19 billionaires having too much fun

Sure, lots of wealthy people are frugal, and many devote time and money to saving the world. These billionaires have no qualms about spending big on good times, too.

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May 23, 2013 6:40AM
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Seriously enough with these links we have to click on to get more information, its annoying
May 23, 2013 7:53AM
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I got to splurge this month and pay most of my bills and still had some left over for food. 

 

No raise in 6 years and at least 3 more to go, but our executives just gave themselves their yearly couple of hundred thousand dollar bonuses each.

 

 

 

 

May 23, 2013 11:13AM
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I really splurged big time yesterday...Made these chumps extravagance look like peanuts...I know you're thinking I bought a yacht, jet, space travel or even some Pam Anderson enhancements for the wife.....Nope I simply filled my gas tank.....Livin large!!
May 23, 2013 7:32AM
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Amen, pdxkayak.  All these links drive me crazy.  Write the article, let us read it.  I don't care how much more information I can get by clicking through to Bing (I certainly don't have the time in my day to read masses of pages about some billionaire).  One little paragraph could tell the story - I never click through to Bing simply because I'm annoyed.  What I do is figure is that it's not worth it to even look at these stories, so once again, I'm done.
May 23, 2013 10:07AM
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These celebratory articles at a time of long-term unemployment and stealth layoffs are terribly insensitive. These billionaires should celebrate their wealth in private :(. Better yet, celebrate fortune by creating more jobs.
May 23, 2013 10:12AM
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Never in the history of the USA has there been more unworthy wealthy.  As majority of Americans were working day and night the rug was pulled out from under that American dream.  Those on the greed wagon bought the USA government, the agencies, the elections, and took the jobs to china for low wages and huge profits.  There is a special place for this type of human.   Karma eats away the inside of the human body and moves to the outside quickly.  You can see it on the faces of those suffering from their personal karma and ultimate end.   Distorted faces, anger, sadness, emptiness, lonely, hate, scared, paranoid, prison, disease is the life of the soulless rich pig, stealing money from those that work hard and deserve more.
May 23, 2013 6:08AM
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END THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYETEM

RESTORE THE US TRESURY TO ITS PROPER ROLE
May 23, 2013 9:37AM
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I personally maintained Paul Allen's helicopter, the S-76, when annual inspections were required  in a previous life.  I know his crew chief well, and the aircraft was parked on the heli-pad located right on his famous yacht, the Octopus.  The stories I heard regarding how he treated his "help" are astonishing.  Helicopters require a very sharp group of maintenance and avionics technicians to keep them in airworthy condition, and to meet the scheduled inspection requirements.  Their "quarters" were located in the bottom of the ship, and they could literally touch both walls of their quarters with their arms outstretched.  Cramped, not at all well ventilated, and the pay?  Forget it.  This guy did not pay his help worth a crap.  The onboard maintenance crew chief would have to fly with the helicopter on shore to the maintenance facility when the boat pulled into some port off the stateside coast, and stay with the aircraft for the duration of the inspection, which sometimes lasted well over six weeks depending on discrepancies. His per diem per day was a joke, and the hotel stay was limited to the jurisdiction of Allen's financial group based in Washington state.  Not saying that employees of such wealthy people should be given special treatment, but it is just amazing how some of these wealthy people don't really give a crap about their help, and this technician was responsible for Paul Allen's life when he boarded his aircraft!  The long hours they put in just to keep the helicopters flying (yes, more than just one aircraft) were astonishing, and overtime pay?  Ha!  They were salaried, so that didn't count.  When he had "A Listers" on board as guests, the "help" down below had to stay below, with no interaction amonsgt the elite.  Hmmm, I wonder how he would have felt if they inadvertently deployed the aircraft flotation system while over the pacific!  Ooops!  Sorry Paul, you didn't pay me to remove the foil from the circuit!  Hope you rot on your raft! 
May 23, 2013 9:55AM
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All the money in the world cannot buy health or a life full of fulfillment and rewards.  Rich in the pockets and poor in the soul is not the same as rich in the soul and poor in the pockets.  How did you make all that money honey? 
May 23, 2013 7:32AM
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"Having too much fun" on the backs of the Middle Class. These arrogant greedy bastards need to pay their fair share. Corporate Welfare through tax breaks and loop holes has to end. We need Revenue to take care of this Country or the Middle Class is finished.
May 23, 2013 10:07AM
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Why we keep glamorizing these greedy bastards? at the end dead will prevail and they will gone, just like any other poor soul in world.....

