Still today, the United States is seen as a land of opportunity, where the “American dream” can be realized if one works hard enough. The ideology of the “self-made man”, literally “the one who made himself alone”, is still very present there. and assumes that anyone can do anything, as long as they work hard. Many billionaires like Bill Gates have this reputation as self-made men, but we realize that it is sometimes – in part – usurped. That’s what it was fun to point out a man named Aidan Smith in a Twitter thread in July 2020. But a year and a half later, what he says there is still as relevant today. So let’s break some myths.
# 1 Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
Cute propaganda. In reality Bezos’s mommy and daddy gave him $245,573 to stop Amazon from failing in 1995, but you’d never know it from listening to our right-wing mainstream media that blames poverty on personal failure and attributes wealth to personal virtue. https://t.co/vM15SKIcWsJuly 6, 2020
Nice propaganda. In fact, Bezos’ parents gave him $ 245,573 to prevent Amazon’s ruin in 1995, but you wouldn’t know just by listening to our mainstream media that blame poverty on personal failures and attribute wealth to personal virtue.
# 2 Bill Gates, founder of microsoft
You can find this in the backstory of almost every billionaire. The story of Bill Gates is told as if he was a normal guy who dropped out of college to pursue his dream when in reality his mom Mary Gates, the president of United Way, convinced IBM to hire Microsoft to build an OS pic.twitter.com/OOX1ELjMLbJuly 6, 2020
Gates is a talented individual but his career break wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t the child of wealthy, well-connected parents who were able to convince IBM to hire the-then obscure Microsoft to build an OS. He likely wouldn’t be a billionaire if he was born working-class.July 6, 2020
You can find the same in the story of almost every billionaire. The story of Bill Gates is told to us as if he were a normal guy who left school to pursue his dream when, in truth, his mother Mary Gates, the president of United Way, convinced IBM to hire Microsoft to build an operating system for it.
Gates is a talented person, but his career would never have exploded if he wasn’t the child of wealthy, long-arm parents who were able to convince IBM to hire what was still the under-known Microsoft to make him a operating system. He surely wouldn’t be a billionaire if he had been born into a working class family.
# 3 warren buffett, businessman and investor
The tale of Warren Buffett is told as if he was a scrappy upstart living in a lower-middle class suburban home in Omaha who had a knack for investing. In reality his dad was a congressman (and Bob Taft’s campaign manager!) and, uh… pic.twitter.com/GmjyMCKYlUJuly 6, 2020
Warren Buffett’s story is told to us as if he were an upstart living in a lower-middle-class suburban home in Omaha who had a knack for investing. In fact, her father was a congressman (and Bob Taft’s campaign manager!).
# 4 mark zuckerberg founder of facebook
Even if you’re not born to mega-celebrities it really can’t be stressed enough how much a leg up children of the wealthy get even indirectly. Mark Zuckeberg’s wealthy parents sent him to Phillips Exeter Academy (tuition: almost $57,000 for boarding)…July 6, 2020
…and got software developer David Newman to give him private tutoring in computer science before he even entered college. Zuckerberg, is, like others mentioned, an intelligent individual in his own right, but if he was born into a working-class family he simply…July 6, 2020
…wouldn’t have had the same opportunities as he did. Remember: People took such an interest in Zuckerberg to begin with because he already entered college with the reputation as…July 6, 2020
a computing prodigy, which, again, couldn’t have happened if his parents didn’t hire a software developer to tutor him. The benefits of having wealthy parents, even if they don’t give you a 1/4 million as Bezos’s did, can’t be underestimated. There is no fair playing field.July 6, 2020
Even if you weren’t born a mega-celebrity, it can’t be overstated how the children of the rich deserve a helping hand, even indirectly. Mark Zuckerberg’s wealthy parents sent him to Phillips Exeter Academy (tuition: nearly $ 57,000 for boarding school) and arranged for developer David Newman to give him private lessons in science. computer science before he even entered college. Zuckerberg is, like the others I have spoken of, an intelligent person and owes it only to himself, but if he came from a working class family, he simply would not have had the same opportunities.
Remember: people only got interested in Zuckerberg because he came to college already having a reputation as a computer prodigy, which, again, couldn’t have been. be the case if his parents hadn’t hired a developer to teach him. The benefits of having rich parents, even if they don’t give a quarter of a million dollars like Bezos’, cannot be denied. There is nothing fair.
# 5 the Walton (Walmart supermarkets) and Koch (Kotch industries) families
Do I even need to mention the Walton’s? Do I even need to mention the Koch’s? It really can’t be stressed enough how privileged the background of most uber-rich people, all of whom claim their legitimacy from supposedly “starting from nothing”, truly are.July 6, 2020
Do I just need to mention the Waltons? Or the Kochs? We cannot stress enough how extremely rich people have a whole context that privileges them, when they claim that their legitimacy comes from the fact that they “started from nothing”.
#6 Kylie jenner
People laugh when Kylie Jenner is described as a “self-made billionaire” as if she doesn’t come from one of the wealthiest/best-known families on Earth, but really, it’s no more absurd then describing Gates’/Bezos’ wealth as being a “self-made” product of meritocracy.July 6, 2020
People laugh when Kylie Jenner is described as a “self-made billionaire”, as if she didn’t come from one of the richest and most famous families in the world. But seriously, it’s no more absurd than describing the wealth of Gates / Bezos as a product of the meritocracy that they owe only to them.
And you, what do you think of the vision that Aidan Smith billionaires? Is he right to set the record straight, or is he just jealous of their success?
Source: Hitek : actualité geek et tests high tech by hitek.fr.
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