Benjamin Netanyahu is an Israeli politician who has been Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, having previously held the position from 1996 to 1999. Netanyahu is also the Chairman of the Likud – National Liberal Movement. He is the longest-serving Prime Minister in Israeli history and the first to be born in Israel after the establishment of the state. He became leader of Likud in 1993; he then led the party to victory at the 1996 election, becoming Israel’s youngest-ever prime minister.
After being defeated in the 1999 election, Netanyahu left politics, returning to the private sector. He later served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance in the government of Ariel Sharon. As Finance Minister, Netanyahu initiated major reforms of the Israeli economy that were credited by commentators as having significantly improved Israel’s subsequent economic performance.
Netanyahu returned to the leadership of Likud in December 2005; he formed a coalition government with other right-wing parties and was sworn in as Prime Minister for a second time. He went on to lead Likud to victory in the 2013 and 2015 elections. Due to his indictment on charges of breach of trust, bribery and fraud, Netanyahu is legally required to relinquish all of his ministry posts other than the prime minister position.
Benjamin Netanyahu has an estimated net worth of $14.4 million.
Date of birth:
October 21, 1949
Source of wealth:
Prime Minister of Israel