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(RedEye Chicago)   One in every 200 billionaires in the world is born in Chicago. Apparently the odds of becoming extremely wealthy increase exponentially the closer you can get to Oprah   (redeyechicago.com) divider line 58
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2014-08-22 05:54:45 AM  
exponentially  - love that word
 
2014-08-22 07:22:45 AM  
As does the pull of gravity.
 
2014-08-22 07:23:00 AM  
How many billionaires are there in the world anyway?
 
2014-08-22 07:23:46 AM  

Ambivalence: How many billionaires are there in the world anyway?


A brazillion of 'em?
 
2014-08-22 07:26:26 AM  

Ambivalence: How many billionaires are there in the world anyway?


200. The statistic just means Oprah exists.
 
2014-08-22 07:26:27 AM  

Ambivalence: How many billionaires are there in the world anyway?


Why are you trying to start a class war with your threatening questions?
 
2014-08-22 07:30:45 AM  
Chicago is a terrible place. One time I went there and the line for Cheesecake Factory was an hour. Never again!
 
2014-08-22 07:32:20 AM  
Simple:  You get pulled in to orbit around her and you mine her for her wealth.
 
2014-08-22 07:35:32 AM  
YOU get a .5% chance to be a billionaire, and YOU get a .5% chance to be a billionaire, and YOU...
 
2014-08-22 07:35:43 AM  
The odds of getting shot over the weekend increase too.
 
2014-08-22 07:36:29 AM  
Chicago accepts the mob and corruption as good and normal parts of society.  As it so happens, becoming a billionaire requires cutthroat business practices, so the synergy is obvious.

//trolling?
 
2014-08-22 07:38:05 AM  
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2014-08-22 07:38:54 AM  
always wondered about the 'Oprah is fat' jokes. At her heaviest she was far from the fattest well known celeb and hasnt even been in the top 10 of well known chunky butts in over 20 years so whats the deal?
 
2014-08-22 07:41:26 AM  

tommyl66: Ambivalence: How many billionaires are there in the world anyway?

Why are you trying to start a class war with your threatening questions?


I'm rich in family, not money.  At least that's what my bank keeps telling me.
 
2014-08-22 07:46:12 AM  

Subtle_Canary: always wondered about the 'Oprah is fat' jokes. At her heaviest she was far from the fattest well known celeb and hasnt even been in the top 10 of well known chunky butts in over 20 years so whats the deal?


Reasonable answer: She is an elite wealthy individual with a real struggle that many people can relate.

Fark answer: because she's FAT!
 
GBB
2014-08-22 07:47:06 AM  

Doubleodoug: tommyl66: Ambivalence: How many billionaires are there in the world anyway?

Why are you trying to start a class war with your threatening questions?

I'm rich in family, not money.  At least that's what my bank keeps telling me.


newlin-deschler.com
"How much for your...."

You know what, never mind.
 
2014-08-22 07:47:24 AM  

free_waffles: YOU get a .5% chance to be a billionaire, and YOU get a .5% chance to be a billionaire, and YOU...


Not in every 200 Chicagoans becomes a billionaire. One in every 200 billionaires is from Chicago. So, 11 people. That's about a 0.000004% chance to be a billionaire if you're born in Chicago. Of course, that's calculated from Chicago's population, who knows the actual number of people born there. It's probably an even lower chance. Statistically you've got much better odds if you're born in Kosciusko, MS, since a whopping one whole billionaire was born there out of its small population of 7,402. That's even better odds than New York.

Of course, being a billionaire is such a ridiculously unlikely and extreme form of wealth that where you're born doesn't make any difference unless it's in a billionaire's house.
 
2014-08-22 07:54:31 AM  

GBB: Doubleodoug: tommyl66: Ambivalence: How many billionaires are there in the world anyway?

Why are you trying to start a class war with your threatening questions?

I'm rich in family, not money.  At least that's what my bank keeps telling me.

[newlin-deschler.com image 450x185]
"How much for your...."

You know what, never mind.



OK...you got me. I'll play.
 
