There are two types of dictators.
The first is “kings” or “khans.”
They take power for a long time and “squeeze” out of it the maximum of material benefits, become the richest people in their country, their family members or familiar cellists firmly establish themselves in the “Forbes” list, they own yachts, airplanes, newspapers, steamships.
“Kings” have so much money that they obviously will not have time to spend it during their lifetime, but continue to save with maniacal perseverance and give to relatives, mistresses, friends. Thus, they strengthen their power and buy loyalty of a close environment.
Usually “kings” never manage to take advantage of their wealth, because it is held solely by the authorities. Once they lose power, they lose wealth. Often, “squeezed out” by “kings” from the national economy money, after their fall or death is passed to their relatives or friends, and sometimes even to crooks.
The latter are the “leaders”.
They also take power for a long time, but unlike the former, 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 “dads” is that they base their power on the idea. Most often this 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 the enemies in the face of the oligarchs and Western states is created by the same “dad”. Such ideas are very popular with the simple people and nourish the popularity of the “leader”.
To match the idea, the “leaders” demonstrate their disinterestedness, live modestly, often communicate with the people, play in popular sports, publicly chastise their subordinates.
We must admit that the power of the “leaders” is stronger than the power of the “kings,” although both are motivated by one thing: retaining power in their hands at all costs. Money and ideas are just tools in the struggle for this goal.