Soapbox warning, so brace yourself. I clambered up here on Thursday when I was listening to the news on the radio in the car and heard the richest woman in the world, Gina Rinehart, and her kind advice on how get rich.
Via the medium of ABC news radio I found out that if we want to be as wealthy as Gina all we need to do is to stop moaning about not having money, get out of the pub, put down the smokes, dump our friends and work more. Gee, thanks Gina, that bit of class snobbery really helps us. Does it mean that since I don’t smoke or spend any time in the pub I am rich? Just let me check… Hmmm… No, don’t see any change to the bank balance. Bugger, it seems getting filthy rich is not that easy.
I think that Gina has overlooked a few crucial details though. She hardly had to pull herself up by her own bootstraps, did she? Her dad was mining magnate Lang Hancock. (This article on the right details a rescue that Mr. Hancock performed in 1947, bravely landing his private plane at Mulga Downs station to rescue the station managers sick son.)
Gina was an only child, born into wealth. She is hardly a poster child for telling us plebs how to better ourselves, is she? The hardest thing Gina had to do in order to be rich was to keep her step mother, the scary Rose Porteous, at bay!
Gina also wants to lower the minimum wage. I’m not sure that the lower classes working more and getting paid less for it will actually make more millionaires out of us, although that is what she claims to be trying to do. Maybe she has a very creative team of accountants helping her with her sums?
I know there are bludgers out there that do sit on their butts, whining about being broke, and don’t actually do anything to change their situation, but for the majority of us there is no amount of hard work that will make us millionaires, let alone billionaires like Gina.
Actually, I feel far less envious of Gina Rinehart than I do sorry for her. She has been in the news a lot lately for things that are wealth related and not in a good way. It would appear that the one of the ways she has found to stay rich was not to take her own advice on restricting her spending and socializing, but to sneakily make sure that the proceeds from a family trust stayed under her control rather than being distributed to her children. (Daily Telegraph, Herald-Sun)
Unsurprisingly, she was resistant about details of the case against her children being released to the public, she must have known that fighting with your family over money when you are already obscenely rich is a terrible thing. What amount of money would ever make up for alienating your kids?
Sorry Gina, I would rather less money and a happy family life. Keep your opinions to yourself. We don’t want to be you.