On March 4, Forbes released its list of the world’s richest people. While the top 10 billionaires come from across the globe, 4 of the top 10 billionaires are from the United States with 3 of the top 5 being wealthy Democratic supporters: Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Larry Ellison. The only “right” leaning successful businessmen are the Koch brothers further down the list. Records show that Charles and David Koch contribute money to conservative, libertarian, and free-market individuals and organizations.
Forbes Top Ten Billionaires of 2013 (Persons – Worth – Source – Citizenship)
- Carlos Slim Helu, $73 billion, Telecom, Mexico (Helu is number one for the fourth year in row)
- Bill Gates, $67 billion, Microsoft, United States
- Amancio Ortega, $57 billion, Zara, Spain
- Warren Buffett, $53.5 billion, Berkshire Hathaway, United States
- Larry Ellison, $43 billion, Oracle, United States
- Charles Koch, $34 billion, diversified/Koch Industries, United States
- David Koch, $34 billion, diversified/Koch Industries, United States
- Li Ka-shing, $31 billion, diversified, Hong Kong
- Liliane Bettencourt, $30 billion, L'Oreal, France
- Bernard Arnault, $29 billion, LVMH, France
As much as the American Democratic Party speaks negatively of the wealthy, it appears they often are casting their criticisms upon the best of their best. Obviously, Democrats often do quite well, financially. The three extremely wealthy persons from the political left are the second, fourth and fifth richest persons in the world – Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Larry Ellison respectively.
While Gates has sometimes given the impression that he supports both political parties, the proof of his truest loyalties lies in his monetary donations – as documentation shows that he has donated more money to Democrats than Republicans.
Buffett is openly supportive of the Democratic Party. He endorsed President Barack Obama and contributed to his campaign. Besides publicly criticizing John McCain before the 2008 election, Buffett was considered for a position in Obama’s cabinet after Obama won his first election. Buffet's support of the Democratic party is extremely strong.
As far as political donations coming from Ellison, his Federal Campaign Contribution report shows that he has donated exclusively to Democratic candidates since November of 2008. Therefore, it can obviously be assumed that his politics align with the left as well.