There are a lot of companies that are worth billions of dollars even though they’re not. Laypeople like us could never understand the intricacies of whatever tax evasion loophole is involved in massive buyouts of dying companies. Or, on a smaller scale, using a flamethrower in an insurance scam.
The Germans lost a lot of money on the whole WW2 reparations thing, but their pickelhaube sales have stayed strong for generations. It’s hard to say who’s made more money: the entire nation of Germany since the 1950s or any major celebrity since their last movie.
Our favored topics are segregation and AIDS and our favorite actors are De Niro and Pacino. That’s because it’s 80s hour. No real reason, that’s just how it happens.