Richest Lady In The World Says Poor People Need To Stop Having So Much Fun

By: Julie Gerstein / August 31, 2012

Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart is really concerned about your welfare. That’s why Rinehart — who is considered the richest woman in the world, with an inherited fortune of $30.1 billion — helpfully offered her unsolicited advice on how to be stupid-rich, just like her. She says that the poors are just having too much fun and they need to buckle down and get serious if they want to stop being so disgustingly not rich.

“If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain,” she tsk-tsked. “Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking or smoking and socializing, and more time working.” Ah! So that’s what I’ve been doing wrong — it’s my smoking and drinking problem that’s getting in the way of s-u-c-c-e-s-s.

And also? If you do get your shit together, it’s probably not because you did anything right. Because you’re poor. How could you do anything right? “The millionaires and billionaires who choose to invest … are actually those who most help the poor and our young,” explained Rinehart. “This secret needs to be spread widely.”

Consider the secret spread. [LA Times]