Billionaires Behaving Badly
Twelve mega-wealthy men and women who have put their fortunes toward questionable causes.
You may be surprised to see respected New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, on the list. Few would expect to find Stewart and Lydia Resnick -- the owners of Fiji water and Pom, the pomegranate drink -- in this company, either. Even John Paulson, who technically did not break any laws when he bet big against the subprime market (while selling investments his own firm was shorting), has his staunch defenders. Click through the headlines below to find out why we chose the wealthy figures we did, and let us know if you agree with our decisions. Are these billionaires behaving badly?
|The Koch Brothers
They guard their right to pollute with anonymous donations to climate change deniers, anti-regulation lobby groups and "grass roots" Tea Party meetings.
He thought the subprime mortgage market was going to fail, so he stepped up to the plate and... made himself rich.
The owner of Las Vegas Sands is relatively unknown in the U.S. In Israel, his name inspires self-censorship.
Famously pardoned by Bill Clinton, the "king of oil" traded with brutal regimes without any regard for U.S. laws or, some say, common decency.
The former eBay chief and current candidate in California's gubernatorial race has been accused of abuse and hypocrisy -- and that was before the illegal maid crisis erupted.
We know, we know -- he's been a wonderful mayor. Tolerant. Generous. Decisive. So why is he on this list?
|T. Boone Pickens
His new focus on wind power has won over environmentalists, but the eccentric billionaire remains unforgiven for some former sins.
Of this steel magnate's offenses, he who smelt it, dealt it.
Silvio Berlusconi says he reached the pinnacle of success though hard work and determination. But a bit of bribery and corruption never hurts, either.
|Lynda and Stewart Resnick
Are the owners of Fiji water and Pom juice practicing clever marketing? Or are they lying to consumers and ripping off Fijians?
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