Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5493 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4046 times:
After doing some research it's evident that Hariri is loaded...hell, back in '87 the man offered Amine Gemayel $30,000,000 to resign the presidency six months early and then offered the Syrians $500,000,000 to permit the succession of Johnny Abdo, the head of Lebanese army intelligence, who would then appoint Hariri prime minister of Lebanon. Gemayel declined but still, if a man can offer a sum of half a billion dollars for a single political favor, I think now that he can afford a 777. Wouldn't it be nice to have that sort of money to throw around?
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Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8395 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4037 times:
KL911 and CRJmx: Lebanon isn't a poor country. It may have a phenomenal national debt, but it has the most banks and the most plastic surgeons relative to it's population - in the world. Two pretty interesting barometers. There are slums and Palestinian refugees but it doesn't feel poor, Beirut is rammed with posh high rise apartments and you're nothing if you don't drive a BMW or a Merc. And it is a democracy.
Rafiq Hariri is a billionaire thanks to his previous life in property and construction in Saudi. None of his wealth is a result of being the Lebanese PM, indeed he is PM because his personal fortune makes him incorruptable. I'm not even sure if he draws a wage as PM. To compare him to Saddam or make out that Lebanon is some kind of third world dictatorship shows considerable ignorance.
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LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2712 times:
The 777 pictured in the thread starter was in ATH last Saturday. We parked right next to it. I enquired about it and was told a totally different story. According to my information, the plane belongs to a former teacher of a Saudi Prince's kids. This teacher has since become a major construction firm and owns the plane. I find this a bit hard to believe. i mean, any businessman can have his own private jet. But a 777?