We are quite aware of the opulence with which Vladimir Putin is coddled. His $1 billion mansion, the gilded airplane, $700,000 worth luxury timepieces, a $200,000 high end audio system, all stand as a mark of his Czar-style life. And to top it all off he is ranked number 3 among the richest politicians in the world. According to a report called “The Life of a Galley Slave,” Putin, who has been credited with bringing stability to the Russian governmental system, has a paragon that includes 4 yachts, 43 planes – one of them has a $75,000 toilet fitted in it, 20 super luxurious homes, 15 helicopters. We can go on with the list.
One aircraft that is worth mentioning is the Ilyushin Il-96 aircraft that features an $18 million cabin fitted out by jewelers and leather that is imported from Italy by the same folks that fit Aston Martins.
A 2,300-acre residence that comes with a cinema, a bowling alley and a “presidential church” add up to the President’s vast riches.
The cost of Putin’s lifestyle is estimated to be $2.5 billion a year.
After looking at all this cornucopia, it’s hard not to stop and wonder if politics is really that bad of a career choice after all.
[Abcnews and Theatlanticwire and Reuters]