May 23, 2013 7:35AM
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Can I get a 100 million somebody for some pocket change....  You wont miss it with a Billion in the bank...   
May 23, 2013 11:16AM
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Billionaires busy saving the world??? Biggest joke ever...How about buying a chunk of rainforest to save it from beeing chopped down instead of throwing a senseless party for a cool 100 Mio.???
May 23, 2013 9:15AM
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Wall Street was invented as a place with safety where very rich people took smaller amounts of money from a larger group of people to grow even bigger fortunes.  A poor person has never gotten rich in the stock market , the same system that took their money is in place today.  The government is a player in this money making rip- off game they invented.    Just look at how it's set up, big money wins every time.  Your small $1000.00 investment in the stock market is eaten up by a million dollar or more deposit  in the same stock, you loose.  Stock brokers and rich investors eat it all up. Stay out of the stock market and do your own investing, you don't need these bottom feeding pigs.  Just follow the money, where it  stops is where it went.  How many stock brokers went to jail after almost bankrupting this planet?  None did and many stock brokers were made billionaires with money stolen from the smaller investors and the banks that kept your money.  Show me one poor person that made money or got rich in the stock market.  And if you find one let's follow the money from A to Z shall we.  Also show me one rich investor and let's follow that trail of money. Money making in this country is based on the backs of the working class poor who need it the most.  Anyone that makes 100 million a year in the stock market has you money.

May 23, 2013 2:18PM
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INSTEAD OF SPENDING ON LAVISHLY-RICH INDULGENCES FOR THEMSELVES. WHY DON'T EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THIS LIST DONATE $100 MILLION TO THE TORNADO RELIEF EFFORTS ONGOING IN MOORE, OKLAHOMA. THAT, TO ME, WOULD BE MUCH MORE RELEVANT AND NEWSWORTHY.
May 23, 2013 7:36AM
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its a good thing their taxes are low so they can reinvest in their business and create new jobs. sarcasm.
Ill have to reference this the next time some right winger wants to debate the effectiveness of supply side economis.

May 23, 2013 9:52AM
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Sure thing.  Having fun.  But did they pay their fair share and percentage of USA taxes?  Who did they make their money from?  The 99%, the 47% or off of people standing in line for healthcare?  Over priced garbage from Bangladesh?  Offering low wage jobs?  Hiding money overseas?  How did this gleeful bunch make their money.  I tend to think that soulless empty bodies and money dingling in the pocket is not the ultimate reward in life.
May 23, 2013 12:28PM
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Why do we glamourise these theives?  All they have done is at our expense!

May 23, 2013 10:16AM
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I guess it's real boring being a billionaire, so they spend their millions having fun!
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The arguements on boths sides are valid. I believe, the middle ground is a synthesis of the two points. One side, they earned it and the other side is America is hurting. The jobs being created, but slowly. Education is messy. Our politics is ugly. Proverty is expanding. People are hurting. Jobs being created. Mostly service jobs, aren't paying the bills. The wealthy have earned a profit from what we purchased. When they spend it, they support jobs. They deserve it. Some are genius who do not sleep and do not have the time to spend with their family. Some are honest and deserve to indulge the benefits they have earned. Ultimately the berth of the trickle down effect is narrower then orginally planned. People are hoarding wealth. It's like a plumbing system - it's backed up. This is a fact - worldwide. Globalization isn't helping America out either.

 

We need to balance this all out. Raise wages across the board, to deserving people who earn it - of course. Increase our spending power, and sure enough - we will spend. Yes this will cut into profit, but it will ultimately go right back to the people who have the ideas and big jobs. I'm sure this is not the catch all solution, but a sensible solution nonetheless.

 

We can all agree that things are messy. This leads me to believe that we are struggling with philosophical debate - what do we stand for, as American citizens, who share this planet with other humans. I think we are in the perfect storm for strong leadership, but our political system is too busy being petty. I propose that we do not feed into the political debates and discuss the sensible solutions. We, the citizenary, should show how politicians, executives and other leaders how to behave. I have full faith that we can.

 

*This post is not advocating for government intervention, or full privatization. It is advocating for us to lead by example. We shouldn't depend on the government for ideas and/or solutions. We should demand our government to facilitate our ideas and solutions. We are the ones that live in the environment they set. We can change that environment, together. I believe it starts with respect in each other and setting the tone of the conversation. We should reprimend dis-respect, name calling and other immature behavior that does not constructively contribute to the conversation -regulary (versus celebrating, simply agreeing with witty comments, feeding into tactical political games and  30 second sound/video clips.)

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