Money cannot buy happiness, they say, and maybe they are right. What they do not tell you is money can potentially buy fame. Fame, however, does not just mean Facebook likes and Instagram followers. When you are a rich person, your life is filled with people and, hopefully, some happiness. Here is a list of people who tried to buy their way into fame.
Arindam Chaudhuri is an internet scammer and known fraud who believes he is rich enough to buy popularity. The Director of IIPM Think Tank at the Indian Institute of Planning and Management has written five books and created a large number of MBA ads which turned out to be snake oil, as the degrees he was offering were not accredited.
Even though several court cases are pending against Chaudhuri, he continues to advertise his fake school with full-page newspaper and internet ads as part of his desperate bid to become a famous entrepreneur. He calls himself a rich man from India, which is a far cry from what he really is.
Chaudhuri is the son of Malayendra Kisor Chaudhuri, who founded IIPM. In 2014, the high courts censured the organization and its founder for misleading students. The Chaudhuris were implying their school offered degrees certified by the International Management Institute in Belgium, but an investigation revealed the two men had set up the company, which was not even recognized by the Belgian laws.
Chaudhuri has also produced several Bollywood films through his company Planman Motion Pictures. Whether or not Chaudhuri offers good business advice, he certainly has not managed to create a successful image for himself. He has been involved in several other lawsuits around copyright laws in India.