Two Rich Guys in the News

Two rich guys are in the news today, but for very different reasons.

Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, was apparently recorded telling his girlfriend that he doesn’t want her to bring black people to his team’s games or to post pictures of herself with black people on Instagram.  This set off a firestorm of protest, as well it should have.  At their playoff game on Sunday, the Clippers players, many of whom are African-American, wore their warm-up jerseys inside out as a silent protest against the team owners’ comments.

At the other end of the spectrum we have Benjamin Olewine III, a 92-year-old philanthropist who gave an extraordinary tip to his waitress at the diner where he likes to eat: he paid for Melissa Mainier’s $30,000 tuition to nursing school.  “You get to know them, you get to know their background, you get to know their problems. I just needed to help her,” he said.

Observations:

Money can give you clout, but it can’t give you class.

The sooner you learn that just about everything you say and do in public is being recorded, the better off you’ll be.

Racism is alive and well in America.

Old people with walkers are often underestimated.

Mr. Olewine’s $30,000 gift to one person will end up touching the lives of thousands over the years of Melissa Mainier’s nursing career.

It’s not money that’s good or bad, it’s the people who are doling it out.

The most important piece of real estate in the world sits between your ears.  Like Donald Sterling and Benjamin Olewine, what you build there will make you a fool or a hero.

 

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2 Responses to Two Rich Guys in the News

  1. Kathy Wennlund says:

    Excellent! Thank you Mark. I always look forward to your observations about life and our current culture!

  2. Bob Malkemes says:

    Well said…..

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