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Well, since there isn’t a game scheduled…

30 May 2012

This is funny:

Ricardo Salinas Pliego, the second richest person in Mexico and CEO of  a lot of things, including Mexico’s second network, TV Azteca, decided that his network will ALSO air the upcoming second Presidential debate… but only because there isn’t a futbol game scheduled that night.

The first debate, TV Azteca bowed out claiming a scheduling difficulty, and — probably for the first time in Mexican history — more people watched the news show than the futbol game.  Of course, maybe people tuned in for a glimpse of the pulchritudinous and curvaceous Julia Orayen.

Salinas Pliego has a … um… checkered past, having been fined 7.5 million dollars by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in return for having charges dropped against him in one shady stock deal involving TV Azteca, and several of his various companies have been investigated over the years by the Mexican equivalent organization. Other than admitting that “there were a lot of thieves” involved in the privatization of the television networks, he had to take over what became TV Azteca “because it was a drain on the government.”

This photo was taken yesterday… why is it super-rich guys can’t shave themselves properly?

Which nicely avoids saying whether or not he should include himself among those  thieves.   Still, considering that at the time, Salinas Pliego was with a group of 2000 or so of his employees from one of his other companies,  Grupo Electra (both a retail chain marketing to lower-income consumers and a bank specializing in small savings accounts and micro-loans at exorbitant interest rates), listening to a speech by AMLO, the second-richest Mexican said (my translation):

We [and he was quoted using the royal “we”] have our agreements and disagreements with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. We agree that the government wastes money and spends too much.  I have know him for years and he was a good governor for Mexico City. I agree with him that the budget this year amounts to expenditures of 422 million pesos per hour that, if they were distributed among families, would work out to 11 thousand pesos a month each.

Which might help his Banco Azteca clients pay off the outrageous interest payments on those micro-loans written at Electra stores.

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