World’s richest woman says poor should have less fun, work harder

Posted on Aug 31 2012 - 10:32am by Funky Dineva

Just in case you were beginning to think rich people were deeply misunderstood and that they feel the pain of those who are less fortunate, here’s the world’s wealthiest woman, Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart, with some helpful advice.

“If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain,” she saidĀ in a magazine piece. “Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working.”

Yeah, let them eat cake.

Rinehart made her money the old-fashioned way: She inherited it. Her family iron ore prospecting fortune of $30.1 billion makes her Australia’s wealthiest person and the richest woman on the planet.

“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire,” she said by way of encouragement.

“Become one of those people who work hard, invest and build, and at the same time create employment and opportunities for others.”

Boom. Almost too easy.

Why are people poor? Rinehart blamed what she described as “socialist,” anti-business government policies, and urged Australian officials to lower the minimum wage and cut taxes.

“The millionaires and billionaires who choose to invest in Australia are actually those who most help the poor and our young,” she said. “This secret needs to be spread widely.”

And now it’s out there.

Thank you, rich people. We’re not worthy.

Article copied in its entirety from The LA Times

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  1. tambizzle September 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Ummmm…she didn’t work hard for her money…she freakin inherited it!!!

  2. Angela September 5, 2012 at 12:26 am - Reply

    I personally feel like it makes no sense to look like that when you have so much money to tend to your body. Just sayin.

  3. NICKI LOVE September 4, 2012 at 12:48 am - Reply


  4. Missy September 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    … Since you have ALL the money you should work LESS and get your f’ing face worked on… Geez live just a little.

  5. Loving Me Some Dineva September 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I am sorry but I agree with her. Some folks spend what extra money they have on material items they dont need when their finances are not in order. If you owe bills you should not be shopping. If all you have is baking soda in your fridge then you shouldnt be spending all night sleeping outside of Foot Locker for Nike Foam Posite. If you were born poor more likely than not you qualify for Financial Aid so you can get a free ride through college through TAP and PELL. Dont have another baby when you cant afford the ones you already have. My statement doesnt apply to all but it damn sure applies to many.

    • Hi! October 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Amen. While I do agree with others here that this woman can’t really tell anyone to work hard since she probably hasn’t worked at all due to inheriting her money, the wisdom in her statement still stands. Everyone knows that if you make a plan, follow the plan, and not let anything stand in the way of that plan, you can make anything happen. Sure there will be dumps in the road, but keep following the plan. People want to say things like starting a family, love, memories, etc. are things they should be doing instead of focusing on earning more money. Fine. But don’t come crying when you are broke and cant afford that family cause you didn’t put any priority on earning money. Wealthy people spend ALL their time earning money. Average people spend all their time focused on their family, love, and making memories. None of those things pay the bills.

  6. TeamDineva August 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    *reads post, looks at picture* Sir….

  7. TeSharra Taylor August 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I guess becuse her ugly tail had no choice but to work because nobody wanted to be bothered with her no one is supposed to have a life either! She better get somewhere and SIT!

  8. tiffany August 31, 2012 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I agree with her on the fact that poor people should work hard by trying to get into business or something of that nature but how can she talk she INHERITED money meaning she sat on her FAT ass and did nothing! It would be a different story if it were a rags to riches. Also, all poor people dont drink and just socialize you need money for that you disgraceful woman.

    • skeetskeet September 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      ooooo shiiit! co-sign!! hell I’ll even co-sign for u to get a couch because you took the words right outta my mouth!!

  9. juicy August 31, 2012 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Bitch you didn’t work hard to build a business.. your ancestors did and you just got lucky. It is a class war going on and if we do not all band together the wealthiest 1% of the world is going to pull the rug from right under us. They say that “You too can live the American Dream or be a millionaire” as they continue to diminish education and create recessions to keep people docile, complacent and ignorant.

  10. Darnell Lamont Walker August 31, 2012 at 10:46 am - Reply

    While she will never know the important of hard work, and what it can (and most of the time won’t) get you, she has made several valid points. At least with dealing with the population in which I often find myself, I hear the complaints of the “financially comfortable” about how they wish they had more money. But what I also see is the lack of drive, motivation, and unwillingness to work harder than what they already are.

    You can’t want it and not do what it takes to get it. By any means.

    What she said would have been taken as great advice had it come from someone who lived the life WE are.

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