2014-08-22 07:56:27 AM  

Mr_Fabulous: GBB: Doubleodoug: tommyl66: Ambivalence: How many billionaires are there in the world anyway?

Why are you trying to start a class war with your threatening questions?

I'm rich in family, not money.  At least that's what my bank keeps telling me.

[newlin-deschler.com image 450x185]
"How much for your...."

You know what, never mind.


OK...you got me. I'll play.


This post is the winningest win that ever won.
 
2014-08-22 07:56:52 AM  

the8re: As does the pull of gravity.


My first thought...well played
 
2014-08-22 07:56:53 AM  

NobleHam: free_waffles: YOU get a .5% chance to be a billionaire, and YOU get a .5% chance to be a billionaire, and YOU...

Not in every 200 Chicagoans becomes a billionaire. One in every 200 billionaires is from Chicago. So, 11 people. That's about a 0.000004% chance to be a billionaire if you're born in Chicago. Of course, that's calculated from Chicago's population, who knows the actual number of people born there. It's probably an even lower chance. Statistically you've got much better odds if you're born in Kosciusko, MS, since a whopping one whole billionaire was born there out of its small population of 7,402. That's even better odds than New York.

Of course, being a billionaire is such a ridiculously unlikely and extreme form of wealth that where you're born doesn't make any difference unless it's in a billionaire's house.


11 people = 1 Oprah + The Priztger Family
 
2014-08-22 07:58:20 AM  

Subtle_Canary: always wondered about the 'Oprah is fat' jokes. At her heaviest she was far from the fattest well known celeb and hasnt even been in the top 10 of well known chunky butts in over 20 years so whats the deal?


She herself made a huge public deal out of her struggles with weight.
 
2014-08-22 07:59:45 AM  
Should be - "one in every 200 billionaires _was_ born in Chicago".  Using the current tense implies that these people are billionaires as soon as they are born.
 
2014-08-22 08:02:04 AM  

Ambivalence: How many billionaires are there in the world anyway?


About 1600 (500 from the USA), so "one in every 200" that would mean 8 are from Chicago.

The city has a bit less than 1% of the US population, but the broader Chicago area has about 3%.

If "Chicago" has 8 billionaires, that's about 1.6% of the US population of billionaires.

So. Big farking deal.

/dnrtfa
 
2014-08-22 08:02:45 AM  
I call BS. I'm two blocks from Oprah's studio. and I'm completely broke
 
2014-08-22 08:15:11 AM  
This is worthless. How many billionaires started from zero like Oprah? That's what we all want to know. And I think you'll find that number is smaller than an Oprah studio audience.
 
2014-08-22 08:17:09 AM  
Must be the Chicago style pizza.
 
2014-08-22 08:17:22 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Chicago is a terrible place. One time I went there and the line for Cheesecake Factory was an hour. Never again!


You're lucky.  I got riddled with bullets.  Damn democrat mayor.
 
2014-08-22 08:18:27 AM  

syrynxx: Should be - "one in every 200 billionaires _was_ born in Chicago".  Using the current tense implies that these people are billionaires as soon as they are born.


That's actually how most billionaires come to be billionaires. Hello, Walton family!
 
2014-08-22 08:21:38 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Ambivalence: How many billionaires are there in the world anyway?

About 1600 (500 from the USA), so "one in every 200" that would mean 8 are from Chicago.

The city has a bit less than 1% of the US population, but the broader Chicago area has about 3%.

If "Chicago" has 8 billionaires, that's about 1.6% of the US population of billionaires.

So. Big farking deal.

/dnrtfa



Worthless stat for a local interest story.  Considering Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the USA, 8 billionaires out of 500 nationally isn't particularly noteworthy.
 
2014-08-22 08:21:54 AM  

wildcardjack: This is worthless. How many billionaires started from zero like Oprah? That's what we all want to know. And I think you'll find that number is smaller than an Oprah studio audience.


Whaddaya mean, started from zero? Her boyfriend gave her a job on the radio when she was in HIGH SCHOOL. Basically slept her way to the top, the lucky ducky.

/Yes, it's a joke.
 
