You are responsible for your policies, we are responsible for ours. We will not intervene in your affairs, I promise you.’
  • If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.
  • What we need is Star Peace and not Star Wars.
  • The world will not accept dictatorship or domination.
  • America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the consumer society. It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to reach the American living standard.
  • If not me, who? And if not now, when?
  • Without perestroika, the cold war simply would not have ended. But the world could not continue developing as it had, with the stark menace of nuclear war ever present.
  • We could only solve our problems by cooperating with other countries. It would have been paradoxical not to cooperate. And therefore we needed to put an end to the Iron Curtain, to change the nature of international relations, to rid them of ideological confrontation, and particularly to end the arms race.
  • Sometimes it’s difficult to accept, to recognise one’s own mistakes, but one must do it. I was guilty of overconfidence and arrogance, and I was punished for that.
  • A society should never become like a pond with stagnant water, without movement. That’s the most important thing.
  • My whole life I worked to perfect our system. I couldn’t wait to get to the most powerful position, because I thought then I would be able to fix problems that only the leader can fix. But when I got there, I realized we needed revolutionary change. The only way things got done was if you knew somebody or you paid somebody under the table. So what system did we have? It was time to dismantle the whole thing.


  • His name translates as “Michael of the Humpback Whales”.
  • His prominent birthmark is called a port-wine stain. It results from a vascular anomaly. The scientific name is nevus flammeus.
  • President of Green Cross International, a Swiss-based environmentalist organization. [2003]
  • Was briefly overthrown in August 1991 by a group of Communist Party hard-liners angered by his policies but returned to power a couple of days later due to widespread opposition to the coup throughout the country.
  • Merited a place in Time magazine’s Special Issue “Heroes of the Environment” (Leaders & Visionaries section) with a tribute penned by Alexei Yablokov, Chairman of the Green Russia political caucus (Issue October 29, 2007).
  • Appeared in a commercial for Pizza Hut, making him the only Communist Party official to do advertising work. [1998]
  • He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990. He resigned as USSR President on Christmas Day, 1991.
  • Former leader of USSR.


