Someone once asked me, over an elegant dinner, how rich Filipino families “keep the money in the family.”
Me, of all people. Perhaps the least qualified to answer questions pertaining to Money.
“Oh, easy,” I breezily answered, “just like all rich people around the world!!!”
“Oh, the usual multiple lawsuits, business partners versus erstwhile partners, lovers versus erstwhile lovers, heirs versus other heirs, children versus parents, parents versus children, illegitimate children versus the family, siblings versus siblings [ actually everybody against everybody except for the family pets who have their own forms of litigation ], murder attempts [ sometimes successful ], kidnap attempts [ sometimes successful ], suicide attempts [ sometimes successful ], physical assault, forged signatures, falsified documents, corporate wars, preemptive rights, business sabotage, stock manipulations, dummy corporations, landgrabbing, evictions [ from mansions and penthouses ], arson, demolitions, unauthorized USD $ and Euro withdrawals in Hong Kong, New York, Boston, and Zurich, unauthorized pullouts of major jewelry from SDBs in Hong Kong, New York, and elsewhere, forgeries, keeping the dead legally alive [ for years ], killing living people legally, confinements in mental institutions, press revelations, social murder, robbery, outright theft, mental anguish, intrigues [ fabricated but self-fulfilling ], accusations [ oftentimes true ], confrontations, emotional blackmail… and all those other wonderful, traditional family values!!!” *laughsoutloud*
“Nothing original though… nothing like bomb implants in the brain. At least, not yet.” I added.
The soignee table was stunned. Guilty, guilty, guilty…???
It was a good answer, wasn’t it???