When we look at the sanctions that Canada and other countries have imposed against Russia, what exactly are we talking about? In part, we’re talking about hitting Vladimir Putin and others in their personal wallets, because they happen to be enormously rich, and getting richer.
The granddaughter of Nikita Kruschev, who now teaches in the U.S, says the old KGB boss who loves to take his shirt off is worth at least $40 billion. Not bad for a career civil servant, but Putin is by no means lonely at the top of the wealth pyramid.
As you might expect, the multi-billion club include people like the oil shieks of the Persian Gulf and the King of Thailand. Our own Queen Elizabeth manages to get by with a paltry $450 million in the kitty, not counting the crown jewels.
People who are elected to high office all seem to do pretty well despite coming from humble beginnings. John Key has been Prime Minister of New Zealand for almost six years. He was almost a foster child when he was a toddler. When he grew up, he became an auditor and a currency trader before getting in politics, and he’s now worth $38 million.
Barack Obama has held the most powerful job in the world since 2008. They won’t to have to hold any socials for he and Michelle when they exit the White House. The Obamas are worth an estimated $10 million. It’s kinda doubtful that he’ll go back to his old job in the Senate.
When he is asked to list his occupation, aside from his elected title, Stephen Harper puts himself down as an economist. He must know something because Harper’s net worth is estimated at $5 million.
Paul Martin was the last guy to live at 24 Sussex. He’s worth more than $200 million, and how about old Fidel Castro down in Cuba? Would you believe $900 million?
Who’s counting anyway.
I’m Roger Currie