Kevin “Shark Tank” O’Leary: “Fantastic” that 85 people have same wealth as 3.5bn others

Kevin O’Leary, aka “Mr. Wonderful” from the TV show “The Shark Tank,” had an odd reaction yesterday when asked about Oxfam’s new global inequality poverty report on his Canadian TV show, “The Lang & O’Leary Exchange.”  Video below.

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O’Leary was asked what he thought of the report’s determination that the wealth of the world’s richest 85 people is equal to the wealth of the world’s poorest 3.5 billion people.

O’Leary proclaimed it “fantastic.”

CO-HOST AMANDA LANG: The wealth, this is according to Oxfam, of the world’s 85 richest people is equal to the 3.5 billion poorest people.

KEVIN O’LEARY: It’s fantastic. And this is a great thing because it inspires everybody, gets them motivation to look up to the 1% and say, “I want to become one of those people, I’m going to fight hard to get up to the top.” This is fantastic news, and of course I applaud it. What can be wrong with this?

AMANDA LANG: Really?

KEVIN O’LEARY: Yes, really. I celebrate capitalism.

AMANDA LANG: So, somebody making a dollar a day in Africa is getting up in the morning and saying “I’m gonna be Bill Gates”?

KEVIN O’LEARY: That’s the motivation everybody needs.

AMANDA LANG (speaking as one of those poor Africans):  The only thing between me and that guy is “motivation,” I just need to pull up my socks… oh wait, I don’t have socks!

KEVIN O’LEARY: I am not against charity.


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  • Barlingwood

    What bugs me is the asymmetry. you have lang who is a middle of the road, probably capital L Liberal, or even a red tory, then you have this right wing nutcase. its so unbalanced, if you have someone like Oleary on and a middle of roader like Lang on then for balance there should be some orthodox marxist on as well.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe you agree with the billionaire above that critics are like “Nazis” – keep spewing your rhetoric, some of us have decided to wake up

  • Anonymous

    Criticism of the super-rich is like the Holocaust, says Silicon Valley billionaire in WSJ article

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2545918/Criticism-super-rich-like-Holocaust-says-Silicon-Valley-billionaire-WSJ-letter-sparked-outrage.html

  • John Defalque

    Either we all deserve to live in some measure of comfort and dignity or 7 billion handguns should be given to everyone on earth so they can just kill themselves, since the only way out of poverty for the vast majority of humanity is and always will be death.Suicide is the ultimate vote of non confidence with crapiatlism!

  • John Defalque

    I did get a response from the CBC that he is just playing a personna-so that has calmed me down, but he and Don Cherry are the most abrasive and despised CBC commentators.I am the world’s most fanatical living ardent communist.My response to Mr leary’s comment is it’s fantastic that the 85 financial criminals who have as much wealth as 50% of all humanity, my response is that it’s fantastic that all of us could easily get a magazine with enough bullets to kill them all and hit the reset button on crapitalism if we could just round them up.

  • anna

    WHY? Because YOU don’t agree with him? He isn’t allowed HIS OWN opinion? You’re being ridiculous! Jealous so punish him for HIS opinion. Typical/

  • John Defalque

    Sign the petition to get this scumbag fired from the CBC!!!!!

  • TY

    Legally does not mean ethically, that is management 101. Laws are bent and formed due to lobbying, who pays the most for lobbying? It becomes cyclical, extra wealthy increase their grasp and are best positioned to grab more of the pie. It doesn’t mean it is harder necessarily to become a billionaire than it was in the past but fewer people will because fewer know how to. All those inspired people are fighting for smaller and smaller pies making more for the extra wealthy but proportionally less for themselves. They are not being taught how to network intelligently unless they are already in the know. All these wealth guru’s generally are just another distraction. Look at the happiest countries where average quality of life actually matches the supposed wealth passing through it. The Nordic countries, hell Iceland even took their leaders and bankers to court after 2008. Viking sensibilities coupled with socialism and strong family bonds. I am sure Einstein could tell you more about the perils of unrestrained Capitalism, basic social Darwinism will explain it but a nation is supposed to be a community, that means looking out for each other.

  • http://hunteratrandom.blogspot.com/ rmthunter

    I just took it as an example of the staggering self-absorption of co-called “conservatives,”

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Well, his argument is, in its entirety, false equivalence.

