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Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm a man of wealth and taste.
~ The most iconic line of the song.

The Man of Wealth and Taste, or The Devil, is the protagonist villain of The Rolling Stones song Sympathy for the Devil from the album Beggars Banquet.


The Man of Wealth and Taste initiates the song by discussing his many crimes throughout the duration of human civilization. During Ancient Rome, he had compelled Pontius Pilate into condemning Jesus to death.

Thousands of years afterward, the Man of Wealth and Taste arrived to what would become St. Petersburg when the Romanov family was still in power. Seeing that Russia needed a change of leadership, the Man of Wealth and Taste orchestrates the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and 1918, climaxing in the deaths of the Romanov family.

He later played more key roles in history such as with World War II and the Holocaust. The Man of Wealth and Taste also mentions having enjoyed the scent of the decaying bodies.

Despite these events, the Man of Wealth and Tastes changes the direction of the song by wondering why mankind deemed him "evil" when mankind was equally guilty of horrendous actions. He reaffirms himself as being a sophisticated gentleman who demands respect from the listeners of the song, lest he laid their souls to waste.



  • The line "I shouted out 'Who killed Kennedy?'" was changed to "Who killed the Kennedy's?" in reference to the death of Robert F. Kennedy on June 6, 1968.
  • While he claims to have influenced the death of Jesus most scriptures dictate that the death of Jesus was already a divine prophecy, thus this particular claim is likely Lucifer's pride - claiming to have a larger role than he truly had in the matter: either way he takes great pleasure in the prospect that even Jesus can have a "moment of doubt and pain".
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