The ultimate contest between power and money: the world's richest man loses 4600 billion overnight
In history, money is the fat sheep of power.
We often say: If you have money, you have power; if you have power, you have money.
But in reality, this is not always the case.
The fierce battle between power and money is cruel. According to legend, Shen Wansan, the richest man of the Ming Dynasty, built the city wall from Jubaomen to Shuiximen in Nanjing at his own expense, but he eventually ended up losing his family property and being distributed to the army.
At the moment, behind the world’s richest man Bezos’ cheatingHidden in the real world, the shadow of power and money contest...
On one side is the world's richest man with a net worth of US$1371 billion;
On the other side are Saudi Arabia, the power of the Middle East, and Trump, the most powerful man in the world.
The richest man's 25-year marriage suddenly broke down
According to the 2019 Forbes Rich List, the richest man in the world is Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.
He is worth 1371 billion U.S. dollars (about 9200 billion yuan), and his wealth is greater than the GDP of two thirds of the world's economies in one year.
Bezos' business empire
What's more enviable and hateful is that Bezos also harvested a perfect love. Bezos and his wife MacKenzie (MacKenzie), both graduated from the Ivy League prestigious Princeton University, and work in the same company.
After 3 months of acquaintance, the two became engaged, and 6 months later, they entered the palace of marriage.
Mackenzie accompanied Bezos to create the Amazon business empire.
The love between the two also spread throughout the world following media reports.
After showing love for 25 years, Bezos suddenly announced his divorce from Mackenzie in January this year.
The two said in a joint statement that they were lucky to meet each other in this life, and were grateful for each other. "Even if we predicted the ending 25 years later, we will still marry." They will continue to be friends in the future. Share life.
The whole world is sighing: This divorce statement is more moving than a marriage statement.
But the cruel thing is that according to local laws in the United States, Mackenzie can be allocated half of the property, which is 1 billion US dollars.
Corresponding,Bezos' wealth will shrink by half, which is the most expensive divorce in the world.
Insert a sentence: After the richest man revealed the news of the divorce, I immediately made an interpretation of wealth, and friends who are interested can take a look (see "The world’s richest man’s 4600 billion break-up fee reveals an amazing wealth trend》).
Can a tabloid take down the richest man?
This divorce statement was issued three days before Bezos' 55th birthday. It seems that the choice of days is a bit hurried.
On the second day, the famous American tabloid "National Enquirer" (National Enquirer) disclosed Bezos's extramarital affairs in the form of a cover report.
The National Inquirer claimed that they had conducted a four-month follow-up investigation on Bezos, spanning 4 different states, traveling 5 kilometers, and photographed Bezos dating former news anchor Lauren Sanchez. Many of the pictures are unimaginable and indescribable.
It is said that Bezos knew in advance that the cheating was revealed,Be the first to announce the divorce in order to maintain the "last decent".
4 months is a key word, please pay attention.
But a tabloid newspaper is the first to report the secrets of the derailment of the world's richest man, which is worthy of scrutiny.
Regardless of whether it is in politics or the business world, it attaches great importance to confidentiality work, and it is even more unconscious about private life, especially the unscrupulous private life.
Moreover, the National Inquirer also disclosed several explicit text messages between Bezos and Sanchez. For example, Bezos wrote in one: "I love you, energetic girl. I will soon Use my body, lips and eyes to prove it to you."
It is said that Bezos even sent nude photos of himself.
If we say that the richest man’s security and confidentiality work has been sparsely secreted, and the paparazzi followed him, it is also excusable.
but,Interception of communication records is no small matter.
You know, back then, the United States used its national power to monitor the phone calls of important leaders such as German Chancellor Merkel.
The communication security measures Merkel used, I believe Bezos can also afford it.
Bezos offends the Saudi royal family
The “National Inquirer” used too much force for a while, and illegally obtaining communications is a crime. So, it just defended that it was Sanchez's brother Michael Sanchez who leaked the text message ($20).
However, Michael Sanchez quickly denied this claim.
On the other hand, Bezos asked his long-term security consultant Gavin de Becker to lead the investigation.
Soon, Bezos himself made public information on the Internet: he received a "blackmail" from AMI American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Inquirer.
In the email, AMI asked Bezos to make a public statement, denying that the National Inquirer’s previous report was politically motivated or influenced by political forces. Otherwise, it would publish private photos that made Bezos more embarrassing, such as "Bei Sos wears a black shorts and a full-body selfie with a wedding ring", "Sanchez in a red low-cut dress" and so on.
As the saying goes, "There is no silver or three hundred taels here", through emails, people believe:It is a special force that wants to engage in Bezos,It's not as simple as tabloid hype.
AMI lawyers said that the message to Bezos was not "blackmail"
After two months of investigation, De Baker published an article in the media saying:
Our investigators and several experts came to a conclusion with great confidence: Saudis can hack into Bezos' mobile phone to obtain private information.
Of course, this statement may be reasonable.
As mentioned earlier, the "National Inquirer" investigation of Bezos' derailment took place four months before the divorce, which is around September 4.
During that period of 2018, another major event happened: the well-known Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was cruelly mutilated and killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 10.
