The Actor Ramin Rastad playing Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in TV
Rafsanjani has been described as a pragmatic conservative. The Economist called him a “veteran kingmaker”. He supported a capitalist free market position domestically, favoring privatization of state-owned industries and a moderate position internationally, seeking to avoid conflict with the United States and the West. He was also the founder of, and one of the Board of Trustees of, Azad University. In 2003, Forbes estimated his personal wealth to be in excess of US$1 billion.