It seems that taking up ‘residence’ with generous honoraries is a trend with Zahi Hawass. In 2001 Hawass was appointed “Explorer in Residence” by the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY (NGS), with an annual ‘salary’ that ranged from $80,000 to $200,000. This appointment lasted till 2011, afterwhich it was changed to “Explorer in Residence Emeritus”. In 2013 Hawass was appointed “Distinguished Scholar in Residence” at the SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE (SNC), although the ‘salary’ he receives is not known.
After the 2011 Revolution in Egypt Hawass was fired from his post as Minister of Antiquities amid accusations of money laundering, bribery, fraud, corruption and mismanagement of funds. In 2013 it was suddenly announced that Hawass was ‘acquited’ of all these crimes. However, since October 2013 it has been known that Hawass and NGS are being investigated by the US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE on possible bribery charges. The investigation is presumably still ongoing. Hawass also may be facing an investigation in Egypt for illegal activities inside the GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA during the period 2004 and 2006 while he was Director-General of the Giza Plateau. Hawass may also face another possible investigation for his involvement with the EDGAR CAYCE FOUNDATION and some of its senior members and funders from 1977 to 1998.
In view of all the conundrum that surrounds Hawass, we may well wonder where next he will take up “residence”, and at what cost.