    He thinks that having one computer is a luxury. A better analogy would be people who have wharehouses full of expensive computers who just keep them wharehoused – when there is a shortage of computers. They never do anything with them, just hoard them.

    That’s what’s happening with money in this country. It’s being hoarded and causing quite the economic mess. There’s only so much to go around. Wealth in the form of cash can’t be created. If you try, you get inflation. So it’s not like the government can just print money for those who have less.

    These idiots need to learn a few things about how the word works.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Don’t forget the subsequent actions of Microsoft designed to maintain market capture – the infamous “Extend, Embrace and Extinguish” policy that crushed competition in the software industry.

  • LookAtThisIdiot

    “Squawk squawk” says the Republican parrot.

  • LookAtThisIdiot

    Breitbart is over there Polly Parrot, you took a wrong turn.

  • LookAtThisIdiot

    I’m surprised you can even type with both hands thoroughly up the ass of corporate interests.

  • LookAtThisIdiot

    The only thing anybody should have for you is a feeling of embarrassment that we inhabit the same country.

  • LookAtThisIdiot

    I’m sure if you stay on your knees long enough one of your capitalist masters will give you a present, puppet.

  • pappyvet

    LOL ! Your ham-handed attempt at redirection is laughable as well as childish.

  • labman57

    O’Leary is a living, breathing caricature of an avaricious, compassionless, humanity-devoid venture capitalist.

    Alas, all the money in the world cannot buy him a conscience or a soul.

  • Anonymous

    Bravo!

  • Bill_Perdue

    It’s just Republican BS. The two parties are like gangs and compete for votes and money but basically they’re one party.

    A lot of Democrats point to the lies and racism of their cousins in the other gang as it that were somehow an excuse for the racism, union busting, wars and attacks on the Bill of Rights that are the cornerstone of Democrat policy. It’s not, the whole thing is a game and the irony is that those are also the basis for Republican politics.

  • Anonymous

    Zing

  • Anonymous

    So dramatic with your false dichotomies.

  • Anonymous

    Agree, and: Obama is definitely not a socialist. Obama is a capitalist. I don’t know where the socialist buzzword is coming from.

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  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    A stun gun perhaps?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    rotfl! ‘Rosebud.’

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yep, the genius dialogue did seem familiar.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The only advantage of selling the computer is to avoid cretins like you.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Share with us your great contributions to the ‘needy’ and ‘homeless’—-that’s is, as soon as McDonald’s gives you a free lunch and a minimum wage paycheck.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “—to help the needy?” These folks are trying to help you dimwit.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    We’ll go green. You have enough gas and hot air to power us all.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Don’t think you are. :p That’s one of the most grotesque things about the cult of managerial success in the modern world: it’s spawned this whole industry of people who, lacking any particular talent or success themselves, make a business of being millionaire groupies–“experts” in finance and investment, cheerleaders for market speculation. If people have got it into their heads that the only profession that matters is playing around with other people’s money it’s thanks to idiots like those.

  • therling

    According to that site, Gates’ mother “was also on the national board of United
    Way, along with John Opel, the chief executive officer of IBM who
    approved the inclusion of MS/DOS with the original IBM PC”

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    What kind of thinking? Trollish thinking, if the term ‘thinking’ can even be applied to the diversionary straw-man ad hominem spew he dribbled all over the comments here last night.

  • Anonymous

    Jobs as well…his real father still owns a restaurant

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    And let’s not forget also the connections Mr. Gates had, to have his rather flawed MS-DOS operating system adopted by IBM over several more robust and feature-superior ones, including DR-DOS.

  • mucholderguy

    Am I just imagining things or is this guy’s nose incredibly brown?

  • emjayay

    Prosperity gospel I assume. You know, the message of Jesus that is the complete opposite of anything Jesus ever said.

  • KingCranky

    Right, liberalism is such a failure that there are massive protests, everyday, in every US city demanding an end to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food/drug/workplace safety regulations and the public school system.

    Good thing you cleared that up.

    Anyone can build a financial empire with an inherited fortune, much easier to reach $1Billion in wealth with a $100 Million jump start than it is to build $100 Million with nothing more than the lint in your pocket.

    Glad to be of assistance, no thanks necessary.

  • emjayay

    Sexist too.

