OFFICIAL FORBES LIST: Top 10 Richest People from Vanuatu in 2018 and Their Net Worth

Vanuatu is an archipelago made up of 83 individual islands.  Looking at a map, if you connected the dots of all the islands, the country would be shaped something like a “Y”.  The islands are strewn over an approximate  1,000-mile distance, top to bottom and are situated roughly north to south.

Have you ever wondered who the Richest People in Vanuatu are? This article outlines the Top 10 Richest People from Vanuatu in 2018.

10. Ralph John Regenvanu

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Ralph John Regenvanu (born 20 September 1970) is a ni-Vanuatu anthropologist, artist and politician. He has been a Member of Parliament since September 2008, was a member of Cabinet for most of the period from December 2010 to January 2012 and then from March 2013 to June 2015, and was the Director of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council from 1995 until December 2010.

He has been a leading figure in Vanuatu’s cultural world, primarily as a promoter of cultural knowledge preservation and sustainable development as a researcher, but also, to a lesser extent, as a painter and illustrator. He has represented Vanuatu and its culture in the international sphere, notably through UNESCO.

His transition to politics came suddenly in 2008, at a comparatively young age; his successful campaign to be elected to Parliament generated popular and media support.

As a Member of Parliament, he sought to publicise his activities and discuss political issues directly with members of the public; he also used his parliamentary allowance to help finance student scholarships and youth business projects. Three months after his election, he was arrested and charged with aiding prisoners who had escaped from gaol. The charges were later dropped. In late 2010, he launched his own political party, shortly before being appointed to Cabinet.

9. Joe Natuman

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Joe Natuman, born 24 November 1952, is a ni-Vanuatu politician, member of the Vanua’aku Pati.

In the 1980s, he worked in the highest ranks of the civil service, culminating with the position of First Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office from 1987 to 1991, at the time of Prime Minister Walter Lini. He then worked as assistant registrar at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, until 1995.

He entered national politics when he was elected MP for Tanna, representing the Vanua’aku Pati, in the 1995 general election. He has been continuously re-elected since.