The uncle seems to have a lot of properties in France, so they say (anti-corruption groups). Lucky man.
The group says that it was impossible for Mr & Mrs Assad to earn this amount of money from his presidential apanage so as to buy for examle, this property:
A chateau with 45 hectares of land just outside Paris, a series of apartments and a plot of land in the west of Paris, and a vast townhouse on the exclusive Avenue Foch with a view of the Arc de Triomphe said to be worth about €90m.
The groups claim that Assad’s fortune is far beyond what he earned as a military commander or vice-president before he left Syria in 1984. They allege that his holdings, including a luxurious seven-storey townhouse on one of Paris’s most expensive streets and several dozen others apartments, must have been amassed by pilfering Syrian public funds and abusing power.
More details at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/01/bashar-al-assad-france
These two British businessmen had something to tell each other. What they had said, we don’t know. The man in the middle of the picture shows that his lips are sealed . But surely they must have had a good laugh. Did they get rid of their US stocks and bonds just in time?
The city has been rated the least worthy to live in by The Economist magazine. To which I subscribe. Then there is a threat that the US will take some unspecified military action against Syria. Anyway I agree with the UN inspectors, they run for their lives. Obviously the property values in Damascus are greatly diminished. Perhaps a chance to buy?
For the time being the danger is over. Mr Obama & Co are still in talks with Mr Assad. Hold your horses.
No comment, Some of the top properties in London will be on the market. 性收费,섹스 요금
THE former girlfriend of Kim Jong-un has been executed by firing squad in a dramatic porn scandal as the North Korean despot’s totalitarian regime continues its brutal grip.
No matter what you had thought before, North Korea is open for business! Inexpensive labor, close distance to China and Japan!
This Dear Leader (亲爱的领袖) will not last for ever. Then there will be a lot of opportunities to become rich for astute investors.
Look at this
- Close to China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia etc
- Unspoiled areas for tourism and residential development -as it was 60 years ago (compare to other countries in the region)
- Eager and inexpensive labor force
wpj.com will follow the developments – we reckon there will be no war, the Dear Leader will behave as he should.
update: No problems so far. The Excellent Leader 优秀的领导者 has done nothing untoward. He is just bluffing (他只是唬人)
It is not a problem. What is a meager 10 billion dollars debt? Nothing. The tycoons from China are buying out properties in Cyprus. The reason?
We all want to take our money somewhere where it is safe and we want to live free (only my opinion, 10% tax on deposits is a small price pay for the freedom)
Update: there is now, it seems, the price to pay – 25 percent of your money deposited in the Cyprus Bank. Good luck. You should have kept your money under the mattress, preferably in gold coins.
Update: No, it is not 25 percent – it is 40 percent
Update: No, it is not 40 percent – it is probably 60 percent, thanks.
I thought it would have been a good idea to invest in some real estate in India. It is the second fastest growing economy, the largest world democracy etc.
However, the recent news about the social problems have caused me thinking about it again. It seems that we have an ongoing issue with the traditional way the males there treat the women.
Here is one recent example:
Swiss tourist raped by eight men in India
EIGHT men have raped a 39-year-old Swiss tourist and assaulted her husband in India. The crime took place at a village in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Saturday.The couple were travelling by bicycle from the temple town of Orchha to Seonda when they stopped to camp near the village.
Eight men attacked them with sticks, beat up and overpowered the husband and raped the woman, according to a police complaint made by the husband.
They stole the couple’s belongings.
I will let you decide if you wish to invest or move into this country.
Update It is now 4 locals (allegedly farmers) who are accused of rape but 6 are accused of theft. The original number of perpetrators has been reduced from 8 to 6.
: it is now 25% safer to travel on bike in India than a few weeks ago
I have come across this fantastic offer at luxury cottage for sale Zermatt.
Price: 22 500 000 CHF
Area 770 m2
“located just minutes away from the centre of Zermatt, occupying a landmark position. Created by the best architects and designers using the highest quality materials, this unique chalet reaches a 5-star standard. The 4.5 metre floor to ceiling windows in the lounge make the most of the stunning views of the village and the mountains, as well as the famous Cervin. The chalet is accessible through a private tunnel. It can sleep up to 10 adults comfortably and offers 5 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and private terraces with views of the village or the mountains, a fully-equipped gym, a wellness area with sauna, steam room and huge Jacuzzi, a library, an office, a home cinema, a wine cellar as well as a 360° living room around the open fireplace. The master bedroom covers an entire floor and benefits from a private bathroom, a dressing room and a Jacuzzi . An internal lift leads to each floor to facilitate the access.” says the selling agent Michaël Zingraf International Tél. +33 4 93 39 77 77
The problem I have is that the property of this size is only available for the residents of Switzerland. See for example How to buy property in Switzerland (or for those who read Russian Недвижимость в Швейцарии: высоко, дорого и практически недоступно).
To gain the residence permit in this top country is a major obstacle for non European citizens (this includes the USA). Tough luck. Invest elsewhere.