Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos of the Philippines: U.S. Military Bases in Guam & Hawaii
The former president of the Philippines and his glamorous wife were some of the most famous embezzlers in history. Not only did Marcos rule the Pacific island nation with an iron first, but with Imelda’s help, swindled billions of dollars from the United States, Switzerland, and major corporations. When their rule ended in 1986, Imelda’s closet of 2,700 pairs of shoes made global headlines. The Marcoses set off on a exile tour of U.S. military bases in the Pacific, running up personal expenses of $207,000 to lay at the feet of U.S. taxpayers. Among the expenses were $2,552 for shoes, $18,952 for clothes, and $19,971 for long-distance calls.