Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2008]
Imagine who would have such taste and live in such opulence?
An American Billionaire?
A Saudi Prince?
Louis XIV of France?
Savour the pictures then scroll to the bottom of the page to see who owns this Work of Art.
This Mansion is in Harare and belongs to:
The President of Zimbabwe - Robert Mugabe
while his people starve, and die because of no medical help....and we are asked to help his people over and over again... he and his family live like this...... his GREED kills his people.....
send this to everyone you know, they can send it to everyone they know, soon the world will know what this man is doing to his people.
Variations: A February 2010 variant sited the pictured mansion in Salt Lake City and attributed ownership to presidential candidate
Origins: In the mid-2000s, the South African press had been reporting for several years that Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, was building a personal luxury retirement villa just outside the Zimbabwean capital of Harare. A 2003 article described the in-progress mansion thusly:
The retirement villa is about three times the size of Mugabe's current official residence and offices. Each of the rooms in the house apparently has a different theme, for example an Arabic room, Chinese rooms and a section in the French style. It is not known whether there is a British room.
Four artisans from Morocco have apparently been carving the dome of the banquet hall for more than a year. The dome can be compared to the dome decorations of Saddam Hussain's palaces in Iraq.
According to Mugabe, the mansion was not built with ratepayers' money but with donations from countries such as Serbia (the construction work), Malaysia (which donated the wood), China (the roof tiles and also the design of the house).
However, it is not clear where the money came from for the Italian marble, the finest crystal from Europe, the sunken jacuzzis and carpets from the East.
The mansion has 25 bedrooms, a flat for each of the three Mugabe children, a helipad, swimming pools and servants' quarters.
Two artificial lakes form part of the extensive gardens.
The house is three times bigger than State House, official residence of the country's head of state
In fact, these photographs actually depict a home half a world away from Zimbabwe, a mansion in the tony Bel Air section of Los Angeles that has been extensively photographed inside and out because it is sometimes used as the site of location shooting for television programs and movies.
Last updated: 24 February 2010
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