Boris Yeltsin was a Russian politician who had a net worth of $2 million at the time of his death in 2007.

Boris Yeltsin served as the first president of Russia and is credited with transforming Russia's economy.

Yeltsin was born on February 1, 1931 in Butka, Ural Oblast and then grew up in Kazan, Tatar.

He was born into a poor family that were ethnic Russians who had lived in the area since the 18th century. 

His father was Nikolai Yeltsin and his mother was Klavdiya Vasilyevna. Yeltsin was not very close to his father, who was abusive to his children and wife.

Yeltsin did well in school and studied as Pushkin High School. He then attended Ural Polytechnic Institute where he studied industrial and civil engineering. 

 He finished his studies in 1955 and began work with the Lower Iset Construction Directorate. 

He spent the next decade or so working on construction projects and joined the Communist Party in 1961.