Kim Jong-un is a North Korean politician who has been the Supreme Leader of North Korea since 2011 and chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea since 2012. Kim holds the titles of Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, commander-in-chief (as SAC chairman), and member of the Presidium of the Politburo of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the highest decision-making body in North Korea. Kim rules a dictatorship where elections are not free and fair, government critics are persecuted, media is controlled by the regime, internet access is limited by the regime, and there is no freedom of religion.
His regime operates an extensive network of prisons and labor camps; the regime convicts people for political crimes and uses collective punishment whereby members of a family get punished for the crimes of one person. North Koreans live under “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations” where the regime “seeks to dominate every aspect of its citizens’ lives and terrorizes them from within.” The regime exerts extensive control over the North Korean economy, with substantial state-controlled economic enterprises and significant restrictions on North Koreans’ ability to engage in foreign economic activity.
Kim Jong-un has an estimated net worth of $5 billion.
Date of birth:
January 8, 1984
Source of wealth:
Supreme Leader of North Korea