Lifestyles of the Rich and Socialist: From Chavez to Castro, leaders who lived the excessive existence

Socialist leaders attain to energy promising to equalize society.

But, in the phrases of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” their followers rapidly learn “some are more equal than others.”


American democratic socialists absorb faced scrutiny for their private indulgences below the capitalist design — to illustrate, Sen. Bernie Sanders has three properties and a proclivity for non-public jet hump.

But American socialists’ luxuries light when compared to these of historical past’s most harmful socialist and communist leaders across the arena.


Hugo Chavez introduced socialism to Venezuela and as soon as mentioned that it’s “harmful” to be rich. But his family lived in opulence even because the comfort of the nation has in most as a lot as the moment years descended into hunger and violence.

Chavez, regardless of now no longer being filthy rich when he used to be democratically elected as president of Venezuela in 1998, used to be price between $1 billion and $2 billion at his death, constant with world possibility diagnosis agency Prison Justice Global Buddies.

Chavez’s daughter, Rosinés Chávez, as soon as posted an Instagram listing of herself with celeb Justin Bieber, and any other of her posing with U.S. cash – at the same time as odd Venezuelans seen their existence financial savings worn out by million-p.c inflation attributable to the manager printing too critical cash.

Typical Venezuelans are excited.

“Claims of social justice and equality are ridiculous … The elites led by Chavez absorb stayed filthy rich thru corruption and theft of cash,” a Venezuelan college student named Roxana suggested Fox Files in texts translated from Spanish.

“In Venezuela, there is a actually particular be conscious to confer with family and chums who absorb the profit of executive cash. They are ‘enchufado’ [‘well-connected’].”

But on her conclude, Roxana says she finds it exhausting to rep first rate meals and she steadily fears being attacked – Venezuela now has a ruin rate twice higher than Detroit’s.

‘Socialism in Venezuela loves miserable individuals so critical, it multiplies them.’

— Venezuelan adage

Surveys additionally expose the widespread Venezuelan has lost 24 kilos due to lack of meals.


Roxana mentioned a total joke in her nation in regards to the upward push in crude poverty: “Socialism in Venezuela loves miserable individuals so critical, it multiplies them.”


The Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, at some level of his reign, claimed to are living in a humble fisherman’s hut.

“The fisherman’s hut used to be indubitably a luxurious commute residence,” Castro’s light bodyguard, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, writes in “The Double Lifetime of Fidel Castro.”

In step with the bodyguard, the Cuban dictator received more than 20 admire properties at some level of the island.

Castro additionally continually relaxed on a ninety-foot yacht embellished with exotic wooden imported from Angola. He additionally had almost never-ending beachfront property to himself.

Castro lastly made it to No. 7 on Forbes’ list of richest world leaders, which estimated his wealth at $900 million. Castro denied being so filthy rich.

With all his wealth and energy, Castro additionally had after all five mistresses, constant with his bodyguard.

Soviet Union

The tip chief of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics had rep entry to to a network of palaces, autos and delicacies. Alternatively, Soviet leaders lived as a lot as their beliefs in a single attain: they by no attain officially owned any of it. Upon death, the issues they ragged went to the subsequent chief.

Joseph Stalin cherished American-made Packard autos, and had several.

Soviet leaders and bureaucrats additionally had their private elite, queer design of grocery stores, hospitals and colleges — even while odd Russian voters usually waited for hours to settle meals.

“There used to be now no longer loads of meals to settle from, but in Moscow it used to be restful fit to be eaten,” Vladimir Yankov, a Soviet scientist who used to be born at some level of Stalin’s reign and who later immigrated to the US, suggested Fox Files.

He mentioned he by no attain entered a special retailer for the political elite – but that twice in his existence, he received a reward of fine Indian tea from properly-connected chums with rep entry to to the stores.

“A rep together chief of a metropolis with one hundred,000 [people] used to be paid a wage five times the nationwide average,” Yankov recounted, “and had an condo size five times the nationwide average, plus a automobile with a driver.”

In 1985, 15 p.c of Soviet households had a automobile. Within the U.S., by distinction, households had a median of neutral about two autos.

But Soviet elites’ wealth used to be steadily much less ostentatious and flashy than that of American billionaires and celebrities, making issues more equal in that stretch.

Yankov mentioned that, to him, social democracies esteem Sweden struck a lawful steadiness – they reject frail aspects of socialism such as executive possession, but additionally provide beneficiant welfare.

“The disaster in the Soviet Union used to be the leaders’ stupidity, now no longer their consumption habits – after all for me,” Yankov mentioned.


China’s constitution states that it “is a socialist recount below the individuals’s democratic dictatorship led by the working class” – yet, its leaders are living critical better than workers.

China suffered more deaths than every other nation due to hunger attributable to the manager takeover of farms. Sixty-five million individuals absorb been killed, per The Murky Book of Communism.

“The leaders by no attain supposed for themselves to be these who absorb been tightening their belts,” Marion Smith, govt director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, suggested Fox Files.

“Mao [Zedong] is a obliging instance. He had a rotating harem of underage ladies,” Smith mentioned. That is per Mao’s light private doctor, who later moved to The United States.

“Mao used to be sitting in his luxurious pool, talking to Western journalists, while 1000’s of 1000’s of Chinese died of hunger,” Smith added.


Nicolae Ceaușescu, dictator of the Socialist Republic of Romania from 1965 to 1989, claimed his executive would relief in “the molding of the contemporary man and the promotion of socialist ethics and fairness.”


But Ceaușescu himself owned 15 palaces, at the side of one full with gold lavatory fixtures, silk carpets, and a backyard with peacocks. He owned a lot of yachts, and the Guinness Book of Historical Blunders records him as having provided his pet canine, Corbu, with its private motorcade.

Maxim Lott is Executive Producer of Stossel TV and creator of He’s also reached on Twitter.