Kim Jong-il Net Worth
Kim Jong-il Net Worth: Kim Jong-il was the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) who had a net worth of $4 billion dollars. Kim Jong-il was born February 16, 1941 in Vyatskoye, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia. He succeeded his father and founder of the DPRK, Kim Il-sung, following the elder Kim's death in 1994. Kim Jong-il was the General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), Chairman of the National Defense Commission of North Korea and the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army—the fourth-largest standing army in the world. In April 2009, North Korea's constitution was amended to refer to him as the "supreme leader". The North Korean government announced his death on December 19, 2011, whereupon his third son, Kim Jong-un, was promoted to a senior position in the ruling Workers' Party and succeeded him. In the wake of the severe flooding in Korea in the mid-nineties, made worse by poor land management, the economy of North Korea struggled through the '90s, leading to famine and economic shambles. In light of the dire situation, the Korean government formally approved some activity in bartering and trade on a small scale. According to a 2004 Human Rights Watch report, the North Korean government, under Kim, was "among the world's most repressive governments", having up to 200,000 political prisoners according to U.S. and South Korean officials, and no freedom of the press or religion, political opposition or equal education: "Virtually every aspect of political, social, and economic life is controlled by the government." Kim's government has even been accused of "crimes against humanity" for its alleged culpability in creating and prolonging the 1990s famine. Kim Jong-il was the centre of an elaborate personality cult inherited from his father and founder of the DPRK, Kim Il-sung. Many North Koreans believed he had "magical" ability to "control the weather" based on his mood. In 2010, the North Korean media reported that Kim's distinctive clothing had set worldwide fashion trends.