Number 5: Richard Dawkins’ Net Worth

Since the year is winding down, I think I will repost the top 5 most popular blog entries from 2015.  The first one was entitled, “Richard Dawkins’ Net Worth” and was posted on January 29, 2015.  Not quite sure why it was so popular, but I think the realization of Dawkin’s being so rich tied in nicely with the common perception that the man is simply “out of touch” with the way things are.  Anyway, coming in at #5 – 

Did you know that Richard Dawkins is not merely rich, but Super Rich?

Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author who has an estimated net worth of $135 million ($100 euro) according to the Sunday Times in 2012. He has earned his net worth due to book sales, science career and his television and film appearances.

$135 million dollars strengthens my previous case outlining the deceptive nature of Dawkins’ public image as a “lover of science:”

Retirement is a time in a person’s life when you finally get to focus all your time and attention on your true passion. This is especially true if the person who retires is both healthy and wealthy. Dawkins is all three – he has retired, he is healthy, and he is very wealthy. If his true love really was science, he would use all this free time and money to pursue scientific quests. For the first time in his life, he could focus on any unanswered question he wanted to. He would not need to write grants or go to meetings, or play any other of the social games needed to pursue his scientific passion. He could just go out there and do the experiments and make the observations! But alas, he has continued to be the man he has always been – a man with little interest in actually doing any science. Instead, his love for atheism has emerged in all its glorious splendor. Dawkins, the wealthy, retired scientist, invests all his time and money on atheist activism.

When I noted he was wealthy, I envisioned him as having a couple of million. Never did I imagine he had $135 million dollars. A man with that much money and free time who refuses to do science is a man who does not truly love science.

Oh, that article forgot to mention another source of Dawkins’s net worth: he is descended from slave owners and his family estate was bought with a fortune partly created by forced labour.

He has railed against the evils of religion, and lectured the world on the virtues of atheism.
Now Richard Dawkins, the secularist campaigner against “intolerance and suffering”, must face an awkward revelation: he is descended from slave owners and his family estate was bought with a fortune partly created by forced labour.

One of his direct ancestors, Henry Dawkins, amassed such wealth that his family owned 1,013 slaves in Jamaica by the time of his death in 1744.

The Dawkins family estate, consisting of 400 acres near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, was bought at least in part with wealth amassed through sugar plantation and slave ownership.

Dawkins tries to defend himself:

He quoted Scripture – disparagingly – to insist: “I condemn slavery with the utmost vehemence, but the fact that my remote ancestors may have been involved in it is nothing to do with me.

“One of the most disagreeable verses of the Bible – amid strong competition – says the sins of the father shall be visited on the children until the third or fourth generation.”

Audibly irritated, he added: “You need a genetics lecture. Do you realise that probably only about 1 in 512 of my genes come from Henry Dawkins?
[…]
He insisted: “The estate is now a very small farm, struggling to make its way, and worth peanuts. The family fortune was frittered away in the 19th Century. Such money as I have is scarcely inherited at all.”

He inherited a farm that makes him around $20,000 dollars a year and he calls it all “peanuts.” The Super Rich can afford to be snobs.

Here’s an idea. Why doesn’t Dawkins sell off his farm and give all the money to the poor? After all, a man with $135 million dollars can afford it.

 

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