mobutu put up the prize money for the fight: $5 million for each competitor.
Bill Close, as his friends called him, was the personal physician to President mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire.
When a top mobutu confidant named Colonel Alphonse Bangala purchased the island, Lometcha bought shares.
President mobutu was rumored to have recently fled to France with his family to protect them from the virus.
In 1964, Kabila had been a Simba leader, and mobutu had commanded the Congolese army.
Western interest in Zaire's mines enriched mobutu, allowing him, in turn, to enrich King.