Are Rich People Stupid?

There is a lady in Australia, let’s call her “Gina”. “Gina” may, or may not, be Australia’s richest person. In fact, by some estimates, this person might (or might not) be the richest woman in the world. So who better to test my theory?

A post or two ago, I made the outrageous statement that money doesn’t make you smart, oh, contraire! It actually makes you dumb. I will concede you can swap “dumb” for: “out of touch”, “ignorant”,  “self obsessed”, or even simply “unaware”.

Here’s what “Gina” had to say recently:

There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire. If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself – spend less time drinking, or smoking and socializing and more time working.”

For those of you who don’t live in Australia, or have better things to do than listen to the ranting’s of a billionaire, “Gina” inherited A$75 million dollars from her dad, plus a billion dollar prospecting empire, that he, not she, built. Yes, Gina has expanded it far in excess of what she was given, but…. She inherited – ie her dad gave her – seventy – five – MILLION – Australian – dollars. (US$80 million)

No doubt “Gina” works incredibly hard, as do the vast majority of Australians, Americans, British and any other countries citizens you care to mention.  But unlike her, not so many people get given enough money never to need worry about mortgages, school fees, food, or health care.

Dear “Gina” – wake up!!  You are where you are primarily because you got a rocket ship of a start in life. If you have taken that gift, and made something of it – good on you! I am genuinely pleased you don’t have to struggle. But please don’t trash ordinary people, who didn’t get that Saturn-5 rocket start in life.

“Gina”, has been in and out of court for 20 years, first fighting her stepmother, and now 3 of her 4 children, over… you guessed it – money. “Gina” also now wants to own media assets in Australia, and involve herself in editorial decisions. Yeh “Gina”! Great idea! That will enhance the media’s independence! (And I acknowledge it’s hardly independent now anyway – did someone mention Mitt, I mean Fox, News?)

With monotonous regularity, “Gina” constantly feels the need to tell ordinary Aussies, what we are doing wrong.  Sorry “Gina” – I’m not interested in your opinion on anything other than where’s a fantastic place to dig for iron-ore.

I’ll swap her dysfunctional life, in the bubble of privilege, for more drinking, or smoking and socializing – any day.

Theory confirmed.

About Tim

I'm an expat dad, living in Hong Kong. Being a parent, especially a dad, is simply fraught with danger. Mums seem to have this built-in radar for trouble and danger - I do not. http://beingdadinasia.com - all about my life, being dad. http://achipofftheoldblog - all about the funny and strange things I see. View all posts by Tim

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