Best way to rob a bank is to run one – MoneyWeek

AsurveylastweekrevealedthattheaverageBritishbankrobbermakeslessthan£10,000fromeveryraidhecarriesout。

“Whataresuchpoorsapsthinkingof?

Binthemask,thesackandeventhegun。

Getsmart。

Becomeabankbossinstead–theskillsarethesame。



Thesetopbankers,Hastingsgoeson,are“today’shotshotheistartists。

TheycollectswagonascalebeyondtheGreatTrainRobbers’dreams,andnoneofthemgoestoprisonevenwhenthefiguresshowthattheyarepocketingmillionsfordeliveringdisaster。



Hastingssayshehasa“smidgenofsympathy”forStephenHester,thebossofRBS,whoinherited“ahistoricshambles”fromFredGoodwinandwaivedhisbonuslastyear(thoughonlyafterpressure)。

But“therestofthemarepillagingtheirbusinesseswithoutshame,bringingtheentirecapitalistsystemintodisrepute。

IcannotthinkwhyanyonewouldvoluntarilysitdownatatablewiththelikesofBobDiamond。



Thetrialsofbeingabillionaire

Oneofthetrialsofbeingabillionaireisfindingworthythingstospendyourmoneyon。

Onceyou’vegotenoughsuperyachtsandprivatejetstobegoingonwithyoucanalwaysbuyyourselfanisland,andthatiswhatLarryEllison,CEOofthetechnologycompanyOracle,andthesixthrichestmanontheplanet,hasjustdone。

Andnotjustanyoldisland。

It’s141squaremilesofHawaiicalledLanai,with3,200residents,twoluxuryhotels,twochampionshipgolfcoursesandaschool。

For$380m,he’sbought98%ofLanai,including50milesofPacificcoastline。

It’ssaidtobethemostexpensiveprivatepurchaseinhistory。

A$640,000shoehabit

Ithadtohappen。

Plentyofrichwomenownabsurdnumbersofshoes。

Sosoonerorlaterashoecollectionhadtofeatureinadivorce。

Sureenough,aNewYorkhedge-fundmanagerisnowsuinghisex-wifefor35%oftheshoessheowns。

DanielShakclaimsBeth,hisex-wife,kepttheshoeshiddenastheythrashedouttheir$2mdivorcesettlement。

AccordingtotheDailyMail,MrShakallegesshehoardedtheshoesina“secretroom”intheirNewYorkapartment。

ButMrsShak,aprofessionalpokerplayer,claimsshefundedhershoehabitwithherwinnings。

Sheplanstofightherex-husbandalltheway。

Youmightwonder:whysomuchfuss?

TheansweristhatMrsShak’s1,200pairsaresaidtobeworth$640,000。

Tabloidmoney…“I’lltellyouwhat’smorallywrong,David…”



DavidCameronthinksJimmyCarr’staxavoidanceschemeis“morallywrong”,saysJeremyClarksoninTheSun。

“I’lltellyouwhat’smorallywrong,David。

Youtakehalfofmymoneyeveryyearandspenditonanaircraftcarrierthatcan’tevencarryanyplanes。

Youspenditon‘aid’toIndia,acountrythatisperfectlycapableoflookingafteritself。

Youpaymassivesubsidiestobuildwindfarms,whichyouknowareuseless…Andthat’sbeforewegettoMrBlair,whospent£12bnonanNHScomputersystemthatdidn’tworkandhadtobescrapped。





“NancyDoolally-OsaysthemodernWAGSaren’tasglamorousasthose–herselfincluded–whoattendedthe2006WorldCupinGermany,”writesJaneMooreinTheSun。

Nancyadvisesthemtobehavewith“decorumanddignity”。

ButnowwefindoutthatNancy’sformerboyfriend,Sven-GoranEriksson,ishavingtoresorttolegalaidtoevictherfromhis£2。

7mLondonflat,whereshehasbeenlivingrent-freesincetheypartedin2007。

“Hewantstosellit,butsheclaimstheyhadaverbalagreementthatshecouldstaythereindefinitely…Commonsensedictatesthatsheshouldstandonherown,JimmyChoo’dfeet。

Nottomentiondecorumanddignity。





Teachers’pensionwarriorChristineBlower“won’tbeshortofafewquidwhenherownretirementcomesalong”,saysTheSuninaneditorial。

“ThemilitantNUTleaderhasenjoyedamassiveincreaseinunioncontributionstoherpensionpot–upby£10,000to£36,128。

That’sontopofher£106,235basicsalary。

Ofcourse,it’suptotheunionhowitspendsitscash。

Butmembersmayaskwhytheyareurgedtostrikeandlosemoneywhiletheirleadercoinsit。



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