Crime Does not Pay even the Super Rich

The super rich are finding they must develop hiding places to which to flee.

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This makes so much sense! You get so rich that you have to go into hiding forever… and you can’t enjoy the fruits of that wealth.

From the U.K. Mirror: “Panicked super rich buying boltholes with private airstrips to escape if poor rise up.”

Super rich hedge fund managers are buying ‘secret boltholes’ where they can hideout in the event of civil uprising against growing inequality, it has been claimed.

Nervous financiers from across the globe have begun purchasing landing strips, homes and land in areas such as New Zealand so they can flee should people rise up.

With growing inequality and riots such as those in London in 2011 and in Ferguson and other parts of the USA last year, many financial leaders fear they could become targets for public fury.

Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, told people at the World Economic Forum in Davos that many hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes.

He said: “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway.”

Mr Johnson, said the economic situation could soon become intolerable as even in the richest countries inequality was increasing.

He said: “People need to know there are possibilities for their children – that they will have the same opportunity as anyone else.

“There is a wicked feedback loop. Politicians who get more money tend to use it to get more even money.”

His comments were backed up by Stewart Wallis, executive director of the New Economics Foundation, who when asked about the comments told CNBC Africa: “Getaway cars the airstrips in New Zealand and all that sort of thing, so basically a way to get off.  If they can get off, onto another planet, some of them would.”

He added: “I think the rich are worried and they should be worried. I mean inequality, why does it matter?

These people are brilliant.

[See also, “Rich People Are Hedging against Doomsday.”]

How about you quit using government and Central Banks to guarantee your outsized and unearned takings, and then you won’t have to run and hide?

Nah, I know… logic… sense… fair dealing… who needs ’em?!? It’s so much better to be a crook who has to disappear into the wild for the rest of his life.