Egypt got me thinking. A billionaire would clearly have enough money to fund and run a coup, whether non-violent, relatively non-violent (riots with mostly property damage, or an all out military coup d’état. At minimum, the billionaire could pull it off with mercenaries like Blackwater with plenty of air support. It could be done.
But what of the U.S. or international consequences. Sure, you could declare yourself dictator of your own scrap of land somewhere in the Pacific, but no one cares. What government could you topple, and take over as dictator for life without suffering too much international retaliation - mostly in military form, but we can count embargoes too.
So imagine our hypothetical U.S. billionaire liquidates his assets, cashes out so to speak, and wants his own country. He’s driven by ego much more than looking for a profitable section of land - natural resources, et al. ** How big can he go and get away with it?** Toppling an existing dictatorship seems like the best route. You certainly wouldn’t want to attack a democratic country, for instance. African dictators seem ripe for the picking.