Cuba’s most iconic authoritarian leader Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 at 10:29 PM Friday, November 25, 2016.
Fidel Castro was born in August 13, 1926, to a wealthy family of sugar planters. He first attempted to overthrow the government in Cuba in 1953 resulting to his imprisonment along with brother, Raul. Released three years later, he continued with his plan and succeeded to take over a new communist government on 1959.
From 1959 to 1976, Fidel Castro ruled the revolutionary republic as Prime Minister. After his 47 years, he then became the country’s President from 1976 to 2006.
In 2006, he temporarily left the presidency to his brother due to health complications and officially resigned on 2008. The longevity of his rule tops almost all other rulers in the world. In fact, he is second to Queen Elizabeth II as longest reigning leader of a country.
Fidel Castro’s Death
The 90-year old icon was announced dead in public by his brother and Cuban president Raul Castro.
His brother did not specify the cause of death but he did clarify that it is through natural causes.
Interestingly, despite the number of assassination attempts on the Cuban ruler what caused him his demise was neither of those. It was never revealed what exact illness he was suffering from. However, he did announce on 2006 that he had intestinal surgery.
Fidel Castro’s Wealth And Net Worth
The iconic leader of Cuba came from a rich family. His family left him Las Manacas farm, a 25,000-acre, 400-employee sugar plantation in Biran, Cuba. Though at present, this is no longer a sugar plantation but serves as Castro Museum.
But other than that, Fidel Castro is also deemed to be one of the world’s richest rulers. To date, his net worth is $900 Million. Topping American presidents in the past such as Bill Clinton, Barrack Obama and George W. Bush.
To some, this is a testament of the dictator’s corruption. The country is suffering from poverty and its people merely getting by. In addition, multiple reports prove how lavish his family’s lifestyle can get.
Nonetheless, among most world leaders, Fidel Castro is one of the most private. It is difficult to get more information from the highly privatized authoritarian leader.
Fidel Castro, though hated by some still paved way to a change in the country. Because of this, the country’s longest ruler will be remembered not just in Cuba but the rest of the world.