Bashar al-Assad is the President of Syria Regional Secretary of the Ba'ath Party, he has a net worth of $550 million. Bashar al-Assad has earned his net worth as ruler of Syria for 29 years until his death. Al-Assad was elected in the year of 2000, and he was re-elected in the year of 2007, Assad was unopposed during each election. He was born on September 11, 1965 in Damascus. He grew up in a political family his father was Hafez Assad, his father took over the running of the Syrian government in 1970. He graduated from Damascus University in 1982, where he studied medicine. He was criticized for a disregard for human rights, economic lapses, and corruption. He is also an outspoken critic of the United States and Israel. In Syria websites such as Wikipedia Arabic, You Tube and Facebook were blocked from people accessing them from 2008 until February 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama signed an Executive order to place sanctions against Bashar Assad in an effort to pressure his regime "to end its use of violence against its people and begin transitioning to a democratic system that protects the rights of the Syrian people." This order took place on May 18, 2011, due to this order Mr. Assad and nine other officials were added to a list with travel bans and asset freezes.