Billionaires Behaving Badly: Wealthy Show Contempt For Working People

Gina Rinehart – the world’s richest woman – hates you and isn’t afraid to let you know.

Rinehart and American David Siegel are just two examples of what many the world’s wealthy think of working people – and that includes you upper middle class folks.

Gina Rinehart, world's most wealthy woman, hates working people.

Gina Rinehart, world’s most wealthy woman, hates working people.

Gina Rinehart earned her wealth the old fashioned way: inheritance.

Rinehart is worth about US$18 billion. Her fortune is based on iron mines she inherited as the only child of an Australian mining tycoon.

In August 2012 she created international outrage when she expressed her views of working people in a video produced by the Sydney Mining Club.

Rinehart believes the key to economic success in her home country of Australia is to pay its workers $2 a day.

“We must be realistic, not just promote class warfare,” she said. “Indeed, if we competed at the Olympic games as sluggishly as we compete economically, there would be an outcry.

“The evidence is unarguable that Australia is indeed becoming too expensive and too uncompetitive to do export- orientated business.

Africans want to work. Its workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day. Such statistics make me worry for this country’s future.”

Watch the video and bask in the glow of Rinehart’s winning personality.

A Wealthy Bully

Not quite as wealthy as Australia’s iron woman Rinehart but just as contemptuous is American David Siegal. Siegal is founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, a timeshare company and one of the world’s largest resort developers.

Siegal, and his wife, Jackie, are the focus of a documentary “Queen of Versailles.

The film shows Siegal’s attempt to build a 90,000-square-foot home, the largest house in America, in Florida.

Siegal hates the fact that the richest 1% have been criticized by President Barack Obama.

On 8 October 2012 he sent an email to his employees in which he makes thinly veiled threats to fire them if Obama wins reelection.

Wealthy right-wing bully David Siegal relaxing in his as-yet-unfinished 90,00-sq.ft. mansion in Florida.

Wealthy right-wing bully David Siegal relaxing in his as-yet-unfinished 90,00-sq.ft. mansion in Florida.

The blog Gawker posted Siegel’s missive but discovered–

resemblances to a popular chain letter that was circulated just before the 2008 elections.

Well, we just got off the phone with David Siegel, who told us the letter below is real, and that it was sent out to all of his employees yesterday.

“I did use the letter that had circulated before as a guideline, but I changed it [to fit my circumstances],” he told us. “It speaks the truth and it gives [employees] something to think about when they go to the polls.” He also said that its threats of possible layoffs are real, based on his assessment of the political and economic climate. He added that he “hasn’t had any negative feedback” on the letter.

It’s true. The rich are indeed no like you and me. They’re a lot meaner.

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