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Former Indonesia general wealthiest in poll line-up

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Former Indonesian general Prabowo Subianto, who is standing for vice president, is the wealthiest candidate contesting the July election, data from the anti-graft agency showed, owning 27 companies worldwide and about 90 horses.

Prabowo, 57, who is teaming up with opposition leader Megawati Sukarnoputri in the election, is estimated to have personal wealth of $160 million, Reuters quoted the agency as saying in its report.

The ex-general, who was once married to one of former strongman President Suharto's daughters, owns plantations and mines in Indonesia, as well as businesses in Argentina and France, an official from his Gerindra Party said.

He also has about 90 horses worth $5,000 each, some at his estate in Bogor, West Java, an official from the anti-corruption agency said, after verifying Prabowo's wealth report.

Under Indonesian law, presidential and vice presidential candidates are obliged to disclose their wealth as part of efforts to boost transparency in a country with endemic graft.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, whose vice presidential candidate is former central bank governor Boediono, also faces a challenge from Vice President Jusuf Kalla and his running mate former general Wiranto in the July 8 election.

Sulawesi-born Kalla, whose extensive family business interests range from construction to real estate, came in second place in terms of wealth with $29 million, the data showed.

Former president Megawati was third with about $14 million, while Yudhoyono was at the bottom of the list with $920,500, according to the data.









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