Trump Drops 220 Spots On Forbes Richest List

FAKE NEWS! The BBC reports:

Microsoft founder Bill Gates again tops Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people, in a year when the number of billionaires rose 13% to 2,043. According to the magazine’s annual rich list, Mr Gates’ fortune rose to $86bn, from $75bn, followed by investor Warren Buffett, up $14.8bn to $75.6bn. It was bad news for US President Donald Trump, who slipped 220 spots to 544 and must now rub along on just $3.5bn. Forbes said the $1bn fall in his wealth was due to the slow US property market.

There were 183 tech billionaires on the Forbes list, with a combined $1tn in wealth. The list is dominated by US billionaires. Others in the top 10 included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who moved up to number three with the biggest gain of any person on the planet, a $27.6bn rise in his fortune of $72.8bn. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was number five and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison was number seven.

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    #ListsIDon’tHaveTo WorryBeingOn

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    OT Congressman Nunes (R) has ties to Putin through his winery. Recuse yourself asshole.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/funder/status/836319817237946368?lang=en

    • billbear1961

      Another Putin puppet!!

    • MikeBx2

      And a little while ago he told David Corn he’s never heard of Carter Page or Roger Stone.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        All these little traitorous lying fuckers are terrified of an independent investigation– not only because they put their party and wallets before country — but because of the prospect they will have to come in a testify UNDER OATH

        • thatotherjean

          I doubt that an oath means anything to most of them. The prospect of
          something that crawls out from under some of the rocks an investigation
          turns over, providing serious evidence against them, though, means a
          whole lot. They have reasons to be terrified.

    • clay

      Nunes was on Trump’s transition team. He should already have recused himself.

    • Todd20036

      Especially given what Putin tends to put in his wine.

      • Robincho

        “Château d’Empoisonnement — Appellation Contrôlée”

  • Sam_Handwich

    how do they even know what he’s worth?

    • clay

      educated guess
      Trump routinely complains they’re low-balling him.

      • Mark

        actually its just putin’s balls banging his chin….

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          EW!

    • safari

      No one does. He fakes the value of his properties for tax purposes and then writes it off. Apparently in real estate you really can make up the numbers.

  • Boreal

    He is worth 3.5 billion minus his billions of dollars in debt to Russia, which is why we are footing the bill for his properties and living expenses.

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  • Mark

    Jeff Bezos, who moved up to number three with the biggest gain of any person on the planet, $27.6bn rise ? in ONE year????
    I think I will be parting ways with Amazon….

    • lymis

      I thought they keep telling us that Amazon does a lot of business but never manages to actually make a profit…

      • Boreal

        That’s the line they use so they don’t have to pay their workers more.

    • CanuckDon

      Buy local. It’s the only way to turn things around. (As long as those local businesses don’t then sell out to a money-hungry corporate group.)

    • Capritaur

      This is mostly generated by the increases in the value of Bezos’ holdings. Amazon stock price alone increased by more than 50% in the past year. It doesn’t mean that he made $27.6 billion in cash in a year. Given the volatility of stock markets, these figures can rise and fall by billions overnight.

    • Andymac3

      I’m over my Amazon addiction, still use it as a guide on prices and reviews but I can usually find the same thing cheaper and free or near free shipping on other sites. Amazons shipping charges (and returns) just aren’t what they used to be.

      • Mark

        I’ve learned (the hard way) that Amazon’s prices are usually not the best. In doing my own market research, I was interested what $$$ others were selling a similar product I produce. A close competitor was priced at $70…..and I was overjoyed! Three days later the price dropped to $39.99 + free shipping. I bookmarked it – and started watching it. Up. Down. Up. Up. Down…..way too much variance for me.

        (PS-it’s why I don’t sell on Amazon…)

  • The_Wretched

    I’ve grown to be disgusted by lists like these growing and the total wealth they control. It’s a clear sign that capitalism and governance in the US is broken. Noone is worth that much money however they managed to accumulate it.

    • another_steve

      Wealth is no indicator of character.

      All of religious belief — of all the major world religions — is predicated on the belief that you must surrender the “need for things” if you are to be an adept.

      This doesn’t mean you can’t accumulate wealth.

