Three arrested in blackmail attempt on BMW heiress, Germany's richest woman


F. Scott Fitzgerald was right when he wrote that the rich are different. But sometimes, such as in the case of Susanne Klatten, Germany's richest woman, they are just plain dumber than average folks.

Klatten, heiress to the BMW fortune, was allegedly getting blackmailed over steamy sex tapes with Helg Sgarbi, dubbed the "Swiss gigolo" by the German media. (Some readers are probably skeptical of the notion of a "Swiss gigolo." I always thought the Swiss expressed their passions through cheese with holes, cuckoo clocks and designing a secret banking system. Clearly, I have much to learn about the Alpine country.)