Sure we’ve all heard of the eccentricities of the rich. Some bathe in tubs full of Dom, others need three hair-dressers for their elaborate comb-over. These Billionaires though are so horrible they could easily have been playing across from James Bond. Here a list of these wealthy but loathsome people.
1. Gina Rinehart
This lady could easily rival Dr. Evil. She came into her wealth via inheritance of iron mines. Even so she dejected her critics by saying: “spend less time drinking or smoking and socializing, and more time working.” Yeah because your money came through hard work and passion, not a dead relative. It gets better, (or should I say worse) Rinehart has looked into using atomic bombs to open a harbor and to making mining more efficient in her native Australia.
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2. Harold Simmons
As a child I used to watch a show called Captain Planet. He was basically a super hero composed of all the elements (earth, wind, water and fire, oh and heart for some reason) and battled polluting capitalists villains. The vile Mr. Simmons would definitely be on his most wanted list. Harold Simmons, after lobbying for years (which is a polite way to say bribing politicians), created nuclear waste stores in West Texas. That’s bad enough, but then you realize that his dump sites sit above massive underground water tables. The fact that one of those water deposits is just 14 feet below a store of nuclear medical waste puts the cherry on top of this glowing irradiated pile of a Sunday. Apparently, he hadn’t heard of “Don’t mess with Texas” because he’s made Texas a radioactive mess.
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3. Joaquín Guzmán Loera
How could this be a list of horrible billionaires if we didn’t include one that acquired his money via murder, extortion and kidnapping? Mr. Guzman is a Mexican Narco-trafficker that rivals the notorious Pablo Escobar in wealth, gall and violence. His calling card and warning to opponents and law enforcement? Decapitation of course.
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4. The Uzan Family
Not exactly an individual but in this case we’ll make an exception (my article my rules, moving on). The Uzan family moved from Bosnia to Turkey in the early Twentieth Century. They began building an empire based in construction and banking and by 2001 started Turkey’s first private television station. This is where things start to get a bit sketchy. They also started an oppositional political party and it was speculated that they used both their media and political influence to act clandestinely. After putting the full court press on Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (using the media and their political party) he countered by having the Turkish Government seize 219 of the family’s companies. You really can’t cheat as effectively if your opponent’s going to play dirty too, right?
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5. Tie: Viktor Bout/ Dan Gertler
I read about these two and I really couldn’t decide who to go with: one deals arms to extremists, the other buys minerals from dictators that stole them from the native population in the first place.
Viktor Anatolyevich Bout was a translator for the Russian army that ended up running “air freight” to regimes or combatants that no one would touch with a ten feet pole of ethicality. His “air freight” has been used to shoot down commercial airplanes, prolong wars and insight revolt in unstable countries (see violent para-military over throws of democratically instated governments).
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This second saint of man treaded on the land where more than a million civilian deaths had taken place, the Republic of Congo. If you think he stopped there you haven’t been paying attention. He funded that genocide to the tune of $20 Million dollars which bought him exclusivity for mining diamonds and other valuable minerals in the country. Just to reiterate the moral brevity of this man, he funded the killing of millions of people to be able to take advantage of that same country’s rich natural resources.
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Have I missed someone on this list of shame that deserves to be tarred and feathered? Then please leave a comment in the section below. Excuse me for an hour though, I need to go sit in a corner and rock myself to sleep after that parade of sub-humans.
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