      It means you must surrender the felt-need for it.

      • CottonBlimp

        Jesus was pretty clear that you can’t accumulate wealth… when he was preaching to the poor.

        When Christianity became the religion of the rich and powerful, well, that’s when you start hearing this “you can be greedy, but not TOO greedy” bullshit.

    • ColdCountry

      I did notice that the top two names on that list are know philanthropists. Don’t know about the rest of the top 5 or 10, but Bill Gates and Warren Buffett give away a lot of money, and Gates, at least, is no fan of Trump.

  • Boreal
    • EweTaw

      I’m as enraged as a cage full of hopped up lab monkeys!

    • Things like this are happening every day. Every FL trip lines his pockets. Every day his wife stays in New York lines his pockets.

      • Teresamcook

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    • Nowhereman

      This is probably his greatest con job ever. I hope that it blows up in his face.

      • glass

        I am hoping he gets impeached, convicted of election fraud, treason, etc., AND the US government gets to bill him for all that he has cost them.

        • TampaDink

          I’d much rather that my taxes go towards housing him in federal prison.

          • glass

            I would actually be completely willing to build a wall with tax dollars.
            It would be a cube 8 feet square and 20 feet high. It would be located in the most remote part of a US desert. It would be completely solitary and no contact with the outside world. The only one “tweeting” out there would be the crickets.

          • TampaDink

            I’d chip in….but wouldn’t want anyone to be alone & lonely as they succumbed to the harsh elements. I think that packing that small space with the people who helped him get where he is deserve to spend quality time, no matter how brief, together.

          • glass

            Brilliant! Packing it like a clown car! I love it!

          • TampaDink

            It would be VERY wrong of me to suggest that it might be interesting to see a cage packed with treasonous bastards get the same treatment as a captured Jordanian pilot. So I won’t suggest that.

          • McSwagg

            Make it 100 ft tall and call it the dRumpster Desert Tower.

    • If Drumpf showed his tax returns maybe he would go up in the ratings…

      https://i.imgflip.com/uprpx.jpg

  • Remember kids: It was yet another Trump lie during the campaign that he was worth over $10 billion.

    Honestly, I call into question even that Forbes rating because it accounts only for Donald’s known assets. He could be — and very likely is — up to his eyeballs in Russian debt.

  • William

    Eat the rich.

    • billbear1961

      Rare, medium, or well-done, Sweet William!!

    • Boreal
      • Mikey

        presenting new “Soylent Gold”, made from millionaires, billionaires, and other corporate leeches on society.

        not guaranteed to contain all of your dietary needs, but a very satisfying crunch as you read the ingredients list.

      • RemusL

        Not sure they’re even edible. Too much fat, latex and collagen.

  • Stogiebear

    Oh dear. Fake news Forbes stirring the chicken shit. Guess sometime tomorrow morning will be the time to buy stock in Forbes after it plummets from Twittler having a hissy fit.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Enjoy the current Gilded Age as best you can — until it comes crashing down in war and revolution.

    • billbear1961
    • Snarkaholic

      How do they expect us to buy their overpriced crap if the pittance wages they pay don’t even meet our most basic needs?
      About a month ago, I read an online article in which the author was whining that Milennials aren’t buying houses.
      SERIOUSLY???

    • Walter Maerlyn

      These fuckers all have dual citizenship in New Zealand, they know it’s coming.

  • billbear1961

    Many of the rich in this country, to get their claws on a $600 billion tax cut, are eager to consign the poorest to DEATH.

    They want them stripped of healthcare insurance and even MEALS–it’s carefully calculated, cold-blooded, slow-motion MURDER, to be carried out by their ruthless lackeys in the GOP.

    Murder is a capital offense.

    May these depraved GANGSTERS–and all in the media who actively or tacitly support them–suffer the SUPREME penalty for their CRIMES.

    May they live in FEAR of their own shadows, EVERY waking and sleeping moment!!

    And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
    Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
    Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

    As it is written, so LET IT BE DONE.

  • Carl

    Weird news day.

    BREAKING: Everything that was obvious is true!!

  • Do Something Nice

    You know what they say….small hands, small wallet.

  • Ernest Endevor

    As if more proof is needed that, unlike the rest of us, the rich aren’t taxed enough.

