The Blaze thought it might be interesting to take a look at some of Occupy Wall Street’s wealthiest celebrity supporters. Given that OWS “are the 99%,” and, given the movement’s general distaste for “the other 1%,” we wonder how enjoying support from the wealthy elite jibes with movement’s core principles.
It is difficult to gauge who is most hypocritical in this instance — the wealthy “1%’ers” supporting a movement that claims to revile everything celebrity represents, or OWS protesters for “selling out” and accepting help from the purported “enemy.”
Perhaps the greatest, and, most obvious hypocrisy of all is that, unless born into privilege — as is the case with some of our celebrities below — it can be argued that none of these high net-worth individuals would be where they are today without having availed themselves of the advantages of capitalism.
Here is a list of the 10 wealthiest celebrities supporting Occupy Wall Street. According to Celebrity Networth, the site that compiled the list, they have a combined net worth of $1.255 billion.
#1 Yoko Ono Net Worth – $500 million
Probably most ironic of all, is that Ono is a descendant of the prestigious Yasuda banking family, as well as a 9th century Emperor of Japan. She also attended Gakushuin, one of Japan’s most exclusive schools.
Ono stated “I love ‘Occupy Wall Street’! John is sending his smile to ‘Occupy Wall Street.’ I am sending my love to ‘Occupy Wall Street.’ We are all working together. ”
#2 Russell Simmons Net Worth – $325 million
Networth reminds that, in addition to being a music mogul and best-selling author, Simmons is the founder of a fee-based credit card company called UniRush Financial Services. But isn’t the financial services industry to blame for the nation’s economic demise?
#3 Roseanne Barr Net Worth – $80 million
Barr, who thinks that bankers earning over $100 million should be beheaded, obviously thinks she escaped the guillotine by earning a meager $80 million.
#4 Deepak Chopra Net Worth – $80 million
Chopra is another on our list who was born into privilege. His father, Krishan Chopra, was a prominent Indian cardiologist and head of the department of medicine and cardiology at Mool Chand Khairati Ram Hospital in New Delhi. Chopra’s father was also a lieutenant in the British army.
Chopra, who said OWS is “turning anger into awareness” has amassed quite the fortune from his numerous best-selling self-help books, as well as from the services offered at his luxurious Chopra Center spa and treatment center — where workshops, seminars and the “Journey into Healing” — meant to help anyone, are priced out of reach for just about everyone.
#5 Kanye West Net Worth – $70 million
West, who grew up in a quaint, middle class suburb of Chicago, has an entrepreneurial side. While not completely successful, his company, KW Foods LLC, bought the rights to the Fatburger hamburger chain in Chicago with plans to open up ten locations. Additionally, West launched his own fashion line in addition to collaborating with Nike on the release of his own shoe, Air Yeezys. Is West “selling out” with his ever-growing commercial empire?
#6 Alec Baldwin Net Worth – $65 million
Perhaps best of all is that in February 2009, Baldwin actually called on lawmakers to extend New York’s tax break for the film and television industry, stating that if the “…tax breaks are not reinstated into the budget, film production in this town is going to collapse and television production is going to collapse and it’s all going to go to California.”
So tax breaks are O.K. then?
#7 Susan Sarandon Net Worth – $50 million
Sarandon popped by OWS en route to Italy.
‘”I’m just here to be educated and offer my support. There’s a lot of different kinds of people here who want to shift the paradigm to something that’s addressing the huge gap between the rich and the poor.”
That gap is made abundantly clear when one peruses Sarandon’s $1.75 million Manhattan penthouse.
#8 Michael Moore Net Worth – $50 million
An extensive interview with The Guardian in 2004 revealed that, not only has Moore sent his daughter to private school, but that he often travels with body guards and lives in million-plus-dollar residences in NYC’s Upper West Side (at the time of interview) and in Michigan.
The Guardian noted that, although Moore consistently refers to himself as “working-class,” he in fact grew up in a middle-class suburb of Flint, in a two-car family where his father golfed, retired in his fifties, and was financially comfortable enough to send his three children to college.
Perhaps most damning of all, however, was the following passage where Moore’s former manager called the “Fahrenheit 911” maker “money-obsessed”:
Moore’s employers were confronted with ever more regal demands. He insisted that Channel 4 house him at the Ritz when he worked in England on The Awful Truth, a fact he now portrays as the revenge of the working class against corporate might. Meanwhile employees grumbled. ‘He’s a jerk and a hypocrite and didn’t treat us right and he was false in all of his dealings,’ said one former worker. His former manager, Douglas Urbanski, has said that Moore ‘was the most difficult man I’ve ever met… he’s money-obsessed’.
#9 Tim Robbins Net Worth – $50 million
According to public records uncovered in The Daily Beast, the UCLA film school graduate shockingly contributed some $5,000 to Republican candidates in 2006 including Tea Party icon Michele Bachmann.
#10 Nancy Pelosi Net Worth – $35.5 million
Pelosi, whose father was a U.S. congressman and former mayor of Baltimore, is one of the wealthiest members of Congress. Ironically, her husband, Paul Pelosi, is a successful investment banker and owner of the Sacramento Mountain Lions and the United Football League.