  • Birthmark on his head


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Midsummer Madness 2007 thanks
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Free to Rock 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Forever and a Day 2015 Documentary Himself
Täuschung – Die Methode Reagan 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself – Präsident der UDSSR (as Michail Gorbatschow)
Quando c’era Berlinguer 2014 Documentary Himself
The Daily Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Channel 4 News 2013 TV Series Himself
Margaret Thatcher: The Woman Who Changed Britain 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Newsnight 2013 TV Series Himself
Der Sturz – Honeckers Ende 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Wir wollten die Republik verändern – Der Liberale Gerhart Baum 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Premiya Muz-TV 2012 2012 TV Special Himself – Honorary Award: ‘Za vklad v zhizn’ (credit only)
Docs interdits 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Pozner 2008-2011 TV Series Himself – Interviewee
Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years 2010 TV Series documentary Gen’l Sec’y of Communist Party – Soviet Union / Gen’l. Sec’y. of Communisty Party, Soviet Union / Gen’l. Sec’y. Communist Party, Soviet Union
Nuclear Tipping Point 2010 Documentary Himself
Countdown to Zero 2010 Documentary Himself
Infrarouge 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Menschen 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Der schönste Irrtum der Geschichte – Wie die Berliner Mauer wirklich fiel 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Michail Gorbatschow)
Bonner Republik 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 1996-2009 TV Series Himself – Guest
Nous resterons sur Terre 2009 Documentary Himself
Eine Nacht im November 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Larry King Live 2008 TV Series Himself
Den 11. time 2007 TV Series Himself – Former Leader of the Soviet Union
The 11th Hour 2007/I Documentary Himself – Founding President, Green Cross International, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
2006 Women’s World Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Fabrika zvezd 2006 TV Series Himself – Honored Audience Member
Karol Wojtyla – Geheimnisse eines Papstes 2006 TV Movie Himself
Svoboda po russki 2006 Documentary Himself
The Battle of Chernobyl 2006 Documentary Himself
Ein Herz für Kinder 2005 TV Series Himself – Special guest
2005 Women’s World Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
Sandmann – Historien om en sosialistisk supermann 2005 TV Movie documentary
Tetsuko no heya 2005 TV Series Himself
Big Ideas That Changed the World 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Declassified 2004 TV Series documentary Soviet Premier, 1985-1991
2004 Women’s World Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Fidel Castro. Ewiger Revolutionär 2004 Documentary short Himself
Shkola zlosloviya 2004 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself – General Secretary Soviet Communist Party
Pulse 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
2003 World Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show 2003 TV Series Himself
Paul McCartney in Red Square 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
2002 World Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Beckmann 2002 TV Series Himself
Der Frieden und sein Preis – Das Vermächtnis des Alfred Nobel 2001 TV Short documentary Himself – Laureate 1990 (as Michail S. Gorbatschow)
Tout le monde en parle 2001 TV Series Himself
HARDtalk 2000 TV Series Himself
Water: The Drop of Life 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
20 heures le journal 1999 TV Series Himself – Interviewee
Als die Mauer fiel. 50 Stunden, die die Welt veränderten 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Festival di Sanremo 1999 TV Series Himself
The Secret KGB JFK Assassination Files 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
On the Edge 1998/I Documentary Himself (president of USSR, 1985-1991)
American Experience 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Cold War 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Wetten, dass..? 1996 TV Series Himself
Jonathan Dimbleby 1996 TV Series Himself
Life on Earth: A True Civilisation 1996 Documentary Himself – Interviewee
7 sur 7 1991-1996 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
The Gulf War 1996 TV Movie Himself
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Dret a parlar 1994 TV Series Himself
Thatcher: The Downing Street Years 1993 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Faraway, So Close! 1993 Himself (as Michail S. Gorbatschow)
Nový Hyperion aneb Volnost, rovnost, bratrství 1992 Documentary Himself
Strictly Propaganda 1992 Documentary
Ein Volk sprengt seine Mauern – 9. November 1989 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Power Game 1988 TV Movie documentary Himself
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Legends of Tomorrow 2016 TV Series Mikhail Gorbachev
HyperNormalisation 2016 Documentary Himself – URSS Leader
Ancient Aliens 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary General Secretary, Communist Party of the U.S.S.R. / Himself – General Secretary, U.S.S.R.
Zero Days 2016 Documentary Himself
Els dies clau 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Deutschland 83 2015 TV Series Himself
The Russian Woodpecker 2015 Documentary Former President Russia
Belluscone. Una storia siciliana 2014 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Gruen Planet 2013 TV Series Himself
The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Margaret Thatcher: Prime Minister 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Untold History of the United States 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Palme 2012 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Russendisko 2012 Himself (uncredited)
Ich, Putin – Ein Portrait 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Sexocracy: The man of Bunga Bunga 2011 Documentary Himself
Ben Elton: Laughing at the 80s 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Iron Lady 2011 Himself (uncredited)
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War 2011 TV Series documentary Himself – Soviet Premier
The Secret History of Eurovision 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Reagan 2011 Documentary Himself
The Iron Lady: John Campbell on Thatcher 2011 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Moy otets Evgeniy 2010 Documentary Himself
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu 2010 Documentary Himself
50 años de 2009 TV Series Himself
Busting the Berlin Wall: Amazing Escape Stories 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Wall in Berlin 2009 Documentary Himself
Dorfers Donnerstalk 2009 TV Series Himself
Welcome to the 80’s 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Disko ja tuumasõda 2009 Documentary Himself
L’affaire Farewell, l’espion de la vengeance 2009 TV Movie Himself – Soviet First Secretary of Communist Party
Double Take 2009 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Shock Doctrine 2009 Documentary Himself
Hype: The Obama Effect 2008 Video documentary Himself
La nit al dia 2008 TV Series Himself
La noche del fin del mundo 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Catalunya.cat 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Mikhail Gorbatxov)
Thatcher 2008 Video documentary Himself
The Soviet Story 2008 Documentary Himself
William F. Buckley: Right from the Start 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Frame 313: The JFK Assassination Theories 2008 Documentary Himself – Former General Secretary, Communist Party
The Strangest Dream 2008 Documentary Himself
El disco del año 07 2007 TV Movie Himself
Memòries de la tele 2007 TV Series Himself
Stern TV 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Himself
Freedom’s Fury 2006 Documentary Himself
Hammer & Tickle 2006 Documentary Himself
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
50 y más 2005 TV Movie Himself
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Lord of War 2005 Himself (uncredited)
WWE Hall of Fame 2005 2005 Video documentary Himself
Hyvinvointivaltion loppu? 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Megastructures 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Travels & Traditions 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Husker du… 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Star Trek: Enterprise 2004 TV Series Himself
The Doomsday Clock 2004 TV Movie Himself
Zero Hour 2004 TV Series documentary Himself – Premier, Soviet Union
Michael Jackson: Number Ones 2003 Video documentary Himself (segement ‘Man in the Mirror’)
Days That Shook the World 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Sendung ohne Namen 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Good Bye Lenin! 2003 Himself (uncredited)
Guts and Glory 2002 Video short Himself
The Burning Wall 2002 Documentary Himself
Langer Samstag 2002 TV Series Himself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2002 TV Special Himself (taped) (uncredited)
Temps de silenci 2002 TV Series Himself
Maurizio Costanzo Show 2001 TV Series Himself
Bigbít 1999-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
ABC 2000: The Millennium 1999 TV Movie documentary
Biography of the Millennium: 100 People – 1000 Years 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself – #49
WW III: World War III 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Jackal 1997 Himself (uncredited)
The Wall 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Children of the Revolution 1996 Himself – Handshake with Reagan (uncredited)
Islamic Fundamentalism & Democracy 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Fame in the Twentieth Century 1993 TV Series documentary Himself (uncredited)
Battle for the Soul of Russia 1992 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Peter’s Friends 1992 Himself (uncredited)
The Panama Deception 1992 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Pandora’s Box 1992 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
Desert Storm: The War Begins 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
November Days 1991 Documentary Himself
Hört die Signale 1991 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1990 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Counterstrike 1990 TV Series Himself
Den gode, den onde & den virk’li sjove 1990 TV Series Himself
Ceausescu: Behind the Myth 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Saved by the Bell 1989 TV Series Himself
The Abyss 1989 Himself (uncredited)
Kinkyû UFO genchi shuzai tokuhô: Bei seifu ga uchûjin to kôshiki kaiken! Kyôfu no himitsu kyôtei wo musundeita!? 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
Kuvia Gorbatshovista 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself


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