Omar Bongo Ondimba, Gabon
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When he died in 2009, President Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon had ruled the country for 42 consecutive years. He was one of the longest serving rulers in history and also one of the most corrupt.
Following his death, internal documents were released that revealed the immense private wealth he had acquired at the expense of his country, many of whom lived in poverty despite Gabon’s huge revenue earnings from its extensive crude oil deposits.
Bongo Ondimba died in Barcelona, Spain, on June 8th, 2009, after months of battling advanced intestinal cancer and other related illnesses. He was 72.