It's bad enough that Mubarak won't take his boot off his people's neck, but he also wears a very expensive one while doing so.
According to Juan Cole, he has a personal fortune of $70 billion dollars!
Referring to Wael Ghonim's reasons for wanting to unseat pharoah, Cole wrote:
He wants an end to Egypt’s crony capitalist state, which allowed Hosni Mubarak to accumulate a fortune of $70 billion while 40 percent of Egyptians live on $2 a day or a little over that. Ghonim told CNN, “The plan was to get everyone on the street. The plan was number one we’re going to start from poor areas. Our demands are going to be all about what touches people’s daily life. And by the way we honestly meant it. One of the very famous videos we used all the time to promote this was a guy eating from the trash.” ( emphasis original)
I've asked Juan Cole on his blog "Informed Comment" to verify this. If anyone in Open Salon community has information on this, please send links or sites my way.