I was just browsing some of the world’s countries by GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and noticed that some of those countries have a lower value than some of the richest people in the world. Rwanda for example has a GDP of about $6 billion, while the tiny island state of Tuvalu has a GDP of $10 million.
Say I’m Steve Jobs and I have some money to burn, and I also have a strong desire to save the mountain gorillas, could I just buy Rwanda? And even if I have baser goals (and am a bit short on cash), and just want to chill on the beach without being disturbed, could I just buy it and claim the title of Tuvalu’s Emperor Eternal?
If so, how would I go about it? Should I just bring a brief case of cash to the sitting ruler and sign a contract? Would it be tax deductible?