Mexican Government Slams "Forbes" for Including Drug Lord on List of Billionaires

Mexican attorney general Eduardo Medina Mora is speaking out against Forbes Magazine’s annual list of the World’s Billionaires and their inclusion of Sinaloa Cartel head Joaquín Guzmán Loera. CNN is reporting that Medina Mora spoke to local reporters during a drug traffic summit in Vienna, Austria last week. “I will never accept that a criminal could be recognized as someone distinguished, even if it is by a magazine like Forbes,” he said, according to CNN. In essence, he feels the magazine is “comparing the deplorable activity of a criminal wanted in Mexico and abroad with that of honest businessmen” and that the figure of his $1 billion fortune is pure speculation.

The list, which includes the world’s richest people, ranks Guzmán Loera at number 701 of 793 total billionaires. Steve Forbes, the magazine's editor-in-chief, issued a statement on Saturday: “It is deplorable that someone like this has a billion dollars.” The magazine, though, he said is just reporting the facts. “Forbes has listed other criminals from Meyer Lansky (1982) to Pablo Escobar (1987-1993) on our Rich Lists.”

Mexican President Felipe Calderón has also expressed his dissatisfaction. “Public opinion and now even magazines not only attack and lie about the situation in Mexico, but now also praise criminals,” he said while speaking at a business summit in the country’s capital. “In Mexico,” he said, “it is considered a crime to praise criminals.”