Thursday, December 11, 2008

Indonesia's richest man no more ...

Times are tough all 'round, apparently. And not just for Detroit automakers or Wall Street investment banks. Just ask poor Aburizal Bakrie.

The Master of the Universe - business tycoon, Indonesia's richest man in 2007, cabinet minister to boot - has been bumped from his position atop the country's wealthiest, according to Forbes magazine. Heck, he's not even a billionaire anymore.

So who's the fellow with the deepest pockets now? Meet Sukanto Tanoto, pulp-and-paper king with a $2-billion net worth (although even that's been carved in half in a single year). Next up are the Hartono Brothers (sounds like a WWE tag team), Budi and Michael, who get a royalty every time you suck on one on those irresistible Djarum clove cigarettes.

As for Welfare Minister Bakrie, well, he might be applying for welfare soon himself. He dropped to a shameful ninth. We'll be taking donations to help him out.

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Therry said...

I am delighted to hear that. I hope that situation will get even worse because him and his family should get their comeuppance after what they've done to Sidoarjo and its people.

Saying they don't have money whilst Adinda get to hold a 2 billion-worth of wedding reception - that's so much BS!

Christopher Taylor said...

Yes, quite tragic. But somehow I think they'll work the system and manage to make a few billion more. It always helps to have friends in high places! :)

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