Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has taken quite a fall since his days as a high-paid lobbyist. According to a Sunday report from the New York Times, Manafort was an enviable figure in Washington in his younger days. He’s described as “tall” and “good looking,” attracted to “opulence.” These days, the 69-year-old is sitting in a Virginia prison, on trial for bank fraud.
Through Manafort’s trial, we’ve learned quite a bit about his lifestyle, and boy, was it cool. “Manafort thought that if something was expensive, it meant it was good,” noted influencer Roger Stone told the Times.
Manafort is an icon to a new generation of grifters, inspiring all of us to live like we have all the money in the world, even when we’re millions of dollars in debt. Here’s a shopping guide (sourced from both the Times story and other reports) to channel that Manafort spirit. All you need are a few friendly oligarchs and a total lack of shame!
- a $15,000 ostrich skin jacket
- an $18,500 python skin jacket
- three houses (in 2012 alone)
- a $210,600 Yankees season pass
- a few dozen $1,500 shirts and $1,000 ties
- Concorde flights to Paris
- stays at the Hôtel de Crillon (more than $2000 per night for a suite)
- $45,000 for cosmetic dentistry
- $1.25 million on suits
- $934,350 in antique rugs
- two Range Rovers
- a Mercedes Benz
- $31,900 on art (in Florida of all places)
- rent and credit card expenses for your young mistress
- 15 shell companies to avoid taxes
- a stint in rehab
- a home television studio at your Hamptons house to conduct interviews on the weekends
- a lackey who will ultimately betray you