2014-08-22 08:29:42 AM  

itsaidwhat: Must be the Chicago style pizza.


You mean corruption. extortion, exploitation?
 
2014-08-22 08:43:43 AM  

Subtle_Canary: always wondered about the 'Oprah is fat' jokes. At her heaviest she was far from the fattest well known celeb and hasnt even been in the top 10 of well known chunky butts in over 20 years so whats the deal?


I've now seen it all. Someone white knighting Oprah. Good night. Someone turn off the lights.
 
2014-08-22 08:45:58 AM  
Oprah is in the top 5 of my list of people that I can't hate on.
 
2014-08-22 09:12:50 AM  

IamAwake: Chicago accepts the mob and corruption as good and normal parts of society.  As it so happens, becoming a billionaire requires cutthroat business practices and bribing the government, so the synergy is obvious.

//trolling?


Added that for ya.

wildcardjack: This is worthless. How many billionaires started from zero like Oprah? That's what we all want to know. And I think you'll find that number is smaller than an Oprah studio audience.


Wrong.  Not even a majority of the 400 richest inherited their wealth.  And about 35% came from poor, working class, or middle class families.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2013/09/18/how-self-made-for be s-400-billionaires-earned-their-money/
http://www.cnbc.com/id/49167533#.
 
2014-08-22 09:22:26 AM  

FLMountainMan: IamAwake: Chicago accepts the mob and corruption as good and normal parts of society.  As it so happens, becoming a billionaire requires cutthroat business practices and bribing the government, so the synergy is obvious.

//trolling?

Added that for ya.

wildcardjack: This is worthless. How many billionaires started from zero like Oprah? That's what we all want to know. And I think you'll find that number is smaller than an Oprah studio audience.

Wrong.  Not even a majority of the 400 richest inherited their wealth.  And about 35% came from poor, working class, or middle class families.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2013/09/18/how-self-made-for be s-400-billionaires-earned-their-money/
http://www.cnbc.com/id/49167533#.


That's the self-made billionaire list, not the 400 richest, which deliberately excludes all the billionaires who inherited their money. There are more than 1,600 billionaires world wide. Of the nine youngest billionaires, 5 of them inherited their money; the rest are Facebook or Napster founders.
 
2014-08-22 09:38:20 AM  

FLMountainMan: IamAwake: Chicago accepts the mob and corruption as good and normal parts of society.  As it so happens, becoming a billionaire requires cutthroat business practices and bribing the government, so the synergy is obvious.

//trolling?

Added that for ya.

wildcardjack: This is worthless. How many billionaires started from zero like Oprah? That's what we all want to know. And I think you'll find that number is smaller than an Oprah studio audience.

Wrong.  Not even a majority of the 400 richest inherited their wealth.  And about 35% came from poor, working class, or middle class families.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2013/09/18/how-self-made-for be s-400-billionaires-earned-their-money/
http://www.cnbc.com/id/49167533#.


I took a look at the Forbes list, and, at least for the names I recognized - they weren't so much 'poor' as upper-middle class.

The first four names they mention are Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Reid Hoffman and Jeffrey Skoll.

Mark Zuckerberg's Father was a dentist and Mother was a psychiatrist.  While that's not 'billionaire rich', with a median household income of less than 50k in the United States, they were rich by normal standards.

Sergey Brin's Father was a mathematics professor and his mother was a researcher at NASA.  Again, not billionaire rich, but that's not poor or working class or even middle class.

Reid Hoffman doesn't have any early life info on Wikipedia, except to name his parents:  Deanna Ruth Rutter and William Parker Hoffman, Jr   I could be wrong, but his mother seems to be a lawyer who graduated from Berkeley (http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/62602).  I couldn't find any information on his Father, but in my experience, most successful women tend to marry successful men.

Jeffrey Skoll's Father owned a chemical company and his mother was a teacher.  His Father died when he was fairly young, but it sounds like they were pretty far from working class during his formative years.

Anyway, I'm not suggesting that these people aren't 'self-made'.  They didn't inherit their money.  But they also didn't come from poor, working class or middle class families.
 
