The nations that went from rags to riches
The world's wealthiest countries weren't always so affluent. Believe it or not, mega-rich nations like Switzerland and Singapore used to be seriously poor and had to overcome major economic obstacles to get to where they are today. Looking back over history, read on as we chart the rise of 10 countries that turned their fortunes around to become the most prosperous nations on the planet. All GDP figures from World Population Review unless otherwise noted and dollar values in US dollars.