Joseph Stalin Net Worth – How the Soviet Leader Rose to Power

Joseph Stalin was a Georgian revolutionary and a Soviet political leader who ruled the Soviet Union from 1922 until his death in 1953. He was born on December 8, 1878.

Joseph Stalin Net Worth

Joseph Stalin’s net worth is $7.5 trillion in today’s estimate. This makes him one of the richest people in history.

He was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1952). He was also the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union between 1941 and 1953. He became a de facto dictator by the late 1930s.

In three decades, he established the Soviet Union into a major industrial world power with achievements in military education, urbanization, and Soviet pride.

Personal Life

Joseph Stalin was born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili on December 8, 1878, in the Georgian town called Gori. His parents were Besarion Jughashvili and Ekaterine Geladze and he was their only child to survive infancy. He was nicknamed “Soso.”

His family was poor. His father was a shoemaker. Initially, he achieved success but later fell into a decline. He became an alcoholic and would beat Joseph and his mother. They left home because of this and constantly moved until they settled into the house of a family friend, Father Christopher Charkviani. Joseph’s mother worked as a house cleaner.

 In 1888, Stalin enrolled at the Orthodox Gori Church School. He excelled academically but was often involved in fights. In 1884, Stalin got smallpox and at age 12 he was seriously injured, causing a lifelong disability in his left arm. In August 1894, he enrolled in the Orthodox Spiritual Seminary where he also got good grades. He continued writing poetry and some of them even got published under his pseudonym “Soselo.”

As he grew older, his grades dropped and he lost interest in spiritual studies. He even declared himself an atheist.

Professional Career

In 1899, Stalin worked as a meteorologist at the Tiflis Observatory. He organized a secret workers’ mass meeting for May Day 1900. At this time, the Okhrana, the secret police, was aware of his revolutionary activities. 

After the Marxist revolutionaries had split into Menshevik and Bolshevik in 1903, Stalin joined the latter and more militant of the two which is led by Lenin. Joseph Stalin was imprisoned and exiled multiple times.

He steadily climbed up in their party’s hierarchy. In February 1912, Lenin co-opted him to serve on the first Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party. The following year, Stalin published an important article on Marxism. This was also the time when he changed his name to Stalin. His longest period of exile was in Siberia from July 1913 to March 1917.

He was active as a political and military leader in the Civil War from1918 to 1920. He held two ministerial posts – commissar for nationalities from 1917 to 1923) and for state control from 1919 to 1923. 

He became the secretary-general of the Central Committee, from 1922 until his death in 1953. This provided the foundation for his dictatorship.

Was Joseph Stalin Married

In 1904, he married Ekaterina Svanidze who died about three years later. They had a son named Jacob, who Stalin often called a weakling. When his son was captured by the Germans, Stalin refused an offer from the Germans in exchange for his son.

His second wife was Nadezhda Alliluyeva, whom he married in 1919. They had two children Vasily and Svetlana. Due to Stalin’s cheating, Nadezhda committed suicide in 1932.

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