Racial Aspect Of Class War

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The top 20 members of the Forbes richest people in the U.S. are white, which implies that a racial disparity exists in the acquisition of wealth. This paper looks at the differences between two members of the one percent in order to understand the racial aspect of class war. The members being compared are Mark Zuckerberg and Patrick Soon-Shiong in respect to how they made their money and why Mark Zuckerberg has been able to make more than Patrick Soon-Shiong. The implications of a relatively amateur white man, Mark Zuckerberg succeeding more than an Asian medical genius, Patrick Soon Shiong, illustrates how white privilege impacts economic success, because Zuckerberg was able to succeed more with a privileged white background despite being…show more content…
Patrick Soon-Shiong is the definition of someone who has earned their fortune and has spent most of his life using that influence towards accruing wealth through the pharmaceutical sector, but fails to make it into the top 20 of the Forbes Top 400 Most Successful Entrepreneurs. Mark Zuckerberg and Patrick Soon-Shiong came from different backgrounds, and although now they have earned a spot in the Forbes Top 400 Most Successful Entrepreneurs, it seems that Mark had more than advantage that led to his success. Mark Zuckerberg is the son of dentist Edward Zuckerberg and psychiatrist Karen Kempner. Zuckerberg attended private school after demonstrating great proficiency in his classes at public school, and he received numerous accomplishments in science, math, astronomy, physics, and classical studies. Mark Zuckerberg lived the life of a middle class individual, where he had access to a stable household income, a prestigious education, and an opportunity for advancement in his youth giving him the opportunity to explore different realms. Compared to minority entrepreneurs, Zuckerberg has succeed far beyond a life’s worth of work. In comparison Patrick Soon-Shiong worked in his father’s store in South Africa and had grown up learning about traditional medicine through his father. Soon-Shiong had lots of hands on experience being a
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