Playboy dictator feasted on caviar as his people starved
Published 20/12/2011 | 05:00
KIM JONG-IL, the North Korean dictator who died on Saturday aged 69, presided over the systematic impoverishment and starvation of millions of his people, while enjoying the life of a spoiled playboy -- fast cars, fast women, cellars of vintage French wines and a passion for 'Rambo' and 'Daffy Duck' videos.
The son of North Korea's self-styled "Great Leader" Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il (known as "Dear Leader") became the first ruler of a Communist state to gain power through inheritance on his father's death in July 1994.
A pudgy, unprepossessing figure with bouffant hair and platform shoes, Kim Jong-il was initially thought to lack the elder Kim's low cunning and populist flair. Many predicted that his tenure would be short-lived.