  • Boreal
  • billbear1961

    Where are this traitorous, LYING bastard’s TAX RETURNS?!

    His TAX RETURNS–NOW!!

    • clay

      I’ve upped my demand; now I want his corporate returns, too.

      • billbear1961

        Everything!

        It’s a matter of national security and RESPECT for the Constitution of this REPUBLIC, for the Rule of LAW!!

        • Nowhereman

          Respect? From The Donald?

          • billbear1961

            OUR respect for those things means we must DEMAND compliance from “The Donald,” the TRAITOR-in-chief.

    • Sam_Handwich

      i know everyone gave Rachel Maddow shit for her tax return scoop last week. but my one takeaway is that no one will see Trump as a victim if more tax returns are released.

      maybe they were released by the WH as a trial balloon to see if people would be sympathetic

      • billbear1961

        She’s brought the issue front-and-center again, Sam!

        • Joe in PA

          Front and center LEFT. I doubt any middle middle people even know who she is or what MSNBC is. 🙁

          • billbear1961

            Oh, I don’t know, Joe.

            I think she’s made a name for herself.

          • Joe in PA

            I hope so sweetie, I hope so. (see Andymac3’s comment below) I hope you are both right.

          • GayOldLady

            I think the one thing she did that may be helpful in the long run is she demonstrated that anyone who may have their hands on his returns can share them with the media without fear of being found out. She gave whistle blowers an avenue to vent his dirty laundry.

          • billbear1961

            Hello, GOL!

          • GayOldLady

            Hi billbear. How are you honey?

          • billbear1961

            Well . . . okay, in the circumstances, I guess.

            I hope YOU are well!

          • GayOldLady

            I’m doing good for an old woman! Like everyone else I just get up everyday wondering what in the hell trump is going to do to our country today. 🙂

          • billbear1961

            Yes, I wake up, get out of bed, and it hits me.

            Sometimes I remember the SECOND I open my eyes.

            On particularly bad days–or nights–I dream about it.

            It’s absolutely HATEFUL.

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      • Andymac3

        It was probably a plant of information from the Trump camp but it backfired on them. I’ve heard and read more on Trump taxes this week than the last 6 months, and as with everything post election, the media are reporting things in much better detail than they did pre-election when all they wanted was click bait softballs.

        • Homo Erectus

          The state of Rhode Island is considering a law that says a presidential candidate can’t get his name on the ballot unless he releases his taxes. Better late than never.

          • McSwagg

            This is one of the few advantages for having 50 state Presidential elections rather than one national election. We would never get this law on the national level, but one state enacting the law benefits us all.

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        One thing that tax return did was expose his lying about the size of his fortune. He’s nowhere near the businessman he claims to be if he’s only making $130 million on his (self-professed) many billions.
        I’m willing to bet this is a major way to get under Trump’s thin skin.
        Shortfall Donnie…all of his assurances never quite measure up.

  • boobert

    And where’s putin with his hidden billions ? lol

  • EweTaw

    I wonder what Steve Forbes is doing in his spare time. I love the fact that his father, whom he worshipped, came out as BDSM Leather Queen. Maybe Steven Forbes, his eternally embarrassed son and Editor in Chief of Forbes Magazine, decided to stiff Trump as his late father once did and ripped his richness from the annual top 40.

    From the ever-friendly Wikipedia:
    “Donald Trump, in his 1990 memoir Trump: Surviving at the Top, alleged that his temporary removal from the Forbes 400 in the year Forbes died was due to a feud that had arisen after Trump had not allowed Forbes to bring “two young men who appeared to be well under the legal drinking age” into the bar at the Plaza Hotel. Trump stated that Forbes “lived openly as a homosexual… but expected the media and his famous friends to cover for him.”

    I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

  • T-Batwoman

    They forgot to include Putin, he is assumed to be the richest man in the world considering how much he stole from the people of Russia.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/former-kremlin-banker-putin-is-the-richest-person-in-the-world-until-he-leaves-power-2015-7

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  • Ninja0980

    Que the angry tweets in 3, 2, 1…

  • MikeBx2

    No matter how disgraceful he is, the media loves the ratings he gets. But I agree with Pierce here…
    https://twitter.com/CharlesPPierce/status/843939810062618625

    • Nowhereman

      Also, since he is calling these campaign rallies, he is required to pay us back for the use of the plane and any other related expenses.

