On Monday Forbes released its 29th annual list of every billionaire on the planet, and it features a record 1,826 people, or 181 more than last year.Once again, we have a perfect example of the extent of Jewish power in America and around the world. Jews are easily the most financially and politically successful ethnic group in the world today.
As in previous years, Jews are disproportionately represented on the roster of the world’s wealthiest, with 10 Jews among the top 50. (The list, topped by Bill Gates, ranks from richest to slightly less rich.)
Larry Ellison, the founder of the tech giant Oracle Corporation, is the wealthiest Jew in the world and the fifth wealthiest person alive. At age 70, his net worth is $54.2 billion.
With a net worth of $35.5 billion, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the second wealthiest Jew on the list and 14th wealthiest person overall. Mark Zuckerberg, still one of the world’s youngest billionaires at age 30, climbed five spots on the list to number 16 overall. His net worth has grown to $33.4 billion.
Other Jews in the top 50 include casino magnate Sheldon Adelson ($31.4 billion), Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page ($29.2 and $29.7 billion), investors George Soros ($24.2 billion), Carl Icahn ($23.5 billion) and Len Blavatnik ($20.2 billion), and Dell Computer Founder Michael Dell ($19.2 billion).
There are several Jews among the newcomers on the list as well, including Russ Weiner, the founder and CEO of Rockstar energy drinks, Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox sports franchises, and Ken Grossman, a co-founder of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Weiner is the son of prominent conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage (born Michael Weiner). Seth Klarman, an investor in the Times of Israel, is also on the list, with a net worth of $1.5 billion.
While men far outnumber women on the list, a few Jewish women are on it, including Shari Arison ($4.4 billion), Karen Pritzker ($4.3 billion), Lynn Schusterman ($3.7 billion) and Doris Fisher ($3.2 billion). With a net worth of $1 billion, Sheryl Sandberg, of Facebook and “Lean In” fame, just makes the cutoff for the list.
And yet, few of us are willing to discuss the reality of Jewish power and influence in America and the wider Western world, including their phenomenal financial, political, and cultural success over the course of the past 50 years or so, and the (destructive and subversive) role the organized Jewish community plays in American political, financial, and cultural life.
Philip Weiss, the Jewish journalist and political commentator who runs the popular Mondoweiss website, isn't afraid to openly discuss Jewish power, influence, and success in America, as Dr. Kevin MacDonald recently noted and blogged about.
In a recent article discussing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before the United States Congress, Weiss explained to his audience that Jews are "the wealthiest American group by religion" and that Jews "took over many establishment perches in the last generation." He continues:
We are three of the four Democratic appointees to the Supreme Court, and whenever I turn on the news, I see influential Jews. Andrea Mitchell the wife of Alan Greenspan interviews Kenneth Pollack, Matt Lauer interviews Lorne Michaels. Last night I watched a panel on CSPAN about the Charlie Hebdo murders at the French-American Foundation and it appeared that all four speakers were Jewish.Indeed, pointing out the fact that Jews in America and their organized political lobbies are extremely powerful - the most powerful political lobbying force - and that Jews have tremendous influence and outright control over important aspects of American society, including but not limited to ownership of the mass media, Federal Reserve banking system, and Wall Street, is one of the great taboos of American society. Honestly and unabashedly discussing Jewish influence and power is strictly off limits in polite society. In fact, it's often considered "anti-Semitic" to even bring the topic of Jews up.
Peter Beinart is one of the few writers who is honest about Jewish power: “the extraordinary acceptance and privilege afforded to Jews in late 20th century America.” In Haaretz he recently itemized our editorial control of publications: “Jews edit The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Vox, Buzzfeed, Politico, and the opinion pages of The New York Times and Washington Post.”
Every Jew of my and my parents’ generation is aware of our incredible advance into the establishment and is embarrassed about it or will tell you that it doesn’t matter or that America is all about the rich anyway and there are tons of other rich people, religion has nothing to do with it. I think they are all rationalizing the fact of our power because it is extremely uncomfortable for us. [...]
Surely, bringing up the fact that Jews are "disproportionally represented" amongst the world's wealthiest billionaires is itself "anti-Semitic," at least when a non-Jew states this fact.