Gina Rinehart, the world’s richest woman, has some very no-nonsense advice for those who are jealous of her wealth. Rinehart urged her fellow Australians to “spend less time drinking, smoking, and socializing” if they too wanted to achieve great success, the Daily Mail notes. Gina Rinehart has accumulated approximately $20 billion in wealth. The world’s wealthiest woman expanded upon the mining empire funds she inherited from her father.
Rinehart’s comments garnered quite a bit of backlash from her fellow Australians. The billionaire’s detractors claim she has never had a “real job.” Gina Rinehart has increased her wealth due to the Western Australia resources boom, the Daily Mail notes. Rinehart also shared her opinions on the “class warfare” she feels is permeating through Australia. Rinehart contends that wealthy individuals such as herself are doing more than anyone else to help the poor by creating jobs and investing money.
Australian treasurer Wayne Swan is one of Gina Rinehart’s most vocal critics, the Daily Mail reports. Swan spoke in opposition of Rinehart’s suggestion that lowering the minimum wage and cutting taxes would spur job growth.
In a recent Gina Rinehart column in Australian Resources and Investment magazine she remarked:
“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire. If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself – spend less time drinking or smoking or socializing, and more time working,”
Gina Rinehart’s comments also drew a testy response from the Australian Council of Trade Unions President, Ged Kearney. The union leader claims the views of the world’s richest woman are “stuck in the nineteenth century,” according to the Daily Mail. Gina Rinehart, 58, was declared the wealthiest woman in the world in May by Australia’s Business Review Weekly magazine.