America's Greediest People

Larry Ellison heads up a list full of no-good rich folks
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2009 2:12 PM CST
America's Greediest People
In this Nov. 24, 2008 file photo, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch attends a film premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

These days, it’s easy to fill up a “greediest Americans” list. Just ask, a site devoted entirely to “excess and inequality.” “We could fill an entire top 10 just with bankers from Goldman Sachs,” it boasts. The list:

  1. Larry Ellison: The really galling part isn’t the fortune he spent on his yacht—including $10 million for the mast alone. It’s that the Oracle CEO contested the $166.3 million tax appraisal on his mansion, ultimately costing local schools $250,000 a year.

  1. Richard Scott: Scott, CEO of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. during its Medicare fraud scandal, led the year’s media blitz against Democrats’ health care reform efforts.
  2. Mark Hurd: Hewlett-Packard’s CEO jacked up ink prices, while firing 6,000 workers and cutting salaries. He, meanwhile, took home $26 million.
  3. Rupert Murdoch: One day, while cruising on his $30 million yacht, Rupert decided to start the drumbeat to charge for newspaper articles. Probably because his annual take-home from News Corp had fallen to a meager $27.5 million.
    For the full list, click the link above.
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