The man was the leader of North Korea, one of the few remaining communist countries in the world. CNN once reported Kim Jong Il spent between $650k and $720k on Hennessy alone in 1993 and 1994 and a majority of North Korean citizens have yearly incomes of less than $900. Some guy. It is also believed that North Korea possessed nuclear weapons on Kim Jong Il's watch. Many are concerned about what might happen with those hypothetical weapons during the transition in power.