Who would top an honest Forbes richest list?

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According to Rick Newman

There are no Mubaraks on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people, but there sure ought to be.

Maybe Mubarak isn’t actually richer than Bill Gates, but are we to seriously believe that he shouldn’t be somewhere on the richest list? I presume there’s some quiet, fine print in Forbes’ rules that justifies excluding shadow fortunes.

Mubarak, unlike penny-ante operator Fidel Castro, wasn’t even mentioned on Forbes “Fortunes Of Kings, Queens And Dictators“.

I wonder who would top an honest list of the world’s richest men? Probably somebody we’ve never even heard of. There are known to be tens of trillions hidden away from the tax man, but that’s only a fraction of the annual $60 trillion GDP, so probably also just the tip of the accumulated iceberg of theft. Who can even estimate the amount of bearer bonds floating around, the wealth looted by generations of empires and hidden behind networks of holding companies, and so on?

Yet, it’s always time for austerity measures. What fools we are. Letting the super-rich gang rape Mother Earth towards no real purpose, just bigshots keeping score.

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One response »

  1. According to Barry Grey

    It is not that society cannot afford the type of social investment needed to prevent or minimize the impact of events such as Hurricane Harvey. What society cannot afford is the rich.

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