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The most recent candidate in the rush to rule is Andrej Babis, a big man in a small state. In the Czech Republic, a country of 10.5 million people, Babis has amassed a Trump size fortune estimated by Forbes to be more than $4.1 billion US (about $5.1 billion Cdn).
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Andrej Babis, Czech billionaire and leader of the ANO political movement, reacts during a pre election debate Oct. 4 in Vsetaty, central Bohemia, near Prague. He is projected to win the election this Friday and Saturday. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)
Top of the list, of course, is Donald Trump, whose worth Forbes estimated at $3.1 billion US ($3.9 Cdn), followed by Petro Poroshenko, the chocolate billionaire who is the president of Ukraine. Then there is Silvio buy canada goose jacket cheap Berlusconi, no longer the boss but the richest of them all at roughly $15 billion and the man who led Italy for nine canada goose store years until 2013.
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Naturally, you pledge to park your vast fortune in a trust or the equivalent and even, if you are Berlusconi, to reach into your vast pockets to help your country’s economy. In all four cases, this promise was quickly forgotten.
Berlusconi’s government passed no fewer than 18 laws to safeguard his fortune and to protect him against criminal fraud cases linked to it.
Several thousand people attend a protest against Babis, who was finance minister at the time, and canada goose black friday sale President Milos Zeman in Wenceslas Square in Prague in May. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)
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He can boast of his record in office high growth, low unemployment and the first government surplus in years.
Protesters demonstrate against Babis and Zeman last May. That month, Babis was replaced in his role as finance minister by former Microsoft executive Ivan Pilny. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)
But his refusal to distance himself from his conglomerate Agrofert, a vast web of companies employing 33,000 and dominating the Czech agricultural sector, is causing him headaches.
In January 2017, the Czech parliament banned cabinet officials from owning media or more than a quarter of any firm bidding for state contracts or EU subsidies. This is known as the Babis law.
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And just a month before the elections, police revealed they were recommending criminal charges against Babis.