Saturday, July 2, 2011

Lords of Finance - On the wealth of political leaders

In France, we've heard a lot about the train de vie of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, with the Porsche incident, with the conditions of his initial house arrest($250000 per month for security and other measures), or with his dinner yesterday to "celebrate"(?) the new developments in his New York trial
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, celebrated the lifting of his bail conditions over attempted rape allegations by enjoying a $600 meal with his wife at one of New York's smartest restaurants.
Interestingly, there were other famous political leaders who enjoyed nice things, though different cars. From Lords of Finance:
Churchill was addicted to high living He had a Rolls-Royce and a chauffeur and by his own admission had never been on a bus or on the Underground. He kept an enormous retinue of twenty-four servants, and pampered himself with the finer things of life - silk underwear, champagne at every meal, Havana cigars, strings of polo ponies, and bouts at the gaming tables of Monte Carlo and Biarritz - and was predictably in perpetual debt.
The bottom line is that people might forget your fancy lifestyle if you're competent and you're good at your job, and if you don't sleep with prostitutes.

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