  • billbear1961

    “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”—The Tempest

    • Homo Erectus

      Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never
      satisfied. Proverbs 27:20

    • HanyBaal

      Hell is the impossibility of reason __ Platoon

  • Semi-O/T:
    – Nixon was investigated by FBI and prosecutors over political ‘dirty tricks’ and illegal use of campaign funds as a slush fund. He was on the verge of impeachment and certain conviction when he resigned. Basically the charge was corruption and obstruction of justice. (However, it has been correctly noted that Nixon’s interference with the Vietnam peace talks should have resulted in investigations. Only he was gone before the info really came to light.)

    – Neither Ford nor Carter would have such problems, although both displayed poor judgment in some of their close appointees.

    – Reagan was investigated mainly for his and his people roles in Iran-Contra and the S&L crisis. (Sadly, his pre-election treason with Iran wasn’t pursued…) Nevertheless, the charge there was mainly violations of U.S. sanctions for both the illegal sales of arms to Iran and then the illegal use of the profits from those sales to fund insurgents in El Salvador and Nicaragua.

    – Although tainted by Iran-Contra, Bush the Elder’s presidency was relatively low in scandal content.

    – Clinton was the first victim of pointless partisan GOP witch-hunts which began with ‘Travelgate’ (nothing burger), moved on to Whitewater (they lost money on bad deals), thence to ‘Troopergate’ (non-credible witnesses with agendas), and finally an attempted conviction on impeachment charges when Bill lied about having an affair with a consenting adult. Had there been any merit to any of the pursued lines of inquiry (not that there was merit), the worst that could ever possibly have been laid at his doorstep would be general corruption or maybe abuse of power and/or obstruction.

    – Dubya…well, we know he got away with just about everything, up to and including the authorization of war crimes.

    – Obama. Basically the first really scandal-free administration I can remember in my lifetime, and not for the lack of GOP efforts.

    Now this. What Nixon and Reagan should have been investigated for before is roughly what Donald’s campaign did: Colluded with a foreign adversarial power in an attempt to win an election. Both times before, it could be argued their acts of treason had the desired effect, although Reagan probably would’ve won even if he hadn’t done what he did.

    But here it is in the open: The Trump campaign and key figures in it and in the current administration are under a huge cloud — of treason itself. And this is what’s being discussed, not illegal arms sales or office break-ins. Actual collusion with Russia. In exchange for tangible benefits, including both the 2016 election as well as a probable money trail.

    One thing is clear, and it’s that this ride has a long way to go.

    • BTW, if it wasn’t obvious, one of the reasons why the Trump-Russia collusion is a much larger deal then what Nixon or Reagan did, it’s because the new Administration has very clearly been reshaping America’s entire foreign policy to be pro-Russia, even to the point of harming U.S. interests and threatening U.S. alliances around the globe. That’s something Nixon and Reagan did not set out to do.

    • SoCalGal20

      This is much more insidious than Reagan manipulating the hostage crisis for his benefit, imo. Not that that wasn’t bad or he shouldn’t have been held to account but this is very different. Russia is trying to undermine liberal, left-leaning governments EVERYWHERE and in the case of the U.S. not only is Trump & Friends colluding with Putin, you’ve now got the Rs just rolling over and making a mad grab for anything they can get. They don’t give a shit that Russia interefered, is actively interfering. All they care about is what THEY can get while they still can. Watch. If things look bad for them in 2018 come later this year, I bet then they’ll get serious about Trump so they look like they did something.

      • It was even mentioned toward the end of today’s House hearings that Russia’s use of propaganda, social media, and selective hacks and releases of sensitive information did not end on Nov 8th. It is ongoing. And at least some on the committee and for sure the FBI and NSA already know the 2018 elections are at risk.

    • You omitted the 140 hours of testimony collected over 11 days by the GOP about whether the Clintons abused they White House Christmas card list. (They didn’t.)

      • I omitted the contents of Wikipedia. There’s only so much I can write into one my already overlong comments.

