The businessman and Monegasque resident confided in an interview in two Italian media.
Interviewed on video by mediawebchannel.it, as well as by the daily Liberotwo Italian media, Flavio Briatore shared on his Instagram account the fruit of his reflections on the creation of wealth.
« People have not understood that it is businesses and investments that create wealth. I’ve never seen a poor person create jobs, and yet they go after the rich “, he explains on mediawebchannel.it
The Monegasque resident then details his thoughts: “ the rich are not the ones who go by boat to the Caribbean. When you are rich, you invest permanently… We started with a turnover of 10 million, today it is 140 million and we have 1,500 employees. »
Remarks also made and detailed in an interview given to the daily Libero, again shared on Instagram. ” I was born poor, I don’t call ’em criminals “, title the article.
And for good reason, Flavio Briatore returned at length to the accusations that were brought against him, considering that he ” criminalized the poor “. Here again, the entrepreneur denies it: This is madness. I am the typical example of a person born poor, who built his wealth by working. »
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« We no longer encourage young people to work »
The opportunity for him to also detail his perception of social aid: “ my claims are not groundless accusations, but the result of what happens within my companies. When we do job interviews, the first things candidates ask are if they will have their weekends, what days off. They want to have more free time. The culture changes and the motivation is lacking.
I think they are now convinced that they will not make it and therefore they think that they might as well stay at home doing nothing and be helped by the citizenship income [un revenu universel, lancé en 2019, compris entre 480 et 9 360 euros par an, ndlr]. (…) I believe that helping those who cannot work and who have no other means of living is a sacred duty, but giving this grant to young people aged 20 or 25, in a country that thrives on the activity tourist between April and October, it’s madness. By force, we put companies in the sector in difficulty and we no longer encourage young people to work. »
According to Flavio Briatore, the problem would go even further. Asked about the storm that caused damage to his restaurant Twiga, in Versilia, last August, he denounced the way some people rejoiced in the face of the disaster: “ for a whole day, our misfortune made many people happy. It’s the way people, consumed by jealousy, by their resentment, prove how much they can’t stand it going well for someone. They would like things to turn out badly for everyone. If this hurricane had destroyed everything, they would have been even happier. Instead, thanks to our employees who worked thirty-six hours non-stop, we got it back on its feet and the next evening we reopened it as if nothing had happened. »