Kim lives the high life on private isle, says ex-NBA star

FRIENDS WITH KIM: Retired NBA player Dennis Rodman said he spent most of his North Korean trip horse-riding, jet-skiing and drinking with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


    Oct 22, 2013

    Kim lives the high life on private isle, says ex-NBA star

    FORMER National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un enjoys a luxurious life with seven-star accommodation, parties and a yacht, the British media reported.

    Rodman, who made his second visit to the communist country for seven days last month, provided a glimpse of a private island where he and his "friend" Kim spent most of their time horse-riding, jet-skiing and drinking on a yacht.

    "It's like going to Hawaii or Ibiza, but he's the only one who lives there," the 52-year-old retired basketball player said in an interview with The Sun.

    "He likes people to be happy around him. He's got 50 to 60 (people) around him all the time - just normal people, drinking cocktails and laughing the whole time."

    Rodman added that Mr Kim's private island has seven-star facilities that would impress the world's wealthiest people.

    North Korea's imports of luxury goods have soared under the current leader, reaching US$645.8 million (S$800 million) last year, more than double the average of US$300 million a year under his late father Kim Jong Il, according to data from ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker Yoon Sang Hyun. The report showed the most noticeable surge was found in imports of high-end liquor and electric appliances.

    North Korea's authoritarian leader, known to be a big fan of basketball, first invited the former Chicago Bulls player in February. They watched an exhibition basketball game, and later drank and dined together in Pyongyang.