Forbes Reminds Arizona (and the World) that Billionaires Still Exist

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​In case anyone in the Valley needed a reminder that you don't make enough money and the recession put your retirement fund in the crapper, Forbes reminds us that five of the world's 1,210 billionaires are Arizonans.

Forbes put out their annual list of worldwide billionaires Wednesday, and in case you forgot last year's list, it's the same five Arizonans that still have way more money than you.

The richest is Discount Tire impetus Bruce Halle at $3 billion, up a mere billion bucks since the 2010 standings.

Who says there's a recession?

Then there's Bennett Dorrance, who inherited Campbell Soup,  with $2 billion, making him more of a billionheir than a billionaire.

The creator of the University of Phoenix, John Sperling, and his son, Peter Sperling, each sit at $1.1 billion this year -- which is down a combined $300 million from last year (if that makes you feel any better).

Rounding out the list is Arizona's poorest billionaire, Arturo Moreno, with his meager $1 billion. Currently the owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2011 is Moreno's fifth appearance on Forbes' billionaire list.

For comparison's sake, there are still folks on the Forbes list plenty times richer than any Arizonan.

Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim Helu is still the richest man on the planet, adding $20.5 billion to his fortune in the last year to claim a net worth of $74 billion.

Rounding out the top three are America's staples of super-richness -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates at $56 billion, and Berskshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett with $50 billion.

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Tale of a Terrorist Bank
Tale of a Terrorist Bank

$ 1,000,000,000.00 One Billion Dollars

So if all five of these these characters tossed in $ 250,000,000.00 each, it would pay off the State's debts and put AZ. at a zero deficit.Five Billionaires, and that doesn't even consider those folks with the 8 and 9 figure bank balances, who are quite plentiful on the north side of the 101 freeway .

But that's not how the world works, is it ? I got me mine, and you got you none !Though it may be conceivable, I don't see how it is logistically possible to squander a billion dollars over one's lifetime. But contributing cash is only for conversation purposes.

Here's a question for you... How much money does the family bin Laden have in the bank from all the oil deals they made through the Bush (yeah, that Bush) family ???No one knows but it is estimated at aroung $ 20,000,000,000.00.Nice.


Time to make a visit to these Arizonan's and demand that they pay their fair share of taxes and maybe the transplant patients could be saved.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

It doesn't really matter how much money any of them have. We're the slaves and they are the masters. Where did they get all their money from? The slaves.

Yes, the evil Osama Bin Laden. He's been dead long enough to be a Wal Mart exhibit on halloween. Oil is a big money maker and so is gun running, oppression through assasination, vaccinations, lethal xrays of airline passengers to keep them safe from terrorists. On and on and on. It would take days to list how many ways our masters love us.

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