Let's set the record straight here

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That rumor about Lex Luthor asking for a billion dollar bailout is absolutely ridiculous.

First, a billion dollars is peanuts to Lex Luthor. The man has built for himself private space stations *multiple* times. Him asking for just a billion makes absolutely no sense.

Second, a financial crisis wasn't likely to hit somebody, let's not mince words here, who sold their computer and software systems to most major corporations in the world and has a long history of building backdoors in his devices.

Third, and perhaps just as important, none of the very few people who are nearly as smart as Lex are very much focused on amassing money and power. That is because they aren't, in fact, quite as smart as he is.

Lex Luthor saw the financial crisis coming. Lex Luthor rearranged his legal and illegal investments to best take advantage of it. Lex Luthor triggered it when he was ready.

Lex Luthor does something like this every few years to depress market values and buy whatever he wants on the cheap. Then he lets the market rise again, consolidates what he wants to keep and sells the rest, and then he does everything again.

Lex Luthor has, at any point in time, as much wealth as he wants to. He can't really let himself feel too good about systematically taking money from an entire planet of barely sentient "businesspeople," and he wouldn't dedicate so much time to this if he hadn't his war with Superman and all the interesting things he can do to him with the judicious application of wealth and power.

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Fic: Win-win scenarios (PG13, DCU)

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