Inside the lavish lives of dictators’ wives
Widow Grace Mugabe lived a life of luxury as Zimbabwe's first lady, splashing out $A109,000 on a single shopping trip and $A655,000 on a Rolls Royce as seven million in her country starved.
But the shameless "First Shopper", also dubbed "Gucci Grace" - whose brutal leader husband Robert had his funeral last weekend - isn't the only member of the dictators' WAG club to become notorious for her extravagance.
From collections of designer shoes that would fill six cars to making aeroplanes U-turn mid-air in order to buy cheese, first ladies across the globe have displayed staggering lavishness.
Some have even stolen their own citizens' money to fund their lavish habits.
Here are other WAGs who have enjoyed first-class lifestyles, no matter what the cost.
SHOE ADDICT IMELDA MARCOS
For Imelda Marcos, there's no such thing as too many shoes.
Now aged 90, Ms Marcos amassed more than 1200 pairs of shoes during her 21 years as the first lady of the Philippines.
She also reportedly splashed out millions on jewellery and artwork, while her husband Ferdinand Marcos tormented poverty-stricken Filipinos with his corrupt and brutal regime.
Mr Marcos ruled the country for two decades and placed it under martial law in 1972, during which time thousands of people were jailed, tortured, killed or disappeared.
He was also accused of accumulating more than $10 billion while in office.
As well as having expensive taste, his wife once reportedly ordered a plane to do a U-turn in mid-air because she had forgotten to buy some cheese in Rome.
She also demanded to take home a 1.2 metre sugar Santa from a Bloomingdale's store window during a Christmas shopping trip to New York, People magazine reported.
But her flashy lifestyle came crashing down in 1986 when her dictator husband was overthrown by a popular, army-backed uprising and the family fled to Hawaii.
They took hundreds of belongings with them, including 24 gold bricks and 413 pieces of jewellery, but left Ms Marcos' shoe collection behind at the presidential palace.
"They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes," she would later say.
The former president died in exile in 1989, and his widow was later allowed to return with their children to the Philippines - where hundreds of her shoes have been put on display at a museum in Manila.
But last year, she was hauled before the courts for making $200 million worth of illegal bank transfers to Swiss foundations during her time as Manila governor.
She was sentenced to at least 42 years in prison after being convicted of seven counts of corruption - which the 90-year-old continues to deny.
She remains on bail, pending her appeal.
'LADY OF DEATH' ASMA AL-ASSAD
British-born Asma al-Assad was once known as "Syria's Princess Diana".
But the First Lady is now a reviled figure in her own country, with activists calling her "the Lady of Death" and accusing her of being complicit in the slaughter of women and children.
Born in London to a family from Homs City, Ms al-Assad and her husband, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have an opulent palace estimated to be worth $A1.47 billion.
In 2012, Wikileaks published private emails from Ms al-Assad, 44, showing she'd spent $A455,513 on 130 pieces of furniture when the bloody civil war had been raging for one year.
She splashed out on a Harrods vase, five chandeliers, posh candlesticks and a rug costing thousands - as well as a pair of $A9100 shoes with crystal-encrusted heels.
Her favourite shoes are Louboutins, with the First Lady emailing a pal and relative about the designer footwear in February 2012, according to the Guardian.
HANDBAG QUEEN ROSMAH MANSOR
Meanwhile, the former first lady of Malaysia, Rosmah Mansor, has a penchant for handbags.
The 67-year-old second wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak reportedly accumulated an enormous collection of 567 luxury bags.
She also indulged in expensive shopping sprees during her 2009-2018 term as First Lady - while her people struggled with the rising cost of living.
The Wall Street Journal reported she racked up credit card charges of at least $6 million between 2008 and 2015 in major cities across the world, including London and New York.
Once, Rosmah even complained about having to pay 1200 ringgit ($A418) to get her hair dyed - when Malaysia's minimum wage was 900 ringgit ($A313) a month.
The former first lady and her husband are now under investigation over an alleged multibillion-dollar scam involving the state fund, 1MDB.
The US Department of Justice said millions of dollars from the fund were spent on jewellery for Rosmah - including a $A39.7 million pink diamond necklace set.
However, Mr Razak told Reuters his wife never received this set.
Police also discovered 272 Hermes bags worth nearly $A19.1 million, 1400 necklaces, 2200 rings and more than 400 watches at properties linked to the couple.
Ms Razak, who claimed many items were gifts, is currently on trial accused of money laundering, abuse of power and criminal breach of trust - all of which he denies.
His wife, meanwhile, has denied charges of money laundering and tax evasion.
CRIMINAL ROSA ELENA BONILLA
Rosa Elena Bonilla is the most recent first lady to have dramatically fallen from grace.
Just this month, the 52-year-old - who was first lady of Honduras from 2010 to 2014 - was jailed for 58 years on charges of fraud and undue appropriation of funds.
Bonilla was accused of misusing the equivalent of $A1.1 million in funds during her time as first lady that came from international donations and public funds.
These funds were meant to be used for social programs, but prosecutors said Bonilla had used them to buy jewellery and pay for her kids' tuition and construction work.
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