Trains, Yachts and Cellphones: Photos of Kim Jong-un’s Worldly Possessions
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is one of the world’s most reclusive men. Save for the occasional dispatch from his propaganda-spewing North Korean news channel, or the photos snapped by defectors who manage to escape the Communist inferno, we rarely get a peek into Mr. Kim’s lavish lifestyle.
Which is why this photo, allegedly taken inside the dictator’s high-security personal train, is so exciting.
According to the Chosun Ilbo newspaper, the picture, which was screenshot from a North Korean television program, reveals Mr. Kim (center) aboard his all-white private train with other government officials, including military chief Choe Ryong-hae (to Mr. Kim’s left). It’s allegedly the first look inside one of the armored trains that he uses to move around the country and to travel to Russia.
North Korean publications have previously published photos of the exterior of the train, which he inherited from his father, Kim Jong-il.
Mr. Kim spends vast amounts of state money on luxury goods and the “advancement of his personality cult,” while the general population starves. Scouring the country’s propaganda news sources and using screen grabs from Google Earth, we’ve pulled together some other snapshots of the dictator’s other worldly possessions.
According to a photo released by North Korea’s Central News Agency last January, Mr. Kim uses a Taiwan-made HTC smartphone. The phone rests to the left of his stacked papers.
Here’s Mr. Kim’s alleged yacht, a 95-foot Princess MY. There’s no saying when the dictator purchased the vessel, but boating reports reveal he visited it at North Korea’s “August 25th Fishery Station” last May.
Google Earth screenshots of the mansions owned by Kim Jong-Il reveal sprawling residences, complete with “horse arena,” “monument” and exterior villas.
And, naturally, this water slide.
We don’t have photos of the $33.1 million of wine and liquor that Mr. Kim imported in 2012, or the dictator’s alleged pricey Patek Philipe watch (estimated cost: $84,000-120,000) or even the ski equipment he’ll use to slalom at his new ski resort.
But we do have video footage of the dictator handing out Swiss timepieces–engraved with his father’s name–to soldiers and country officials. And a photo of him riding a freshly built chairlift sans skis.