The question of being rich and having power is probaby more prevalent in countries like the Philippines, Malaysia, some African countries etc. than it will ever be in the United States. I lived in the Philippines during the whole of Ferdinand Marcos' reign and Americans have no idea what true abuse of power really is. Secondly, insurance fraud, accounting fraud, illegal business practices gets punished much more heavily in the US than in Sweden or Italy or the UK. In fact, there are many examples of businessmen in Sweden destroying a company via illegal practices and getting a huge bonus for it (e.g. include the CEO of Nordbanken (Barneus), Skandia Insurance, etc.).