Dictator's daughter

Is Gulnara Karimova, the first daughter of Uzbekistan, the greediest woman in the world?

Gulnara Karimova. (Photo by Yves Forestier/Getty Images for Style.Uz Art Week 2013)

Allow us to introduce you to Gulnara Karimova, the first daughter of Uzbekistan. In some parts of the world, Karimova needs no introduction at all — because she’s a deeply reviled figure. In fact, a leaked 2005 memo from the U.S. embassy described the perception most Uzbeks had of her as “a greedy, power-hungry individual who uses her father to crush business people or anyone else who stands in her way.” Without a doubt, Karimova, 43, is beautiful and she seems to be aware of and even relish her looks. She once reportedly proclaimed that she is “grateful to God that he gave me my height, my face, my features.” But she’s more complex than the fawning over her own looks might suggest. Karimova, a key diplomat who graduated from Harvard University, was once seen as the heir apparent to her father, Islam Karimov, who has ruled the country for 25 years. But according to a new report in Bloomberg, her unbridled greed and ruthlessness has brought about a “spectacular fall” from grace. She’s reported to be under house arrest, but at the very least she is isolated and supervised by her father’s security forces. Last year, photos of Karimova emerged and caused a stir as they apparently showed evidence of her under house arrest. These days, she’s also under investigation for her alleged role in a series of bribes that are said to total more than a mind-boggling billion dollars.

Read the full story at Bloomberg.

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