Elizabeth Warren Classifies 14 Asian Billionaires as White

Victor Westerkamp
By Victor Westerkamp
December 23, 2019Politicsshare
Elizabeth Warren Classifies 14 Asian Billionaires as White
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks during an event to introduce the "Medicare for All Act of 2017" on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 13, 2017. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

According to Elizabeth Warren’s campaign website, only six out Forbes’ list of 400 wealthiest Americans were non-white—overlooking 14 Asian billionaires who were classified as white.

Intercept reporter Lee Fang pointed out on Twitter that “The campaign website this racial infographic appears on seems like a sincere effort to explain how tax justice = racial justice. But like almost any fixation on race in politics, the end result is clumsy, inaccurate, & ends up projecting a stereotype.”

In the since taken down graphic which was featured on her website’s Wealth Gap section, there were 400 dots, 394 of them marked light blue representing whites, four designated as “Latinx,” two for blacks.

Forbes wealthiest 400 according to Warren
(screenshot elizabethwarren.com/wealth-gap/Daily Caller)

However, things are not as bad as Warren wants us to believe, as she sneaked in 14 billionaires into the white billionaires group. So, for the sake of completeness, here’s the list of the 14 “white” billionaires of Asian descent:

  • Shahid Khan, owner of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars: position 61
  • Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay: position 36
  • Patrick Soon-Shiong: position 85
  • David Sun, the co-founder of Kingston Technology: position 119
  • John Tu, partner of David Sun: position 119
  • Jensen Huang: position 168
  • Rakesh Gangwal, founder of IndiGo airline: position 207
  • Min Kao, co-founder of Garmin Corporation: position 207
  • Romesh T. Wadhwani, CEO of Symphony Technology Group: position 261
  • Tai Lee, CEO of SHI International: position 287
  • Jerry Yang, Yahoo co-founder: position 333
  • Kavitark Ram Shriram, an early backer of Google: position 370
  • Aneel Bhusri: position 370
  • Vinod Khosla: position 388

Warren, who isn’t too bad off herself financially, is worth $12 million, according to Forbes. She therefore would perfectly fit the description of a white elite capitalist; the kind of person that she claims to want to strip of their privileges.

The Epoch Times reported earlier this month on the revenue made from her private business.

Warren Made at Least $1.9 Million for Legal Work

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, made at least $1.9 million for her legal work in the past, her campaign said.

The campaign released 15 pages of new data, adding to a list it released in May, showing Warren’s compensation for cases she worked on as an attorney going back to the 1980s.

Kristen Orthman, communications director for Warren’s campaign, said that Warren “voluntarily disclosed on her campaign website a list and descriptions of her legal work” in May.

“Tonight, we have updated it to include the income she earned from each case,” she added. The list is here.

“If Democrats are going to defeat Donald Trump, or whoever the Republican Party might replace him with, we must nominate a candidate who can create the most robust possible contrast against Republicans on conflicts of interest and corruption issues,” Orthman said in a statement.

“Elizabeth does not sell access to her time—no closed-door big-dollar fundraisers, no bundling program, no perks or promises to any wealthy donor. She is one of the only candidates who has pledged to end the practice of appointing campaign donors as U.S. ambassadors over pro diplomats.”

The release comes after Warren and rival Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, battled over financial transparency in recent weeks. Warren says Buttigieg has not been forthcoming enough about his financial past and criticized his closed-door fundraisers.

Epoch Times reporter Zachary Stieber and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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