8 Rich Jerks Who Want Your Love and Respect

After hoarding wealth and crashing the economy, the world’s collective animosity toward the 1% is hardly unfounded. Nonetheless, the wealthiest don’t just want all of our money… they want our love, too. Rather than compromising their greed to gain our respect, however, they prefer to whine about our contempt instead.

Here are eight wealthy bigwigs complaining that they deserve our affection:

1. “When I hear the constant vilification of corporate America, I personally don’t understand it. I would ask a lot of our folks in government to stop doing it because I think it’s hurting our country.”

- Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan CEO, wants politicians to stop picking on the wealthy executives who crashed the economy but still came out with their fortunes intact. It not only hurts Dimon’s feelings, you see, it also hurts the country.

2. “[The uproar over bonuses] was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitch forks and their hangman nooses, and all that – sort of like what we did in the Deep South. And I think it was just as bad and just as wrong.”

- Robert Benmosche, AIG CEO, dares to compare the public response to executive bonuses to racially-motivated lynchings. Painting himself as an innocent victim is a joke in itself, but trivializing lynching in the process demonstrates how twisted his brain is.


3. “For their enormous contributions to our standard of living, the high-earners should be thanked and publicly honored. We are in their debt.”

- Harry Binswanger, friend of Ayn Rand, wrote a cringe-worthy op-ed about how much we underappreciate the wealthy this week. The title, “Give Back? Yes, It’s Time for the 99% to Give Back to the 1%”, probably says it all.


4. “My presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough.”

- Jay Z’s response to activist Harry Belafonte’s claim that the rapper doesn’t do much to promote social justice. As Jay Z sees it, just being rich and famous is enough of a gift to the world.

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

- Gina Rinehart, the world’s richest woman, finally reveals the “secret” that rich people are actually the most generous. She also reveals the secret to becoming rich: “If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself – spend less time drinking or smoking and socializing, and more time working.” Notably, Rinehart worked very hard for her large fortune: she inherited it.


6. “I think this notion that it’s the population of the U.S. against the big companies is just wrong. It’s just wrong-minded and when I walk through a factory with you or anybody, you know, our employees basically like us. The root for us, they want us to win. I don’t know why you don’t… I want you to say, ‘Win, G.E.!’”

- Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electrics, wishes the people would cheer support at his company rather than deriding it. Why can’t we be more like his own employees who “basically” like him?


7. “I could slit my wrists and people would cheer.”

Goldman Sachs executive Lloyd Blankfein believes it’s unfair that people hate him for hoarding wealth. When asked why he and fellow Wall street execs shouldn’t have their salaries capped, he claimed they were “doing God’s work.” After all, how can you criticize a man who is doing the work of God?


8. “The richest Americans may not ‘need’ a break on their taxes, but they sure don’t need being vilified, either. They need our gratitude. So let’s get busy on that shiny monument [for rich people] in our nation’s capital. And let’s get some unemployed people out there building it. It’s the least they can do for those nice rich people who have been keeping them afloat.”

- Wealthy conservative pundit Bernard Goldberg wants America to be more grateful for rich people, starting with a physical monument. His article would probably read as tongue-in-cheek if it weren’t in line with his politics.

Poor rich people. All of the money in the world isn’t going to buy them the adoration they crave.

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Anastasia Z.
Anastasia Z.1 years ago

oh yes. I always suspected that there were jerks among the rich...

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

wow. just, wow

Brittany Evans
Brittany Evans2 years ago

pfff What a joke! Keep on wantin'...It's good to dream.

GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSheila D.2 years ago

I believe that Respect has to be Earned, not inherited...not gained by illegal activites, such as bilking people out of their hard earned money...not having been paid over inflated salaries gotten from not providing basic medical for their employees, not gotten by underpaying employees...then there's the over inflated ego of Jay Z, so very glad I don't contribute to his millions by buying anything that would remotely get back to him as profits.

Sorry, but don't have money to rent, let alone buy, any violins to play, no tears to shed, for these egocentric, windbags (can't used censored words here). Too bad they won't spend week in a women's shelter, in a soup kitchen, at an animal rescue center, out on the Sea Shepard watching the Japanese slaughter whales and sharks, at a food shelf handing out food, delivering meals on Wheels to the elderly and disabled, eating food only bought with SNAP for a week...know I missed a few here, but you get the idea. These people and others in the 1% are so out of reality when it come to how the 99% are forced to live - and they like it that way.

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y.2 years ago

Jamie Dimon, ygbfkm?? This is the guy who is responsible for the biggest white-collar crime in human history. We should never hear anything from him, ever. He is lucky he's not in Federal prison, or hanging from a sign on 5th Ave. He should not even complain about a pimple on his ass, not even a whimper, not if he's dying of cancer.

He is walking free and he still has hundreds of millions of dollars that belong to investors and employees.

John S.
Past Member 2 years ago

Maybe not on this site, but in reality this is a pretty thin slice of the worlds population.

A F.
A F.2 years ago

So sad. :(

Dimitris Dallis
Dimitris Dallis2 years ago

Poor guys...

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K.2 years ago

History will not look all that kindly on Barack Obama. He had a chance to cut these people back down to size, and he didn't take it. Had he stripped these people of their wealth and imprisoned some of them, there would be no Tea Party. Doing it strictly through violations of security and banking law would have been next to impossible; these people cover their asses beautifully, but the Patriot Act was twisted to send Martha Stewart to jail, and I'm sure it could have been made to work in some fashion for most of the people on this list. What they have done was definitely unpatriotic.

Matt L.
Matt L.2 years ago

Ah, yes, and all the employees doing 99.9% of the work for these jerks have nothing to do with their success. . .