The Suitcase Lady

Rich

April 30, 2019, 8:35 am

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My husband and I are news junkies and frequently exchange tidbits of information that we think will be of interest to one another. The other day my guy remarked that poor Mrs. Bezos really got a bad divorce settlement only ending up with $36 billion dollars. I replied that I thought this should cover her bills and what exactly did he find lacking in their agreement?

His reply was that Mr. Bezos, the world’s richest person, got 75% of all their jointly owned Amazon stock plus sole voting power. In addition, Mrs. Bezos handed over all her interest in The Washington Post and Blue Origin, Jeff’s space flight company. Shabby, I admit, but the settlement made MacKenzie Bezos the 3rd richest woman in the world. Her shoe money is intact.

After this exchange, we both wondered out loud who were the two women that outrank  Mrs. Amazon in wealth. The oracle was consulted and the ladies are:

1.Frances Bettencourt Meyers – L’Oreal cosmetics heiress

She is a stellar example of where makeup will get a girl.

2. Alice Walton – Walmart heiress

Art lover that I am, I cannot bring myself to visit her art museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art,  where the masterpieces were bought with the money saved by paying minimum wages and giving no benefits to the employees.

The 4th richest woman, whose wealth is almost equal to Mrs. Bezos’, is Jacqueline Mars. Have you guessed what made her fortune? Candy bars. Her grandfather started what is now the world’s largest candy company.

The fact that a small handful of people on the planet have more individual wealth than many entire countries is surreal. But there is a lot of surreal stuff going on these days. Since money increasingly rules as Democracy fails, you might be interested in knowing who is running things at the moment. Check out the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index. It is published daily to reflect the day’s stock market changes.

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