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America's Cup for Idiots: Yachting Magnate or James Bond Villain?
Scott Lucas | Photo: Creative Commons; Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing; Prada Group; Hartmann Studios; Adi Bitar | July 1, 2013
Pop quiz: Match the character in the slideshow below with the accompanying bio.
It’s hard to keep track of the motley assortment of billionaires who stand behind (or sail with) the America’s Cup teams. It’s harder still when you realize how similar they all seem to Ian Fleming’s bad guys. See if you can match the pictures above with the bios below. Answers on the next page.
1. Son of an Italian-American Air Force pilot, created an early computer database for the CIA, flies a MiG-29 fighter jet, and owns 98 percent of a Hawaiian island.
2. Noted aficionado of horse racing, made a fortune in microchips in the early ’80s.
3. Gold smuggler, tried to irradiate Fort Knox’s gold supply with a stolen atomic weapon.
4. English socialite of Azeri descent, head of her family’s oil company, locked in a business dispute over an oil pipeline in the Bosphorus.
5. Swedish oil magnate with rumored ties to a Russian dictator, hid out in Switzerland to escape tax obligations.
6. Italian head of an international syndicate, feared for summary dismissals of underlings.
7. Polish head of an international syndicate, feared for summary dismissals of underlings.
8. Prince of a small petrostate and head of an international airline, alleged to have had a secret wife and child living in London.
Have you sorted super villain from Cup hopeful? Click here to reveal the true identities of this motley crew.