2014-08-22 09:41:50 AM  

jso2897: Subtle_Canary: always wondered about the 'Oprah is fat' jokes. At her heaviest she was far from the fattest well known celeb and hasnt even been in the top 10 of well known chunky butts in over 20 years so whats the deal?

She herself made a huge public deal out of her struggles with weight.


yeah, like 25 years ago. The only people who get the jokes are dudes in their 40's. Guess it has that timeless '80's' appeal to it.
 
2014-08-22 09:52:54 AM  

Doubleodoug: tommyl66: Ambivalence: How many billionaires are there in the world anyway?

Why are you trying to start a class war with your threatening questions?

I'm rich in family, not money.  At least that's what my bank keeps telling me.


Yeah, but trying using them for collateral.
 
2014-08-22 09:56:15 AM  
Oprah isn't from Chicago. She was a teenage prostitute in Mississippi*

*intended to be a factual statement, not a misogynist slur per the new pussified fark modmin rules. For further reference to Oprah's teenage sex work, see various statements made by Kitty Kelly, Oprah's sister, google etc.
 
2014-08-22 10:16:52 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: FLMountainMan: IamAwake: Chicago accepts the mob and corruption as good and normal parts of society.  As it so happens, becoming a billionaire requires cutthroat business practices and bribing the government, so the synergy is obvious.

//trolling?

Added that for ya.

wildcardjack: This is worthless. How many billionaires started from zero like Oprah? That's what we all want to know. And I think you'll find that number is smaller than an Oprah studio audience.

Wrong.  Not even a majority of the 400 richest inherited their wealth.  And about 35% came from poor, working class, or middle class families.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2013/09/18/how-self-made-for be s-400-billionaires-earned-their-money/
http://www.cnbc.com/id/49167533#.

I took a look at the Forbes list, and, at least for the names I recognized - they weren't so much 'poor' as upper-middle class.

The first four names they mention are Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Reid Hoffman and Jeffrey Skoll.

Mark Zuckerberg's Father was a dentist and Mother was a psychiatrist.  While that's not 'billionaire rich', with a median household income of less than 50k in the United States, they were rich by normal standards.

Sergey Brin's Father was a mathematics professor and his mother was a researcher at NASA.  Again, not billionaire rich, but that's not poor or working class or even middle class.

Reid Hoffman doesn't have any early life info on Wikipedia, except to name his parents:  Deanna Ruth Rutter and William Parker Hoffman, Jr   I could be wrong, but his mother seems to be a lawyer who graduated from Berkeley (http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/62602).  I couldn't find any information on his Father, but in my experience, most successful women tend to marry successful men.

Jeffrey Skoll's Father owned a chemical company and his mother was a teacher.  His Father died when he was fairly young, but it sounds like they were pretty far from working class during his formative years.

Anyway, ...


The CNBC article expounds upon that a bit more and reinforces my point.

But obviously, (really, really, really obviously) having inherited wealth (or even just two moderately successful educated parents, or just two parents period) is a huge advantage in life.

On the flip side, I'm always a bit surprised by rich kids who actually manage to grow their family's wealth instead of just squander it.
 
2014-08-22 10:26:52 AM  
Tom Kane never took any money. But he did like to kill people ..
 
2014-08-22 11:14:06 AM  
Oprah isnt even on the list:


Robert Martin Friedland (international financier)
Penny Pritzker (U.S. Commerce Secretary)
David William Grainger (son of W.W. Grainger founder)
H. Ty Warner (Beanie Babies creator)
Linda Pritzker (Psychotherapist and political activist)
John A. Pritzker (Investor)
Thomas J. Pritzker (Businessman and philanthropist)
Joseph D. Mansueto (CEO of Morningstar)
James Irsay (Indianapolis Colts owner)
Gerald D. Hines (Real estate firm founder)
Todd R. Wagner (Broadcast executive)
 
2014-08-22 11:21:47 AM  
So the Chosen People don't actually reside in Israel?
 