  • therling

    “I gonna be Bill Gates.” If that’s your goal, start with being born into a wealthy family as Bill Gates was. His grandfather had setup a million dollar trust fund for his father, his father was a corporate lawyer, his mother was on the board of a bank.

    http://www.anthonyevans.net/asrichasbill.htm

  • Strepsi

    Amada Lang, I have a bit of an opposite-sex crush on her. She’s the CBC Business reporter and has an Agent Scully vibe that’s hot.

    But this clip is not really news, it’s their daily schtick: Kevin O’Leary is the ‘character’, the loudmouth hyper-capitalist shark, and she’s the voice of reason.

  • Duke Woolworth

    If all the rich in this story, and all their families, were killed, the meat canned and given to foodbanks, within 15 years, there would be 85 more who would own as much as these people do now.

  • Indigo

    Tell it to the Pope.

  • ronbo

    Keep mentioning Koch, it show everyone just how wrong you are and how poorly you comprehend politics. Thanks.

    http://americablog.com/2013/10/original-1989-document-heritage-foundation-created-obamacares-individual-mandate.html

    That Heritage Foundation policy was used by the Republicans to counter the Clinton Single Payer abortion eventually becoming the blueprint for corporatized politicians throughout the grift and grasp of Washington D.C.

  • HeartlandLiberal

    You should apologize for not using more. The were called for.

  • http://hunteratrandom.blogspot.com/ rmthunter

    Why should I allow you to determine my priorities? First off, I don’t have to prove anything to you, because I already know it myself. I do give to charities, and even to homeless people on the street, even though I’m on a modest income, because I do have enough for myself and a little extra that I can share. Unlike your heroes, the 1%, I do understand the idea of having enough.

    Oh, and I’m not going to sell my computer — it so happens that I do need it, since almost all of my professional life is online. (And I have to wonder what kind of thinking embraces the idea that a computer is a luxury that no one needs.)

  • http://hunteratrandom.blogspot.com/ rmthunter

    You mean like five houses, with an elevator for the cars?

    And no, as much as you might like to think so, we’re not all greedy. We live in a country where material comfort became the norm for most of us, and the ostentatious display of belongings became a measure of our worth, so we’ve gotten used to that as the status quo. Now it’s being taken away by a small group for whom the idea of “enough” isn’t even a concept. People are pissed about that, and rightly so.

    And both you and this O’Leary moron betray yourselves when you assume that anyone starts a business to become rich. I doubt that’s the case for the overwhelming majority of small business owners — and I’ve known a fair number of them. It’s because you have a passion, a product or idea that becomes paramount, something you’ve created that you can be proud of. And if you’re lucky, you make enough to live on. You might even manage to live comfortably. But you don’t do it to become rich. If you want to become rich, you go work in the financial sector, where if you can get in the door, you’re sure to be overcompensated. Don’t assume that we all want to be part of the 1% — I, for one, could care less. I just want them to play fair, which they’re not real good at.

  • Bill_Perdue

    All wealthy people steal their money in the form of profits and predatory loan rates.
    They’re all criminals.

  • Bill_Perdue

    This police state business is getting out of hand, Obama’, like Bush before him and both parties in Congress are building on the right wing anti-free speech strategy begun by Turman and McCarthy and their ‘loyalty’ oaths. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_9835

    The Obama agenda to gut the Bill of Rights is far more frightening and comprehensive, .

    NDAA will allow the Obama regime and it successors to detain (read jail) unionists and anyone else who has a beef with the rich and their paid political prostitutes.

    Obama and his ‘Justice; Department says he has the right to kill American citizens on a whim and has already done so four times that we know of. Their names are Anwar al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Mohammed. One was a sixteen year old boy from Denver Colorado. They were murdered outside of the US but Obama says he has the right to kill people on US soil. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/03/obama-admin-says-it-can-use-lethal-force-against-americans-us-soil

    FISA and the Paytriot Act and literally thousands of similar local and state laws are in use to throttle free speech and the rights to strike and demonstrate.

    These measures by the Democrats and Republicans are meant to gut the Bill of Rights and are nothing short of criminal. Socialists will reinstate democracy and pull of the teeth of the rich by confiscating their fortunes which were stolen from working people in the form of profits and predatory loans.

  • goulo

    It cries out for a comic strip. Something like this:

    First panel is this current image and statistic and O’Leary’s “It’s fantastic!” response.

    Second panel is e.g. 10 years from now; host says “20 people own as much wealth as the 8 billion poorest people” and O’Leary repeats “It’s fantastic! It inspires the poor to look up!”

