Saturday, January 19, 2019

I have a dilemma: plunder my coffers or win US$5 million. What should I do?

Thanks for your letter, Pip. I assume you’re referring to the Ibrahim Prize, which you can win if you just run your country like everyone expects, and then step down when the ‘constitution’ says you should. So your dilemma is: do I go for the easy money, or do I squirrel away my country’s funds in an offshore bank account till some trigger-happy general shows me the door?

I admit, it does seem like a cop-out to take the money. And no-one likes a wimp. Also, depending on how good you are at maths, you could probably get much more bang for your buck by ferretting and squirrelling while you monkey around in office.

Still, as Tim Ferris says in The 4-Hour Workweek, “People don’t want to be millionaires—they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy.” In other words, there’s not much point being a millionaire if you don’t have time to spend your millions. I think. I’ll read the book to check. Anyway, take the money, Pip. No one won it last year, so maybe they’ll double your money. Buy a boat and take a long, long trip. You can rule your flotsam with an iron fist, if that’s what you like to do.

Yours in bananas,

Daddy Chimp



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