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Surprised that the world's richest got richer still in 2012?

L.A. Times 2013/01/03 20:00:00
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The richest people on the planet got even richer in 2012, adding $241 billion to their collective net worth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world's 100 wealthiest individuals.

The aggregate net worth of the world's top 100 stood at $1.9 trillion at the market close Dec. 31, according to the index. Of the people who appeared on the final ranking of 2012, only 16 registered a net loss for the 12-month period.

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  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2013/01/11 21:09:20
    No
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    Sadly, that's how our world works.
  • Scrappyang 2013/01/11 20:06:40
    No
    Scrappyang
    This is NOT a new thing. It has been going on forever, especially with those first born to wealth. Have some of you not had history classes to blame it on the pas four years? And as far as the recession is concerned, it started before pOTUS was elected the first time. There are many fine men we'll never know the kind of president they would make. There have been many presidents who have had us all fooled - and party doesn't matter. Just as the House was ready to cut our wages and shut down government if it wasn't done still managed to vote for something - to give raises to themelves. Talk about costing more taxes!! They have been doing that ever since I can remember and most likely long before then. Lots oof states and counties have given tax breaks to companies to bring their businesses to their area for a long time. The largest one in my own area would have 5 years tax free. They built their building and stayed open exactly the time they were given tax free, closed down, and left the area. Some call it shrewd and a great way for them to ear money. i say throwing all those perople out of work and having a free ride on county and state taxpaers is down right greedy and imoral. I don't envy these crooks at all. They are the worst of the worst only a quarter step above the banks.
  • andy15554 2013/01/10 18:47:25
    No
    andy15554
    Our government makes it harder and more expensive to employ people and load on expensive bureaucracy to open or run a business. They make it easy to farm the production out to the cheapest country. Why don't they make it easy to start a company and hire people, and manufacture here? You'd be crazy to now.
  • rightside 2013/01/10 18:43:19
    No
    rightside
    bama, who is great friends with jeff immelt, gave all of his supporters a get out of jail free card, so as not to pay their fair share of taxes.
  • Leslie Goudy 2013/01/10 05:36:42
    No
    Leslie Goudy
    The more entrenched they get in their power worldwide, the more money they ammass. rich piggies economic hit men economic hit men colorful labeled world map of corporations by name
  • Hamilton 2013/01/09 23:00:06
    No
    Hamilton
    That always happens during a bad economy.
  • Ashley 2013/01/09 16:34:31
    No
    Ashley
    Especially congress, they always get rich in a down economy.
  • Rocki 2013/01/09 09:35:31
    No
    Rocki
    +1
    The rich getting richer is good for everyone. Capital investment creates jobs. If the rich did not risk their capital the economy would freeze. Getting richer is the reward for risking the capital. It is simple and it is fair.
  • KoAm 2013/01/09 08:53:19
    No
    KoAm
    +1
    These are people who are smart with their money and know how to make a lot of it.

    Let's not be jealous of their success. They're not the reason why the economy sucks or why you don't have a job.