    Final panel is e.g. 15 years from now; O’Leary and host are dressed in rags, host says “5 people own all the wealth of the world” and O’Leary says “It’s fantastic! It inspires us all to look up!”

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Yeah, well, he didn’t really address what I was saying, just kept on with this “sell your computer” straw-man bullshit. So I have nothing further to say at this point.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    I know that’s what you tell yourself, but it’s not true. Get the f*** out.

  • Joe Bosse

    my apologies for those who dislike curse words.

  • Joe Bosse

    I’d sit here and argue with you but I have to work 40 hours to pay for the gas I need to show up to work. How about you subsidize me with some taxes you fucking shill?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    ‘Half a moral system’? I think you give him too much credit.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    My wife is all the spouse I need.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to second that. Another good analogy would be the last drunk at the bar, talking to himself…or maybe he is on the sauce? I can’t tell…

  • Grant_Devereaux

    Kevin O’Leary got lucky and sold his internet business for a fortune. He is not terribly bright., so why would you expect him to actually think?

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Suppose not. Honestly I just don’t care that much. It’s practical realities that interest me and the reality of poverty is as practical as potatoes. I just can’t work up much enthusiasm for playing around in your wacky fantasyland where the only reason anyone starves is because they haven’t the gumption to start up their own restaurants. It’s like trying to use reason and persuasive writing to convince a hallucinating addict that, no, those aren’t real bugs crawling on him. Have fun romping around the Galt’s Gulch with the imaginary captains of industry in your head–I just don’t care.

  • Nathanael

    By the way, Andrew Carnegie, a real “self-made man” who thought that everyone should have a chance to become wealthy and if they didn’t it was their own fault — he believed that children shouldn’t inherit anything significant — he supported huge inheritance taxes.

    That, I can respect. The usual bullshit, I can’t respect.

  • Nathanael

    Absolute bullshit, Sam. We’re not talking about a few doctors with a million or two in savings. We’re talking about people with billions of dollars. (With a “b”.)

    They did not earn it. They mostly inherited a lot to start with. And then they either committed crimes, or they got lucky, or usually both.

  • Nathanael

    Since you hate the principles America was founded on, Sam (“All men are created equal”), I suggest you get the hell out of the US.

    Rich people mostly inherited their money. That’s not exactly “created equal”.

  • Sam

    admit it.
    .
    you have a thing for me.

  • Sam

    we’ll just blow right past the left’s Koch obsession – it’s never going to stop.
    .
    but . . .
    .
    if you have to use a 1989 Heritage Foundation policy paper (with the term “individual mandate” in it) that had no Republican support in ’08, ’09 or ’12 to establish GOP paternity for the Affordable Care Act, then you *know* damn well that O-care can’t work.

  • Sam

    priceless . . . different opinion = “only half a moral system”.
    .
    lol

  • Sam

    then don’t reply to me, sweetheart.
    problem solved.

  • Sam

    methinks the lady doth protest waaaaay too much.
    .
    it’s just a simple way to make the simple point – we’re all greedy.
    .
    some just refuse to admit it.
    .
    (enjoyed the pseudo-psychoanalysis though:)

  • Sam

    “All the world’s wealth doesn’t have to be concentrated among a handful of people”
    .
    and your solution is what, higher taxes? how high should they be?
    .
    i’m not the one who needs to think of relocating – unlike most liberals, I love this country.

  • Anonymous

    If you loved America you’d buy a Ford. ;)

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    You clearly are an idiot troll. I’m done with idiocy, because the only thing that exceeds your idiocy is trying to argue with an idiot who has only half a moral system.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Capitalism isn’t about winning the Monopoly game. All the world’s wealth doesn’t have to be concentrated among a handful of people to give 7 billion other people success to aspire to; that’s just a ridiculous notion, sheer greedy stupidity. We’ve had a progressive tax system in this country for 150 years precisely because we believe that some amount of income distribution is a good thing. If you don’t like it, move somewhere else.

  • ronbo

    Who ACTUALLY said that? It was YOU (not “you people”) who wrote “blaming the failures of liberalism on the KochBros”. I was giving an example that disproved your false assertion.

