Castro Challenges Claim of Wealth by 'Forbes'

Forbes annual list of rich rulers has Fidel Castro hopping mad. He was so upset when the financial magazine ranked him seventh-most wealthy — worth $900 million — that he went on TV on Monday. He held up a copy of Forbes — a magazine surely few Cubans actually read — and called its claims that he benefits from an empire of state-owned enterprises "repugnant slander." Castro said he would step down if the magazine could prove it.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

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Forbes annual list of rich rulers has got Fidel Castro hopping mad. He was so upset when the financial magazine ranked him seventh most wealthy - worth $900 million - that he went on TV on Monday. He held up a copy of Forbes - a magazine surely few Cubans actually read - and called its claims repugnant slander. Castro said he would step down if the magazine could prove he's rich.

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