    The reasons for the bad economy are numerous, but one of them can be found at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC.
  • Red 2013/01/09 08:07:25
  • lisa 2013/01/09 06:49:05
    No
    lisa
    I'm not surprised at all. Most millionaires did not get that way by being stupid.
  • dominic garcia 2013/01/07 21:25:03
    No
    dominic garcia
    I guess we can rest assured that Obama is no different. He gave away billions of our dollars to his rich friends and now he wants more....LOL!!!!!!!!
  • Mike dominic... 2013/01/08 02:34:33
    Mike
    Yes and the sad thing is Romney would have been right there doing the same...:( I love how American people are now concerned .....Well he's raising our taxes....duh....they both said that in the debates.....sad isn't it...:(
  • dominic... Mike 2013/01/08 03:02:37
    dominic garcia
    +1
    I guess we will never really know, what kind of a President Romney would have been. One thing for sure, Obama is taking us the wrong direction. He just wants to keep on spending and putting it on the card, with no respect for our grandchildren.
  • Mike dominic... 2013/01/08 03:07:57
    Mike
    +1
    Your right....we won't know....just like we will never know how Gary Johnson, or Ron Paul would have been....its so sad....those two had good ideas....stop wars - save money.....delete IRS- save money....Bring all Troops home- make money....delete dept of energy and education and let the states dept handle thier own state - save money........but sadly ...American people didn't want to save money ....they just wanted to pay more taxes.....and that's what we got......."we get what we deserve" :(
  • dominic... Mike 2013/01/08 03:33:37
    dominic garcia
    +2
    Thats right......nice attitude! I live in New Mexico and this has become Obama Country for sure. The liberals, especially hispanics love Obama! Most people that I know are happy being on welfare and all the new government programs. It has been great for them. They can get paid for babysitting their own children. They get foodstamps. Family members can get paid for taking care of their own grandma, while grandma is taking care of her own adult kids and grandkids. The teenage mothers get a check for being single mothers. They get free medical and dental! Their boyfriends get free room and board and sex. They get an extra check sometimes because some of the children have ADHD! It is getting to be a free for all and people are just loving it. You can get assistance, just about for anything, with no questions asked. Our government has become a joke. I hope I get to see the day when these people will no longer have a government that caters to them! You are right, people asked for Obama's consequences to come!
  • lisa Mike 2013/01/09 06:51:44
    lisa
    +2
    What are you talking about? Most Americans have been and are still concerned. And Romney is not President, now is he? Obama owns this mess he and his administration created and continues to screw over the American people. SO put the blame where it belongs....We're sick of all the excuses from this batch of joker fools!!!
  • Mike lisa 2013/01/15 00:08:18
    Mike
    I'm not sure what part of the debate your referring too...All I said was Romney (if president) told the American people he would raise taxes....Why..??....no one answered that..??....it was accepted.......so hey Lisa....."we get what we deserve"...maybe next time instead of calling people tinfoil heads.....might take them a little more seriously...haha
  • mich52 2013/01/07 20:52:07
  • rustyshackelford 2013/01/07 19:09:56
  • Jensenmk 2013/01/07 18:47:31
    No
    Jensenmk
    +1
    Soros, Buffet, et al other progressives pulling Barry's strings for a socialist NWO.
  • Boudicea 2013/01/07 17:46:52
    No
    Boudicea
    anyone who isn't surprised has to be an idiot. without adding a single penny in actual income from salaries, etc, that kind of wealth grows. THAT is why we invest in things like mutual funds and stocks
  • Bibliophilic 2013/01/07 17:16:37
    No
    Bibliophilic
    +2
    The rich get richer and the poor get--children.
  • 81sp 2013/01/07 14:40:19
    No
    81sp
    +1
    this is normal when you control politicians and every thing else. ever heard the term
    the rich get richer the poor have more babies.
  • Grandbrother 2013/01/07 13:28:43
    No
    Grandbrother
    +2
    That's what the GOP's been fighting tooth and nail for, so no, I'm not surprised.
  • DeeB 2013/01/07 13:02:02
    No
    DeeB
    +3
    It is the outcome that the government and gangster banksters worked very hard to accomplish, and the American suckers fell for it hook, line and sinker! Give them more, they don't have every damned penny yet!
  • Rave 2013/01/07 12:38:59
    No
    Rave
    +2
    The rich for the most part get richer in today's world. The governments cater to the richest. And let's face it, Obama talks big on progressive taxes but always sides with the more Republican view points when it comes down to it. The middle lower classes are getting higher taxes and somehow the rich are still sliding by. God forbid that some people actually want to increase taxes on them and cut tax loop holes and get some of that money back in the struggling economy.
  • JAR HEAD 2013/01/07 12:22:31
    No
    JAR HEAD
    +2
    why would it be surprising? douchebag job creators liers republicans
  • Sunrise.Ashes 2013/01/07 09:02:27
    No
    Sunrise.Ashes
    +2
    Not at all.
  • mike 2013/01/07 07:36:23
    Yes
    mike
    +1
    the rich get richer and the poor get poorer
  • ibsteve2u 2013/01/07 06:58:36
    No
    ibsteve2u
    +2
    No...but I'd note that they all got older, too...and so closer to meeting their Maker, and finding out what the penalty is for greed and gluttony...and, of course, the penalty for the dirty little tricks they pulled and paid for to ensure that they could divert so much of the nation's and world's wealth to themselves.
  • The Sane One 2013/01/07 06:10:05
    No
    The Sane One
    +1
    Not even SLIGHTLY surprised.

    And yet, where is the job growth?
  • Joey 2013/01/07 06:09:57
    No
    Joey
    +3
    It is funny .. people are complaining about Obama on here . Yet at the same people on the right are complaining that Obama hates the rich . How can you have both.
  • susan Joey 2013/01/07 17:01:59
    susan
    +2
    Obama is like most of the powerful and influential. Do as I say, not as I do. He is the most corrupt politician ever, bought and paid for by his handlers.
    Most on this site like to hate the rich, but that is counter-productive and just the type of class warfare that the Obama machine uses to keep the public stirred up against the Republicans and to marginalize the other parties.

    Rather than hating the rich, a productive focus would be on dealing with the issues, the facts and the evidence, and standing up for integrity, for fairness and for justice in the formation of legislation. Today's legislation is written by special interests for their own gain, parsed by bureaucrats (lawyers) who can twist and distort when writing regulatory rules based on such legislation so that it serves their own purposes, and then administered against the middle class who cannot afford to fight financially such misuse of the law.
  • Joey susan 2013/01/07 20:33:21
    Joey
    +1
    The most corrupt politician ever ..you really need to get a historical prospective of the in which you live. Also how is Obama the one doing class where for when Republicans discounted 47% of the population due to what they make before the election ?
  • ♥•judy•♥ 2013/01/07 05:43:53
    No
    ♥•judy•♥
    When did the rich every get broke? -_-
  • BarterMan 2013/01/07 05:36:55
    No
    BarterMan
    +1
    Why should it be surprising that the richest people on the planet would know how to stay that way?
  • arkiii 2013/01/07 04:07:02
    No
    arkiii
    +1
    so what? they are smart and know how to invest their money. Good for them....
  • Watermusicranger 2013/01/07 02:51:44
    No
    Watermusicranger
    +1
    They are smarter then our Government Officials.
  • harvey goldstein 2013/01/07 02:32:22
    No
    harvey goldstein
    The line between crony capitalism and socialism is fading fast. New ideas and innovations are no longer wanted. What you see now will be gone in a few years and America will no longer be the land of opportunity. If only we could kick out the crooks that run the economy; but it will never happen.
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