Just Don’t Call Me Rich!

Fidel Castro has once again made Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest people, based on unearned income. Castro’s fortune is now estimated at more than one-half billion dollars; he may have stolen a higher percentage of his country’s wealth than any tyrant in modern history.
Castro is shocked to be described as rich:

Cuban President Fidel Castro has criticised Forbes magazine for the “infamy” of listing him among the world’s richest people, with a net worth of $550 million.
“Once again, they have committed the infamy of speaking about Castro’s fortune, placing me almost above the queen of England,” Castro said in a speech on Thursday to top officials of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party, military and police.

Here’s what I really love: “Castro, 78 and in power since a 1959 revolution, said he was considering suing“. I suppose if you’re a “Communist” dictator, being outed as a semi-billionaire is libel per se. It could have been worse, though. Forbes could have disclosed Castro’s decades of sexual predation; his history is depraved enough to qualify him as a U.N. peacekeeper.