Khashoggi suffered this misfortune mainly because he slammed the Saudi royal family and reportedly directly offended Saudi Crown Prince Salman.
I also did an analysis of this incident at the time, and friends who are interested can look back (see "Saudi journalist died tragically in Turkey, but Trump was grilled in the middle of the game》).
The big boss behind is Trump?
So, things may be more complicated.
Someone broke into the line of sight, he wasU.S. President Trump.
After knowing the news of Bezos' divorce, Trump immediately expressed his "congratulations" to Bezos: I wish him good luck, this will be a beautiful thing.
In fact, Trump and the parties involved (Bezos, National Inquirer, Saudi Arabia),The Quartet has an extremely complicated relationship with each other.
1. Trump-Bezos: Long-standing grievances
Simply put, Trump and Bezos,The most powerful man on earth, the richest man on earth, are hostile to each other.
The two were originally well watered, Trump built houses and hotels, and Bezos engaged in e-commerce.
However, Trump participated in the general election in 2015 and frequently burst out shocking remarks, which are incompatible with the ideals of the American elite.
Therefore, Trump has not been treated by the elite. According to data from the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), in the general election, the contributions made by the US Silicon Valley technology elite to Trump were less than 1/50 of his opponent Hillary Clinton.
especially,For Amazon, Trump has been bombarded.For example, Trump accused Amazon of lobbying to evade taxes on a large scale; Amazon's massive package of packages cost the U.S. Postal Service billions of dollars each year.
He also directly named Bezos as a "tech oligarch." Because of Trump's bombardment, Amazon evaporated 400 billion US dollars in market value.
Bezos also pointed at Maimang.
In the general election, Bezos publicly condemned Trump for "eroding our precarious democracy. He also said that he would throw his opponent into jail. This is obviously not the right move."
He even said,Use your own rocket company to send Trump into the sky and make him disappear.
After Trump became president, Bezos has restrained, but still refuses to buy Trump.
Bezos's "Washington Post" once published a full-page advertising message, offering a $1000 million reward for materials that would allow Trump to be impeached and removed.
2. Trump—The National Inquirer: Offensive and Defensive Alliance
David Pecker, the owner of the National Inquirer, is Trump's long-term ally and important donor.
He also came forward to do a lot of "dirty work" and "tiring work" for Trump: before the 2016 election, he paid $15 to Mike Dugor, a former "Playboy" girl who had an affair with Trump. Bought out the publishing rights of her and Trump scandal.
A close ally of Trump said privately:Whether the president committed an impeachable crime, the whole question depends largely on Peck’s testimony.
Trump and David Peck
3. Trump-Saudi Arabia: an extraordinary business relationship
After Khashoggi was killed, the whole world condemned Saudi Arabia. But only Trump supported and defended Saudi Arabia.
"Washington Post" (note: Bezos's "Washington Post" again) scolded, "Trump has issued a license to kill every tyrant on the planet."
But then, the American media dug up that Trump has extraordinary business interests in Saudi Arabia.
to some extent,The support of Saudi Arabia is indispensable for Trump to have today.
In 1991, Trump went bankrupt due to a divorce. At that time, Saudi Prince Talal bought Trump's private yacht "Princess" for a price of 2000 million yuan, which made Trump breathe. A few years later, he bought the Plaza Hotel, which Trump was losing money, for US$3.25 million.
Trump later opened eight companies in Saudi Arabia, and did not withdraw from Saudi Arabia until he was elected to avoid suspicion.
Now, the Saudi government team also likes to settle in the Trump family's hotel and promote the Trump family's business. In March 2018 alone, the Saudi Crown Prince's entourage stayed at the Trump International Hotel in New York, which increased the hotel’s quarterly profit by 3%.
Moreover, Trump's son-in-law Kushner has a deep friendship with Saudi Crown Prince Salman.
In October 2017, Kushner visited the Saudi Palace secretly, and the two talked until late at night. Soon after, Salman put a group of royal family members and opponents under house arrest with an iron fist. It is hard to say that there is no encouragement or support from Kushner or the United States.
After Khashoggi was killed, Salman also called Kushner himself.
4. Saudi Arabia—The National Inquirer: The Power of Money
It is said that, because of Peke’s effective “secondary election”, Trump specially invited Peke to the White House dinner.
At the dinner, through the needle threading of Trump’s son-in-law Kushner,Peikko received financing from Saudi Arabia.
In March 2018, when Salman visited the United States, Peikko's company also produced a 3-page exquisite magazine, calling Saudi Arabia the "new kingdom."
Of course, everything is still hazy.
What can be determined is:
The relationship between Bezos and Trump has been at odds for a long time.
Because the "National Inquirer" broke the news, Bezos was forced to announce his divorce.
Saudi Arabia can hack into Bezos' mobile phone, but Saudi Arabia does not admit that it is connected with the report of the National Inquirer.
The "National Inquirer" once threatened Bezos to issue a statement proving that the "National Inquirer" report was not politically motivated or influenced by political forces.
Bezos lost nearly $690 billion in wealth almost overnight.
In history,Money is the fat sheep of power.
I hope such a tragedy will not happen to Bezos.
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