Bashar al-Assad (Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/Creative Commons)

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Country: Syria
Years in power: 11
Status: Violently suppressing revolts by protestors against his rule.
Wealth: $122 billion

Bashar al-Assad's father Hafez ruled Syria for 29 years. Bashar was training as an ophthalmologist until his older brother died and Bashar became the heir apparent.

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