2014-08-22 11:27:56 AM  

FLMountainMan: IamAwake: Chicago accepts the mob and corruption as good and normal parts of society.  As it so happens, becoming a billionaire requires cutthroat business practices and bribing the government, so the synergy is obvious.

//trolling?

Added that for ya.

wildcardjack: This is worthless. How many billionaires started from zero like Oprah? That's what we all want to know. And I think you'll find that number is smaller than an Oprah studio audience.

Wrong.  Not even a majority of the 400 richest inherited their wealth.  And about 35% came from poor, working class, or middle class families.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2013/09/18/how-self-made-for be s-400-billionaires-earned-their-money/
http://www.cnbc.com/id/49167533#.


It makes the libs feel better to believe that lie though.

It's easier to hate a spoiled spoon-fed twat, unless they are a Kennedy, than someone who made their own money.
 
2014-08-22 11:37:24 AM  
Exactly how close do I need to get to Oprah?  Does that mean sleep on the heating grate outside her studio or pretend I'm Steadman all prepared to pleasure the lady?
 
2014-08-22 11:42:45 AM  
Sweet! This means I gonna be rich, biatch!

/thousandaire loser on a good day
 
2014-08-22 12:34:44 PM  
So there's more billionaires in NYC and half of the billionaires in Chicago were born into money. That is really telling ... me not much.
 
2014-08-22 12:55:09 PM  

Nemo's Brother: FLMountainMan: IamAwake: Chicago accepts the mob and corruption as good and normal parts of society.  As it so happens, becoming a billionaire requires cutthroat business practices and bribing the government, so the synergy is obvious.

//trolling?

Added that for ya.

wildcardjack: This is worthless. How many billionaires started from zero like Oprah? That's what we all want to know. And I think you'll find that number is smaller than an Oprah studio audience.

Wrong.  Not even a majority of the 400 richest inherited their wealth.  And about 35% came from poor, working class, or middle class families.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2013/09/18/how-self-made-for be s-400-billionaires-earned-their-money/
http://www.cnbc.com/id/49167533#.

It makes the libs feel better to believe that lie though.

It's easier to hate a spoiled spoon-fed twat, unless they are a Kennedy, than someone who made their own money.


I'm genuinely curious: What the hell is it with you people? Does absolutely everything in your world have to revolve around either the libs or sticking it to the libs? Do you, like, get up in the morning and think about how you stuck it to the libs by enjoying your cheerios? That picture with the infuriated guy and the tangled holiday lights going "I bet the Jews did this" - are you people actually like that?

Well anyway, as usual, though, you're wrong... neither "the libs" or anyone else hate someone for being successful. Resenting someone for stepping on and screwing people along the way, sure. Or, as funny as they were on the screen, it's hard not to resent a real-life Wooster in light of all the Jeeveses out there*.

*Not a literal statement of fact, there are very few people the calibre of Stephen Fry waiting anywhere
 
2014-08-22 01:19:59 PM  

Subtle_Canary: always wondered about the 'Oprah is fat' jokes. At her heaviest she was far from the fattest well known celeb and hasnt even been in the top 10 of well known chunky butts in over 20 years so whats the deal?


You know how People runs these "Most beautiful woman" or "Sexiest Man Alive" spreads? Well, they pull their world-record person from their files on about 700 celebrities. It's the same with jokes:  there is a very short list of people who are famous enough to be the brunt of fat jokes or crazy jokes or whatever in the mass media.

We have all seen women way fatter than Oprah. In fact, we have all seen actresses or models way skinnier than Kate Moss who are being call fat when they are merely pleasingly plump, as the Victorians were wont to say.

In a way this is very silly. You can meet a hundred men and women in the street who will turn your head faster than Brad Pitt or whatever model is the most beautiful woman today.

In a way it is just how things work:  once a person is stereotyped they stay stereotyped until people simply tire of them and their supposed stereotypical personal traits.

Oprah is one of the approved and official targets of jokes. Rich jokes. Biatch jokes. Fat jokes. Yo-yo dieting jokes. Chicago jokes. You name it. If you throw it against the wall and it sticks, the spaghetti is done.
 
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