    Please refrain from using false logic and strawmen. Additionally, you might re-think your idea that “liberalism is so void of recent success” because we have not had liberalism for the past thirty years. If you think Bill Clinton’s NAFTA or Obama’s adoption of Heritage Foundation’s healthcare policy is liberalism, you simply aren’t thinking. That’s the real problem.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    He’s just a bored troll. And not even a very good one.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    “Legal” and “Moral and Ethical” are not necessarily the same thing, and given who has been writing the laws in this country for the last several generations, it should come as no surprise who has become obscenely rich at the expense of everybody else.

    And enough with the BS urging everybody here to sell their computers and give the money to the homeless. I’d wager anything the regulars on this blog — post authors and commenters alike — give far more to charity on a regular basis than someone who worships greed and selfishness like you do.

    BTW, ever heard of the word ‘projection’? You should look it up.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    You’ve never listened to NPR if you think this.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    This is all just incorrect.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    well OK, but I said many, not most, and we’re not talking about the wealthy but the 85 richest. In the US for example 4 of the top 10 are Walton heirs.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    ‘run away like a scared little girl’?

    So you’re a misogynist as well as an apologist for plutocratic oligarchs. Buzz off.

  • Sam

    do you really think poor attempts at humor deflect from the obvious?
    .
    if you own things you don’t need, YOU ARE GREEDY.
    .
    we all are – you lefties just don’t have the self-awareness, or the nerve, to admit it.

  • Sam

    no, the book was written years before I had even heard of them, which is to say years before you people began blaming the failures of liberalism on the KochBros, instead of focusing on the fact that liberalism is so devoid of recent success that it is now such a dirty, suicidal word in Democrat politics – you have to call it “progressivism” now – that no recent Dem candidate for prez called him/herself a liberal while running for president.
    .
    you have to go back to Mondale or Dukakis for that.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    so why aren’t you selling your car to help the needy?

    I tried, but the needy said they wanted a car with an automatic gearbox.

  • Sam

    I look forward to watching you run away like a scared little girl from my next point, just as you did 5 minutes ago.
    meanwhile . . .so you’re too good to drive a BMW are you?
    such a materialistic snob – most people would do a lot to have a car like that.
    so why aren’t you selling your car to help the needy?

  • ronbo

    The Koch brothers are your shining example. Right?

  • ronbo

    I don’t think you’ve been listening to NPR. They’ve been “turned” for over a decade now. Their sponsors ensure that anything socially responsible is anathema.

  • Sam

    having spent only half an hour on this blog, it seems that almost none of you actually understand this man’s point, or capitalism (in that last respect you’re just like our current prez).
    anyway, these people earned their money legally (prove otherwise or spare me your lies about how they’re all criminals), and like it or not they *are*, collectively, an example of something to aspire to be for young people and also for poor immigrants.
    the immigrant in question wants to save up enough cash to start a small business, and then open a second store if he can…..if it’s a good enough idea, he’ll be one of the 1% a decade from now.
    your envy won’t change how hard he works to take care of his family and make his dreams come true.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Probably took him all month to come up with this one lame “burn”. Give him another week or two and he might come up with something fresh but for now I guess we’ll just get ten thousand repetitions of the same thing.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Nah, not fond of BMW, even with a different badge on it.

  • Sam

    they *should* complain about NPR.
    do you want your tax dollars funding programs that only allow conservative viewpoints on the air? no, you don’t.
    so why is ok for NPR to be taxpayer-funded, given that it’s about as balanced as CNN or MSNBC?

  • Sam

    most wealthy people earn their money.
    see ‘The Millionaire Next Door’ by Thomas Stanley.

  • Sam

    so sell your car.
    yes, I know…..every person on this site rides a bike or a hippie-lettuce-powered Mini.

  • Sam

    too greedy to sell your possessions as well?
    shame on you….Gordon Gecko would be SO proud of all of you people.

  • Sam

    ok then . . . you’re in the “i’m too greedy to sell the computer I DO NOT NEED to help the homeless” category.
    well, at least you admit it.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Probably none? If I took my old computer, put together from parts a few years ago, to a reseller, I’d probably have to pay him to take it off my hands. Jeez, if you’re going to make an idiotic point, work harder at it. Ask me to sell my car at least. I might feed one person for a month–if I were lucky.

  • nicho

    Oh, for heaven’s sake. What an asshole.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    No, Greed is not Good. Greed is nearly universally regarded by people of conscience as one of the worst of human traits. Calling greed good is relabeling on the par with anything imagined in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It’s right up there with sloth and gluttony. Greed is despicable.

