There are two types of dictators.
The first is “kings” or “khans”.
They appropriate power for a long time and “squeeze” the maximum of material benefits out of it, become the richest people in their country, their family members and friends are firmly established in the Forbes list, they own yachts, airplanes, newspapers, steamships.
The “Kings” have so much money that they obviously will not have time to spend it during their lifetime, but with maniacal persistence they continue to save and distribute to relatives, mistresses, friends. In this way, they strengthen their power and buy the loyalty of their inner circle.
Usually, the “kings” do not have time to use their wealth, because it rests solely on power. As soon as they lose power, they lose wealth. Often, the money “squeezed” by the “tsars” from the national economy after their fall or death goes to their relatives or friends, and sometimes just crooks.
The second are the “leaders”.
These also appropriate power for a long time, but unlike the first, they prefer not to convert it into money, but get everything in kind: influence on all political processes, full control not over money, but over their owners. The peculiarity of such “daddys” is that they base their power on an idea. Most often it is the socialist idea of free education and health care, gas and potatoes, as well as hatred of internal and external enemies. The image of enemies in the face of oligarchs and Western states is created by the “daddys” themselves. Such ideas are very popular with ordinary people and feed the popularity of the “leader”.
To match the idea, the “leaders” demonstrate their selflessness, live modestly, often communicate with the people, play popular sports, publicly chastise their subordinates.
It must be admitted that the power of the “leaders” is stronger than the power of the “kings”, although both are motivated by one thing – keeping power in their hands at any cost. Money and an idea are just tools in the struggle for this goal.