Austere, Devout Ayatollah Is Secretly As Rich As The Shah
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  • lukelea

    I saw an estimate by a McKinsey associate that the total holdings of assorted third-world crooks and politicians in off-shore tax havens on the order of $15 trillion! The problem isn’t that these underdeveloped countries don’t have assets, he noted, the problem is that they are all in Miami (with the assistance of all the big Wall St. banks he added).

    Just one more reason for OECD countries to outlaw secret bank accounts and shell corporations as part of a global effort to enforce civilized norms around the world.

    • Corlyss

      Ah, yes. The alleged OECD’s push to render ineffective the banking and tax havens. Why, just 13 years ago one of the targets was the US. Since then, all OECD nations have reduced their tax rates, while now the Americans are the ones with the high taxes and they’re going higher.

  • Andrew Allison

    I’m shocked, shocked to learn that given the opportunity to steal legally, anybody would actually do so. Such a thing could never happen on Wall Street, right? Or on the part of government agencies empowered to confiscate property.

  • Corlyss

    “Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, secretly runs a financial empire that would give the Shah a run for his money.”
    No foolin’? What the heck’s the point of being the Big Cheese if you can’t get rich in the process? Obviously the ascetic appearance is only for public consumption. It hardly matters anyway. Iranians can’t do much about their circumstances and Obama would work hard to see that they couldn’t succeed even if they tried.

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