Some say that dictator Kim Jong Il, known as the "Great Leader" to North Koreans, is little more than a "cult leader." They point out the way he has systematically "brainwashed" his people and controls Korean society.
Well, like many historical cult leaders he also seems to have a penchant for living the good life, through the exploitation of followers.
While the people of North Korea remain largely impoverished and often go hungry Kim lives lavishly.
Newsweek (January 13, 2003) reported that the "Great Leader" is having a good time, while the world fears what he may do next.
On a special train ride through Russia Kim brought along his two armored Mercedes and told his host about the girls in Paris nightclubs. Later his beautiful female staff serenaded him. His beverage preferences for the trip were Bordeaux, Burgundy and Hennesy Paradis cognac at $650.00 per bottle. He consumed 20 course dinners.
Kim ordered 200 Class S Mercedes in 1998 for a total cost of $20 million. This beats Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh who ended up with just 90 Rolls Royces, by the time he was deported from the US.
Kim has also imported pizza ovens and two Milanese chefs to teach his staff how to make pizzas. And he doesn't like anchovies.
Where does all the money to pay for this come from?
Kim uses slave labor to mine gold in North Korea. And he reportedly has stashed away billions in Switzerland. The dictator also has a villa in Geneva as well as five other mansions in Europe.
In the end it seems that all that this "Great Leader" really represents, is a "Great Rip-off."