Warren Buffett's Son Is Spending Millions Pretending To Be A Border Guard
Howard Buffett is the son of Warren Buffet, America's least-bejeweled billionaire overlord. He runs the Howard G. Buffett foundation, which receives $150-$180 million every year from its only donor (his dad). That foundation certainly does good around the world, but it also seems that Howard is investing a lot of cash and energy in pretending to be a border patrol officer. Which is, like, the second-least-cool law enforcement job. (Sorry coast guards, there's a reason you didn't make it into Hamilton.)
According to an investigation by The Phoenix New Times, Buffet has been buying up ranch land running along 7.5 miles of the Arizona-Mexico border. The place is bristling with surveillance equipment, including a 100-foot communications tower rising above a fortress-like compound 300 feet from the border. Photographs indicate that Buffett sometimes personally deploys "in the field" on armed patrols, searching for border crossings with his personal squad of off-duty Illinois police officers.
Decatur Police Dept.Proving once again that you aren't really rich until you're "hunting the poor for sport" rich.
The foundation has also spent tens of millions on the Cochise County Sheriff's Department, supplying them with drones, helicopters, Bearcat armored assault vehicles, Glock .45s, and customized Ford F-150 Raptors, complete with leather seats, among other things. In 2014 alone, he gave the department $6 million -- pretty good when county funding is only $15 million. In recognition of his generosity, Buffett was made a member of the Sheriff's Assist Team and given special approval to outfit his car with flashing lights and sirens.
But Cochise County says Buffett does not have law enforcement powers. That's weird, because their records also say he has carried out multiple traffic stops. You know how it is when you've had a long day at work and decide to blow off steam by hitting the highway and enforcing some safety laws. Somebody should really have told this guy he could become an actual police officer, but as it is, we're stuck with Paul Blart: Wall Cop.
A Russian Billionaire Founded A Fake Space Nation
Private islands are for chumps. If you've got weapons manufacturing money, like Igor Raufovich Ashurbeyli, you buy your own country. You might hit a snag when you find out that all the countries have been taken and none are currently for sale, but he got around that by forming his country in space. Proving that even LARP is better when you're rich, he rented Hofburg Palace in Vienna just to stage the ceremony in which he declared himself head of state of the "Space Kingdom of Asgardia," which is the equivalent of convincing the queen of England to let you host a Star Trek convention at Buckingham Palace.