Friday, February 27, 2004

It's good work if you can find it!

Castro a Multi-Millionaire
Fidel Castro rules the poverty stricken population of Communist Cuba where the average citizen scrapes by on starvation wages while managing to become one of the world's richest men.

According to Forbes magazine's annual compilation of the world's richest people, while reducing what was once a prosperous nation to the level of a desperately poor third-world country the fatigues-clad dictator has amassed a personal fortune of $195 million.

"The fatigues-fitted Cuban leader has lorded over an impoverished nation of 11 million people for the last 45 years," Forbes reported, adding that Castro "is believed to have several lavish homes throughout Cuba. He travels exclusively in a convoy of black Mercedes-Benzes."

"Deals struck with European companies - such as the reported $50 million sale of Havana Club rum to French liquor company Pernod Ricard in 1993 - line Castro's coffers with some $20 million a year," Forbes wrote.
And if you claim to be "a man of the people," you can get the US media to help you achieve your dreams.