    You know what’s good? Creating something that helps the human condition. Engineering great solutions for the problems confronting humankind is good. Giving is good. Creating situations that help people to be self-sufficient is also good. Helping those who have no voice to speak is good. Seeking justice is good.

    This guy has more than enough money to feed the homeless. He says that charity is good. Then he should start by not taking so much and giving back some of what he’s got.

    Your blaming of me and others like me for poverty and homelessness is disgusting and a deflection. Asking me to shed myself of my meager possessions while lauding his (and others’) greed is disgusting. It’s false equivalence and you should be shamed for suggesting that greed is good.

    If you don’t get any of this, you have no moral compass and should seek out a mental health professional for treatment. Moral people of good will do not think greed is good, and they don’t excuse robber barons for their excessive accumulation of wealth.

  • Anonymous

    Megachurch member?

  • Sam

    so do as I ask above . . . prove you’re not greedy, sell your computer, and use the money to help the homeless.

  • Sam

    to those of you who are claiming that *other* people’s greed is the problem:
    do you know how many homeless people you could feed if you stopped being so greedy, sold the computer than you do NOT need, and gave the money to charity?
    but of course you won’t sell your precious computer.
    your youtube/freecell/facebook nonsense is far more important than feeding the homeless.
    (no, I don’t have to sell my computer . . . I don’t whine about greed – it is good:)

  • Anonymous

    Tax money goes toward this? Wow, and they complained about NPR…

  • Anonymous

    Victims make good consumers.

  • pappyvet

    Apologists for greed never cease to annoy me. Blame the victim capitalism.
    If this is the best we can do , why did we bother leaving England. So we can have our own greedy bastards instead of theirs? This is better ? Instead of living “by your leave” of a Duke to live “by your leave” of a CEO? Might as well give them the title too.
    This has all got to stop. The endless grab, the centuries old destruction of the many for the over enrichment of the few. Reminds me of that George Harrison song. “All through the night ,I ME MINE,I ME MINE ,I ME MINE.”

  • LosGatosCA

    The man is a pig. Full stop.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    “I just need to pull up my socks… oh wait, I don’t have socks!”

    Who is she? That’s awesome.

    Many of those 85 people inherited their wealth. I guess that just makes the guy making $1/day mad at his parents for not being Bill or Melinda Gates.

  • quax

    Indeed, why has this show more than 85 viewers?

  • Hue-Man

    This loathsome creature is the reason I watch the daily business news show on the CBC French channel. It makes me sick to think that tax dollars are being stolen from poor people across Canada to waste money on him for this show and Dragon’s Den.

  • Tone

    Please do not judge all Canadians by this nincompoop Trump wannabee. We’re as ashamed of him as you are.

  • Sherry Rioux

    Kevin O’Leary disgusts me and he should be ashamed of himself for making such stupid comments. We need to protest to get him OFF the air. Staying on for shock value is not what we pay the CBC for!

  • Anonymous

    Are most Republicans masochists? Just asking. They keep hoping for that extra morsel from the top, and they’ll never get it. I guess I’m just being a Marxist again…

  • Anonymous

    As I said before, there’s no cap on wealth at the top. They are simply taking more and more, unchecked. The economy grows, but only those at the very top (without fixed wages) see a change at all.

  • Anonymous

    You’re automatically a “socialist” for pointing out corporate greed, questioning the usefulness of CEOs or the death of the middle class. Careful! Pretty soon innocent questions will become grievous offenses…

  • Anonymous

    Being the CEO that brings you trash TV networks, fast food, and alcohol is apparently more lucrative than being the doctor, engineer, or professor that makes a dent in real people’s lives. “Fantastic.”

  • cole3244

    its good that people see the mind set of the capitalist thinking, but you have to have compassion and conscience yourself to act on what you see and in america that is in short supply.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Remember, in the right-wing mindset, unrealities trump realities, always. What do poverty and starvation matter? “Motivation” and “enterpreneurship”, those are the really important things.

  • RepubAnon

    He just doesn’t want anybody else jumping into the guillotine futures market until he’s cornered it… Seriously, though – this is the same PR strategy that the NRA uses any time there’s a mass shooting. The NRA always says “we need more gun owners, guns are good” and apologists for the 0.1% keep saying “Greed is good.” As long as they can keep the hate going to keep us divided, it works.

  • wtf2

    Off with his head.

  • TampaZeke

    He is a walking billboard to what is wrong with capitalism.

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