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46. Who DROVE after 7 bottles of wine for 6 people??

Posted at 8:28PM on Oct 30th 2009 by dallasguy

He probably has a chauffeur.

1756 days ago


I don't care where you get it from, mac and cheese will only cost so much.

1756 days ago


I wish that I was the owner of that restaurant.

1756 days ago


I'm sure there are starving orphans in Russia who could have used that money to eat for a whole year! Why even report this crap?

Let's hope he got explosive diarrhea from the truffles and crapped all over his private jet. Jerk!!

1756 days ago


I bet that made the waiter(waitress)' day to get that kind of tip!

1756 days ago


Purely disgusted on account of this person and his buddies being no doubt liberal hypocrits.

1756 days ago

Congressman ron paul    


-in the Oil industry
-Owner of Chelsea Football Club
- Politician
-has 5 luxury yachts, and has 3 planes
-married twice
-6 children
-has security staff to a 40-person "private army", making him one of the best protected businessmen in the world

-restore in art and funds gallerys

-Allegations of illegal share-dilution
-Arrest for theft
-Allegations of loan-fraud
-Aluminium wars
-Antitrust law violation in Russia
-Allegation of blackmail

1756 days ago


If the rich stop spending their money, this country will go even further into a recession. The restaurant employs many people(most places in NYC split their tips evenly with all servers) and also keeps florists, linen suppliers and food & beverage distributers in business. Most billionaires donate millions every year. What should he do...keep it in the bank? Spending it does spread the wealth. Good for him.

1756 days ago


He earned his money a legitimate way, and he has the right to spend it however he wants!

The food was not that expensive, it was the alcohol, and who cares? If you have the money, spend it!

1756 days ago


I am appalled by the people who are mouthing this guy saying this money could have been used for orphans or hungry children or whatever! I am sure this guy donates to charities, if only for the tax break. This guy earned the money he can spend it how he pleases.

1756 days ago

J C    

Abramovich needs the publicity,
and Nellos needs the money to pay their suppliers.

1756 days ago

Balls has no Balls    

Give me some food!California won`t help!

1756 days ago


Who cares? He's inevitably helping out someone's business...good for the economy..SPEND SPEND SPEND!

1756 days ago

Congressman ron paul    

He earned his money a legitimate way, and he has the right to spend it however he wants!

The food was not that expensive, it was the alcohol
, and who cares? If you have the money, spend it!

Read more:


Alleged crimes and wrongdoing
Allegation of blackmail

Boris Berezovsky (his one-time business partner) alleged in 2008 that Abramovich harassed him with "threats and intimidation" to cheat him to sell his valuable shares at less than their true worth. Abramovich has been sued for US$3.3 billion(€2.35 billion/£2 billion).

Berezovsky is said to have[clarification needed] sold his stake in Sibneft for $650 million (€462 million/£326 million) at today's prices. He received $450 million (€320 million/£272 million), for the Rusal shares.[citation needed] He claims the price should have been much higher - US$2 billion (€1.42 billion/£1.2 billion) more for the Sibneft shares, and US$1.5 billion (€1.06 billion/£900 million) for Rusal. The former forestry engineer and used car salesman is claiming a total of US$ 3.36 billion (€2.39 billino/£2.03 billion), a significant part of Abramovich's estimated US$17.9 billion (€12.73 billion/£10.8 billion) fortune.[32] Berezovsky is believed to be worth around £500 million.

On 5 July 2008, The Times reported that Abramovich admitted he paid billions of dollars for political favours and protection fees to obtain a big share of Russia's oil and aluminium assets as was shown by court papers The Times obtained.[33]

Allegations of illegal share-dilution

Yugraneft, an affiliate of Sibir Energy, is seeking billions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit in London against Roman Abramovich and his investment company Millhouse Capital, alleging that it was cheated out of its Russian assets.[34] It alleges that another of Roman Abramovich's companies, Sibneft, illegally diluted Yugraneft's interest in their joint-company that had oil fields in Russia to 1% from 50%. The proceedings "involve substantial claims to recover the proceeds of the diluted interest", said Sibir Energy, a company co-owned by the billionaire Shalva Chigirinsky.

Arrest for theft

In 1992 he was arrested in a case of theft of government property: AVEKS-Komi sent a train containing 55 cisterns (tankers) of diesel fuel, worth Р3.8 million (Roubles), from the Ukhtinsk Oil Production Factory (Case No. 79067 for the large-scale theft of state property);[35][36][37] Abramovich met the train in Moscow and resent the shipment to the Kaliningrad military base under a fake agreement, but the fuel arrived in Riga. Abramovich co-operated with the investigation, and the charges were dropped after the oil production factory was compensated by the diesel's buyer, the Latvian-US concern, Chikora International.

Allegations of loan-fraud

An allegation emerging from a Swiss investigation links Roman Abramovich, through a former company, and numerous other Russian politicians, industrialists and bankers to using a US$4.8 billion (€3.4 billion) loan from International Monetary Fund as personal slush fund; an audit sponsored by the IMF itself determined that all of the IMF funds had been used appropriately.

In January 2005, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) indicated that it would be suing Abramovich over a £9 million (US$14.9 million/€10.6 million) loan.[39] The EBRD said that it is owed US$17.5 million (€12.45 million/£10.6 million) by Runicom, a Switzerland-based oil trading business which had been controlled by Abramovich and Eugene Shvidler. Abramovich's spokesman indicated that the loan had previously been repaid.

Aluminium wars

The Times[21][41] said that Abramovich "famously emerged triumphant after the “aluminium wars”, in which more than 100 people are believed to have been killed in gangland feuds over control of the lucrative smelters. He avoided the fate of a rival oligarch who annoyed the Kremlin and ended up being transported to jail in Siberia for ten years," and "Numerous officials and executives are said to have lost their lives".

Antitrust law violation in Russia

International Herald Tribune report that "Russia's antitrust body said Wednesday that Evraz Holding — part-owned by Kremlin-friendly businessman Roman Abramovich — has breached anti-monopoly rules, overcharging customers for coking coal."

1756 days ago


If I were a billionaire, I might on occassion pay $52,000 to treat a group of friends to lunch, too. He has the money and he is providing income to the restaurant and wait staff. No envy or disgust here.

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