Playing the numbers game: why America’s money is irrelevant to Mubarak


So Hosni Mubarak is worth US$70 billion, according to the Guardian.

This puts all the hubbub about American aid money made by many commentators (myself included) into perspective. Let’s do some maths.

$70 billion (Mubarak’s fortune) ÷ $1.5 billion (US aid to Egypt) = 46.67

This means that if  Mubarak wanted to (he doesn’t want to, but he’s being made to do quite a few things he doesn’t want to do at the moment), he could completely replace all US aid money for 46 years and eight months. He’d be 128 years old by the time the money ran out – and there’d also be quite a few tired protestors in Tahrir Square.

If you were confused about how much leverage the US really has, I think that has just answered your question.

VERDICT: Thieving presidents go 4th, and tend to drag their country with them.

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