        • Homo Erectus

          But Hillary had Vince Foster killed!!!!11!!

  • Lazycrockett
    • clay

      Imagine the cat fights when Melania moves in this summer.

      • TampaDink

        I doubt that there will be much fighting…but I also doubt that Mel & son will really move there. I suspect that they might spend week days there until the new school year begins.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          She’d probably prefer to be in DC on the days that Trump is in Florida.

          • Tomcat

            She has been flying in to be with him on weekends.And we get to pay for that also.

          • TampaDink

            We are so lucky! (grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr)

          • kareemachan

            Well, she is a prop in drumpsters photo-ops….

          • TampaDink

            I doubt that she has a choice in these weekend command performances. I read somewhere yesterday that Friday was Barron’s first visit to the White House. I guess she usually leaves him in the kennel on her weekends in the sun.

          • M Jackson

            She needs to find a good battered women’s shelter in a state far away.

      • kareemachan

        I doubt she’ll move in. Why bother? Iwanka is there already.

    • Boreal

      If she’s not an employee she doesn’t need an office.

      • clay

        After all, Spicy was just saying you can’t count the “hangers-on”.

    • I remember when it looked like Hillary was a shoo-in to win and the reich wingnuts were going apeshit that Bill might have some role other than as a decorative mascot in the new administration.

      • MikeBx2

        I’m old enough to remember how apeshit they went over Hillary’s role in Bill’s administration.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Yes and hillary got heat for saying she “couldve stayed home and baked cookies” instead of becoming a lawyer. Theyve always thrown shit at dems and sooner or later something sticks.

        • Me too.

          • Bluto

            Me too. Perhaps there’s a correlation between the advent of the remote control (the clicker) & the birth rate. Kids no longer needed.

        • M Jackson

          I’m old enough to remember when you had to GET UP to change the channel on the tv! Now get off my lawn!

          • MikeBx2

            Me too! I was my Dad’s remote control. 🙂

          • Homo Erectus

            I’m old enough to remember when a home entertainment system was a combination AM radio and a phonograph.

          • McSwagg

            At least you had a choice of channels to change.

          • M Jackson

            CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, local channel 11, and eventually 2 local UHF channels (look it up).
            Rabbit ears antenna.
            “Laugh-In” during dinner.

    • TampaDink

      Just a small shop where she can sell her shitty foreign made products…and still be within a few steps from Daddy if he needs a quick grope.

      • Robincho

        And the office’ll be close to Smellyanus’s, so she can pop over during her lunch hour to stock up on more of Iskanka’s swell shit…

        • TampaDink

          She’ll be better able to supervise her sales team which probably is a pyramid scheme.

          • McSwagg

            I thought she sold through those Home Shopping Network stations.

          • TampaDink

            That is all in the past. Now that she’ll soon open her boutique/gift shop….which will become the exit to all White House tours…for the commoners as well as visiting dignitaries, she won’t need to hawk her shit on t.v..

    • Cuberly

      So the in-house nanny is moving in?

      • Homo Erectus

        The real first lady.

        • Cuberly

          Updated Greek Tragedy?

    • yes b’y
    • coram nobis

      Story has it she will have access to classified information nonetheless. At least someone will read it.

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/20/ivanka-trump-west-wing-office-security-clearance

      • M Jackson

        I wish someone could find a summary of the Constitution using only two and three syllable words, of a length commensurate with trump’s tiny attention span. And when they do, they then read it to him.

        • coram nobis

          Well, maybe Ivanka’s access to classified material might not be a bad thing.

          “Daddy? You know that new Go-Dong missile I told you about? NORAD tells me it just launched and seems to be headed for Seattle. I can entertain these dinner guests if you want to do something about it.”

          • M Jackson

            “No Dad, I didn’t mean take out your Android. Please give it to me. Thank you. Now go with Jared. He wants to show you what’s in that briefcase. No, Mr. Bannon is no longer available to meet with you.”

  • Sam_Handwich
    • billbear1961
    • Nowhereman

      That is good news. Apparently the border and ICE agents have just been itching to smack us around and show us what’s what for a long time. I read the other day that they may lower the standards for hiring them as well.

