Alternet has the article The 20 Richest Americans Are Greedy Takers—Not Inspirational ‘Makers’.
They have all taken from the public or from employees, or through taxes or untaxed inheritances.
The top individuals on the 2013 Forbes 400 list are generally believed to be makers of great companies or concepts. They are the role models of Paul Ryan, who laments, “We’re going to a majority of takers versus makers in America.” They are defended by Cato Institute CEO John A. Allison IV, who once protested: “Instead of an attack on the 1 percent, let’s call it an attack on the very productive.”
But many of the richest Americans are takers. The top twenty, with a total net worth of almost two-thirds of a trillion dollars, have all taken from the public or from employees, or through taxes or untaxed inheritances.
Read the article to see if your favorite billionaire is on this list. Decide if they built it themselves or had help.