AFP
SEOUL
The self-made South Korean chicken mogul who bought a hat worn by Napoleon for $2.2 million said Tuesday he saw the French emperor as a mentor and kindred spirit, and would have happily paid more. "I can understand and relate to many passages of his life," Kim Hong-Kuk, the 57-year-old founder and chairman of the poultry giant Harim Group, told AFP. "I've always thought there were certain similarities between him and me in terms of thinking and decision-making, though I'm nowhere near being as great as Napoleon ." The chairman of South Korea's top poultry processing firm shelled out nearly 1.9 million euros for one of Napoleon 's famous two-pointed hats at an auction in Paris on Sunday.  Kim started out as a teenager with around a dozen chickens and built a conglomerate with additional interests in pork processing, animal feed and retail that posted annual sales of 4.8 trillion won ($4.4 billion) last year.