      • kareemachan

        I know someone who’s a Border Patrol. I am sure he’s having the bestest of times right now. 🙁

  • NZArtist

    Wait… if 183 people now have 1trillion dollars could this possibly mean trickle-down economics wasn’t true??
    Well fuck me dead. Who knew modern capitalistic ideals were based on a lie.
    Just think of all the money those greedy fuckers have stolen from *your* wallet. That money had to come from somewhere.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Exactly. An economy is like a pie. Only so much pie to go around. If one glutton has 3/4th of the pie, the rest will starve

      • NZArtist

        The capitalists would argue that they’re baking a bigger pie. That may well be true but they’re using your ingredients, and still only giving you a small bowl full of pie. The increase in pie is also going to them.

    • McSwagg

      To paraphrase a popular credit card slogan, “Who’s in your wallet?”
      http://i.imgur.com/aOV7Hkf.jpg

  • dcurlee

    Due to the slow US property market…..are they talking real estate? If so I call bullshit on that. There has been a boom in the market

    • thatotherjean

      Probably not so much in commercial real estate, though. Things like brick-and-mortar stores have been considerably overbuilt since the ’90’s, but shopping centers are still being built (according to something I heard on NPR a week or so ago). On-line shopping has really cut into in-person buying.

  • ceeenbee

    Sad.

  • bkmn

    But if there was a survey of who has wealth but regularly screws over charities Trump would be #1.

  • That_Looks_Delicious
  • Michael

    His head will explode.. FAKE NEWS.. lol

  • Trumped dropped because of his presidential campaign, but it was an investment. He will make millions from the federal government over charging rent to the Secret Service and Pentagon for Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago, by doubling the $200,000 the initiation fee for Mar-a-Lago, by jacking up room rates at Trump Tower DC (which were half off before the election and now far more than competitors). But that’s peanuts compared to the billions he’s making in the long-delayed development deal in Argentina suddenly being approved after president-elect Trump spoke with the President of Agentina about it, the 38 trademarks in China that were approved overnight, and tons of other foreign investments going through to curry favor with the US President. And that’s without speculating what companies he’s invested in (Keystone Pipeline-related? companies bidding to build the Mexican wall?) that he’ll make policy decisions to favor, or stock investments influenced by his Tweets. He’lol make more money in the next four years (if he makes it that far) than any other decade of his life.

    • kareemachan

      Um, he paid for SQUAT during his campaign.

      • Oh, to be clear, that’s not what I was referring to. Any donations or unrepaid loans he made to his campaign was more than offset by how much he got paid by campaign donors from putting his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower (and then raising the rent, which was heavily reported), using his own jets that the campaign reimbursed him for, holding events at Trump properties at market-rate, etc. No, the financial hit he took was from stores like Macy’s dropping his crappy merchandise, licensing deals being cancelled, people avoiding staying at Trump properties (his hotels were renting at half off and we still only half full), and other sorts of Trump boycotts.

  • JT

    Trump Drops 220 Spots On Forbes Richest List

    He hasn’t finished pilfering from the Treasury yet. Give him more time.

  • GayOldLady

    I am not impressed by any of it. DJT becoming POTUS is the price we’re paying as a country for creating a society where people of great wealth are glorified. I’ve always been amazed that when Bill Gates or some other ridiculously wealthy person gives away $50 million dollars to fight disease they’re called generous, benevolent, when compared to their wealth it’s a mere drop in the bucket. I have much more respect for the single parent, raising children who drops $10 in the cup of a panhandler than anything these mega rich people do.

    • BearEyes

      I have much more respect for the single parent, raising children who drops $10 in the cup of a panhandler than anything these mega rich people do.

      THAT! speaks volumes!

    • kareemachan

      Well, I do kinda admire Buffett as he gives away billions at a time to charity, and has vowed to keep doing so.

      • Tomcat

        Not only does Buffett give billions away to charity he has set it up where half of his wealth goes to charity on his death.

