Korean chicken mogul buys Napoleon hat for his 'spirit'

The self-made South Korean chicken mogul who bought a hat worn by Napoleon for $2.2 million said Tuesday he saw the French emperor as a mentor and kindred spirit, and would have happily paid more. "I can understand and relate to many passages of his life," Kim Hong-Kuk, the 57-year-old founder and chairman of the poultry giant Harim Group, told AFP. "I've always thought there were certain similarities between him and me in terms of thinking and decision-making, though I'm nowhere near being as great as Napoleon." The chairman of South Korea's top poultry processing firm shelled out nearly 1.9 million euros for one of Napoleon's famous two-pointed hats at an auction in Paris on Sunday.  Kim started out as a teenager with around a dozen chickens and built a conglomerate with additional interests in pork processing, animal feed and retail that posted annual sales of 4.8 trillion won ($4.4 billion) last year.

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