"I've Been Called a Thief"

After 20 years of wrangling over the allegedly ill-gotten wealth of ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos, his widow Imelda, who turns 77 next week, and the Philippine government may be nearing a settlement. She spoke with TIME's Nelly Sindayen about wealth, friends and her shoes.

How rich are you? If you know how rich you are, my dear, then you're not really rich. Frankly, I don't want to put numbers [out there] ... The vultures want a piece of the Marcos meat.

How did your husband become so wealthy? Marcos was a gold trader. When he entered politics in 1949, he had tons...

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