      • GayOldLady

        I suppose when you have as much money as Buffet and Gates it’s hard to give it away because much of it is invested in things that are not easily liquidated. Still, when you have 75 billion dollars it’s hard to describe giving away a few billion as generosity. Of course my definition of generous is more about giving from your need than your excess. Both Gates and Buffet give from their excess. Neither men are negatively affected when they give. I consider both Buffet and Gates to be in the category of benefactors and they both do a lot of charitable work in that regard. My grandmother was my definition of generous. She’d give you her last $5 dollars when she didn’t have food to feed herself. I’ve known many generous people in my life and none of them were rich.

        • TuuxKabin
          • GayOldLady

            That was interesting. Thanks for sharing darlin.

          • McSwagg

            Interesting article. As an introvert, I definitely prefer bookstores (the ones with books, actually).

          • TuuxKabin

            Ditto. Just went into a children’s book store to find a 3 year old a birthday present and could have bought a hell of a lot more toys for myself as well.

            And that bit about enjoying more on money spent for a trip, or cultural event, we’ve booked RT AmTrak, NYC-Portland-SF/bay area for a hell of a lot more than it’d cost to fly, but for the pleasure of looking out the window from on the ground than the air, and less bother with HomeLandStoopidity, it’s like checking something off our non existent bucket list. And the added bonus is to be on the Pacific coast in Oregon when the total eclipse of the sun comes sweeping in off the water. Welder’s goggles already packed.

    • McSwagg

      That ‘single parent’ is the biblical story of the widow’s mite.

  • Thorn Spike

    Fake news. Sad!

  • BearEyes

    Be curious to see what a rounding error for Jeff Bezos looks like
    …. in my bank account.

  • sadoldguy

    I expect trump will tweet that he really has 20B.

    • Gregory In Seattle

      With said tweet being made around 3:15 am, Eastern Time, after having consumed a copious amount of alcohol.

  • Jay Silversmith

    This report on hair furor’s “fortune” is NOT going to go over well with him. Forbes will now be FAKE.

  • ColdCountry

    That’s gonna really piss him off. And as it’s more important than anything else going on in the world, that’s what we’re going to hear about from him.

  • coram nobis

    Anybody ask Spicer today about the Global Laundromat banking scandal in London? And what Donald’s bank balances are in British banks?

  • Lumpy Gaga
  • MassageBear

    O/T: Just read where Ivanka will soon be getting an office at the White House and a security clearance, despite the fact she will not be on the federal payroll.
    Question: Why does she need to have a security clearance to open/maintain a gift shop?

  • Henry Auvil

    But the Neilsen ratings aren’t in yet. Maybe president trump still has a chance of validating himself.

    • safari

      The idea of 45’s sweeps week terrifies me.

      • Bad Tom

        He’s gonna pull out all the fleets…, uh, stops.

        • McSwagg

          Not sure if you know this, but pause points in a launch sequence are called “stops” …

          • Bad Tom

            Yes, I did. 😉

  • No More GOP.

    I’ll bet his tiny little hands are clenched in impotent fury, his jowls all a-quiver with indignation at this bigly fake news. Twitter storm to follow.

    • McSwagg

      And his belly shook like a bowl full of jello
      As he howled out an enraged bellow.

  • Bill

    And in the end, all of their stories end the same as the poorest among us.

    Greed is sickening.

  • DumbHairyApe

    SAD!

  • Canadian Observer

    Things we can learn from the very rich. It is much easier to have a giant needle cast than it is to genetically modify a camel so it will fit.

    http://i951.photobucket.com/albums/ad353/bagkitty/camel_zpsakegiqpc.jpg

    • safari

      …for now

    • coram nobis

      The Economist had a different metaphor for wealth, but it also involved camels..

      http://www.magazine.org/sites/default/files/Economist-Top40Covers-16.jpg

      • DumbHairyApe

        That’s not pretty.

        • coram nobis

          Which is why the Economist chose that particular picture. Apparently they looked at a number of pictures of animals mating. It illustrated an equally scathing feature story about corporate mergers.

  • Henry Auvil

    “I know a lot about steaks. And these donald trump steaks at the Sharper Image are the absolute best steaks money can buy. Believe me.”

  • Halou

    I thought Forbes didn’t include people in political leadership roles for it’s rich list, otherwise it’ll just be a who’s who of African warlords-turned-dictators and post-communist oligarchs in Russia and China. What is Trump still doing there?

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