Thai ex-PM: Thanks for seizing my money

Not everyone can see the bright side after being ousted in a military coup and having your assets seized. But former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra is a glass-half-full kind of guy:

"I do not know whether I should condemn or thank the military junta that has frozen my assets in Thailand, otherwise I probably would have invested a lot in the stock exchange and lost it."


Mexican drug lord makes Forbes billionaires list

Forbes released its annual billionaires list today and not surprisingly there are a lot fewer of them. One interesting new name did manage to sneak onto the list this year. Joaquin Guzman Loera of Sinaloa, Mexico, is tied for #171 on the list with an estimated fortune of $1 billion.

Guzman's industry is euphamistically described as "shipping," but "El Chapo" is actually Mexico's most infamous drug lord and has a $5 million bounty on his head. Guzman is the first trafficker to make the list since Pablo Escobar in 1993.

FP's new photo essay has more on Mexico's ongoing drug violence.

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