Thursday, September 23, 2010

Forbes 400 Richest Americans

Today Forbes released their list of the 400 richest Americans proving that it is great to be White, male, able-bodied, heterosexual and cisgendered.  I decided to post this in response to comment left on my blog from Robot Brother.
"you are delirious if you think being born white gives us a free ticket....wow, how clueless are you...

I have determined after all of...I dunna 3 minutes of my time that this site is nothing but anti white male, which makes everything you say about women, black, all of it null and void.

You want equality, my ass...you are on a personal vendetta, that is quite obvious and apparent." 
Well. for people who apparently don't have an easy ride, it seems to me that White, straight, able bodied cis men have it pretty good.  Here is a further breakdown (source)

Number of Blacks: 1


No. 130 — Oprah Winfrey

Number of Gays: 3


No. 54 — David Geffen
No. 332 — Barry Diller
No. 365- Peter Thiel

Number of Indians: 4


No. 252 — Bharat Desai & family
No. 288 — Kavitark Ram Shriram
No. 290 — Romesh T. Wadhwani
No. 308 — Vinod Khosla

Number of (Non-Indian) Asians: 6


No. 46 — Patrick Soon-Shiong
No. 87 — Victor Fung & family
No. 136 — David Sun
No. 136 — John Tu
No. 269 — Min Kao
No. 308 — James Kim & Family

Number of Women: 34


No. 4 — Christy Walton
No. 8 — Alice Walton
No. 19 — Anne Cox Chambers
No. 22 — Abigail Johnson
No. 26 — Jacqueline Mars
No. 79 — Marion MacMillan Pictet
No. 79 — Pauline MacMillan Keinath
No. 98 — Ann Walton Kroenke
No. 101 — Randa Williams
No. 101 — Dannine Avara
No. 101 — Milane Frantz
No. 124 — Barbara Piasecka Johnson
No. 130 — Oprah Winfrey
No. 136 — Nancy Walton Laurie
No. 153 — Martha Ingram & family
No. 159 — Doris Fisher
No. 170 — Ronda Stryker
No. 170 — Diane Hendricks
No. 182 — Lynn Schusterman
No. 182 — Winnie Johnson-Marquart
No. 182 — Helen Johnson-Leipold
No. 182 — Imogene Powers Johnson
No. 205 — Marianne Liebmann
No. 221 — Phoebe Hearst Cooke
No. 252 — Marilyn Carlson Nelson & family
No. 266 — Wilma Tisch
No. 308 — Linda Pritzker
No. 308 — Karen Pritzker
No. 308 — Jean (Gigi) Pritzker
No. 308 — Pat Stryker
No. 332 — Johnelle Hunt
No. 332 — Meg Whitman
No. 365 — Hope Hill van Beuren & family
No. 382 — Elaine Wynn

Number of Jews in the Top 100: 30


No. 10 — Michael Bloomberg
No. 11 — Larry Page
No. 11 — Sergey Brin
No. 13 — Sheldon Adelson
No. 14 — George Soros
No. 15 — Michael Dell
No. 24 — Carl Icahn
No. 24 — Ron Perelman
No. 31 — Len Blavatnik
No. 32 — Steve Cohen
No. 35 — Mark Zuckerberg
No. 38 — Samuel Newhouse
No. 44 — Eli Broad
No. 49 — Donald Newhouse
No. 54 — David Geffen
No. 58 — Ira Rennert
No. 60 — Ralph Lauren
No. 60 — Sam Zell
No. 62 — Richard LeFrak & Family
No. 62 — David Tepper
No. 66 — Leonard Lauder
No. 69 — Bruce Kovner
No. 69 — Stephen Schwarzman
No. 69 — Micky Arison
No. 88 — Leonard Stern
No. 90 — Henry Kravis
No. 90 — Haim Saban
No. 98 — Daniel Och
No. 101 — Edward Lampert
No. 101 — Stephen Ross
 
Isn't it interesting that despite the fact that we live in a post ist/ism society, that a relatively small percentage of the population dominates the economy.  Ooops silly me, how could I possibly draw conclusions from a little thing called a fact?  This men weren't born with a silver spoon of Whiteness and every other imaginable privilege stuck up their ass, they just happen to work harder than anyone else.  We do after all have to maintain the mendacious myth of meritocracy.