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America's Cup for Idiots: Yachting Magnate or James Bond Villain?

Scott Lucas | July 1, 2013 | Story

It’s hard to keep track of the motley assortment of billionaires who stand behind (or sail with) the America’s Cup teams. It’s harder still when you realize how similar they all seem to Ian Fleming’s bad guys. See if you can match the pictures above with the bios below. Answers on the next page.

1. Son of an Italian-American Air Force pilot, created an early computer database for the CIA, flies a MiG-29 fighter jet, and owns 98 percent of a Hawaiian island.

2. Noted aficionado of horse racing, made a fortune in microchips in the early ’80s.

3. Gold smuggler, tried to irradiate Fort Knox’s gold supply with a stolen atomic weapon.

4. English socialite of Azeri descent, head of her family’s oil company, locked in a business dispute over an oil pipeline in the Bosphorus.

5. Swedish oil magnate with rumored ties to a Russian dictator, hid out in Switzerland to escape tax obligations.

6. Italian head of an international syndicate, feared for summary dismissals of underlings.

7. Polish head of an international syndicate, feared for summary dismissals of underlings.

8. Prince of a small petrostate and head of an international airline, alleged to have had a secret wife and child living in London.

Have you sorted super villain from Cup hopeful? Click here to reveal the true identities of this motley crew.

1-F. Larry Ellison, Oracle Team USA
2-E. Max Zorin, A View to a Kill
3-D. Auric Goldfinger, Goldfinger
4-G. Elektra King, The World Is Not Enough
5-B. Torbjörn Törnqvist, Artemis Racing
6-C. Patrizio Bertelli, Luna Rossa Challenge
7-A. Ernst Stavro Blofeld, From Russia with Love (1963), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), and Diamonds are Forever (1971)
8-H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Team New Zealand

Click here to go back to the descriptions.

Read More America's Cup

How To Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the America's Cup
The Year in Fail
America's Cup Magnate or James Bond Villain?
A Field Guide to Fans
Ask a Bookie

An Abbreviated History of Cheats
Pier vs. Couch

The Fair-Weather Fan's Racing Calendar
Will Larry Ellison Actually Be Sailing?

What Happens If There's No Water?
Which Team Should You Root For?

Originally published in the July 2013 issue of San Francisco.

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