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A Million Dollars Cash is Not Carry-on Friendly

July 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM | by | ()

Mo money, mo problems. Sounds like a problem we all wish to have, if at least for a minute.

Even millionaires, billionaires, and trillionairs have cash problems and Christo Wiese is no exception. Back in 2009, South Africa's third wealthiest man ran into some issues with border officials in the UK when he tried to fly from the London to Luxemburg with 3 suitcases full of cash. We're talking full of cash to the tune of the equivalent to $1 million US dollars.

The vision of a suitcase filled with perfectly stacked bank notes wrapped in rubber bands comes to mind. This is exactly what was in all bags Mr. Wiese tried to move across borders. The UK government confiscated his money alleging it might be obtained illegally. This seems like a drop in the bucket for this guy since his lawyer has claimed it is about 2 weeks of income for his client and a fraction of his total net worth.

Legal battles are continuing as the billionaire wants his hard earned cash back, claiming it was actually legally earned from diamond deals as far back as 30 years ago. Sounds like a perfect excuse, right? This does beg the question: did he complain about the checked baggage fees for the 2 cases filled with cold hard cash?

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