Hating the Successful

Ronn Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and respected public relations experts. Torossian is the Founder, President and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the 25 largest independent American PR firms, which was named PR Agency of the Year by the American Business Awards. He is the best-selling author of “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” a book known as an industry “must read.” Torossian is a featured op-ed columnist for The Huffington Post, Newsmax, Wired Magazine and others. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including PR Executive of the Year and is a past semi-finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Torossian lives in Manhattan with his wife and children. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter.


Living on the liberal Upper West Side of Manhattan, as a self-made successful entrepreneur who grew up in this great city, I see people every day who I think must come from another planet. When I see people in my über-luxury condominium building, where 1-bedroom apartments cost approximately $1 million dollars, sporting buttons and t-shirts for socialist causes, they get angry when I tell them if they want to share their wealth I’d be happy to take their money.  They aren’t humored (and I am not joking).

While plenty of them smoke pipes and wear tweed, none of them attended public schools in the Bronx or are the product of a single parent household.  I am yet to meet one of these elite socialists who started working from the age of 12 as I did in a pizzeria – although they did attend Ivy League schools, study philosophy and have lots of fancy degrees – none of which I have.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated New York City in a major way, a group of 100 or so (after their three day break due to weather conditions) have now re-gathered two blocks away from my home to gather outside of posh condominium 15 Central Park West representing “Occupy Wall Street” to complain about the “greed” of “evil” Lloyd Blankfein.

Blankfein is the chairman of Goldman Sachs who lives in the complex – and is “guilty” only of earning millions of dollars annually – as is his right in a free enterprise market.  These socialist Marxists don’t assist with much needed clean-up efforts in the city, where people still don’t have electricity and the elderly are stuck in their apartments. Instead, they complain about successful people.

Blankfein is a role model. The man was raised in housing projects in the Bronx – his father was a clerk with the U.S. Postal Service (after he lost his job driving a bakery truck), and his mom was a receptionist. As a boy, he worked as a concession vendor at Yankee Stadium. He attended Harvard University on scholarship and had to work in the cafeteria to pay bills. Blankfein is an American hero – someone to respect, to learn from, and someone whose success any American would seek to emulate.  And naturally, no one is stopping these Occupy Wall Street folks from becoming the next Blankfein – or Mark Zuckerberg – or successful corporate executive.

Thanks to the success of Blankfein, thousands of people are employed, pay taxes, give to charity and do great things.  He himself is Gala Chairman of the Rockefeller family’s Asia Society in New York, and serves on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization seeking to alleviate poverty in New York.  Making money and being successful is one of the great things about America.

On 57th Street, four blocks away from Blankfein’s home are the offices of billionaire George Soros, from whom Occupy Wall Street gets much of its funding. Soros, one of the ten wealthiest Americans, walks through our office building with security (where my PR agency is also headquartered).  Soros, who recently said, “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States,” is ignored by protestors even though he’s a 1-percenter. Soros seems very much the capitalist to me with his chauffeured limousines and expensive real estate, although he says, “The main enemy of the open society, I believe, is no longer the communist but the capitalist threat.”

Unlike the totalitarian Chinese government (which forbids protests and which Soros has said is “a better-functioning government than the United States”) here, unfortunately, the protests will continue.

These sick people are dangerous to this country. It takes strength from every fiber of my being to walk by these people on the way to work and on the way home.  It’s sickening – although empowers me to educate my children about how entrepreneurs like Blankfein work hard and deserve success – and those sleeping on the street and getting high deserve their sleeping bags on the sidewalk.

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  • Allen D

    Very few people like Ron have the guts and balls to say it as it really is. Ron for president!

  • https://www.facebook.com/richard.terrell.524 Richard Terrell

    Excellent!

  • Mary Sue

    I remember hearing that the Occupy crowd didn't bother trying to block the 1%er Wall Street types from entering their workplaces. Why not? Because they'd have to get up at the @$$crack of dawn, because the Wall Street guys get up then also to make it in to work by 5 or 6 am. So they just said eff it.

    Earth to Occupy idiots: The reason you're not successful is YOU ARE LAZY.

  • Ghostwriter

    I doubt the Occupy would know what a book was if you showed it to them.

  • jack loach

    Sods —–
    Law.

    April
    —- 2014.

    For almost two
    decades we have strived to get justice for the injustice we have
    suffered at the hands of a world renowned bank— PICTET & CIE.
    BANK.

    Two yorkshiremen
    both running their own small family businesses trying to resolve the
    problem by taking all the correct legal procedures to recover their
    monies.

    The matter was
    raised in Parliament – twice– the FSA investigated the matter
    concluding that PICTET had rogues operating in their London Bank —
    but the rogues had left —saying no one left to prosecute.??? —–
    so there.

    We then
    approached the Financial Ombudsman Service. (FOS) — our case was
    dealt with by seven different people —- then our numerous E-Mails
    were ignored — nobody would speak to us ——-so there.

    We then asked the
    SFO ( Serious Fraud Office.) to investigate our case —- the
    criteria of our case ticked all their boxes. — we were instructed
    not to send them any documents/evidence.—— in fact they wrote to
    us advising us to go to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.(CAB.)

    Richard Alderman
    the SFO boss —- who responded to our letter was the same man who
    would not investigate the “ Madoff” scandal or the “Libor”
    fiasco.

    The MP’s
    committee —- said he was sloppy— and the SFO was run like “
    Fred Karno’s Circus” —– it was an office of fraud.—– so
    there.

    Our M.P.
    approached our local Chief Constable to investigate—– he was
    called—- Sir Norman Bettison— Chief Constable of West Yorkshire
    Police —- a force that made “ Dad’s Army” look like the S.A.S.
    They were inept – corrupt —malicious — from top to bottom. We
    were criminally dealt with by the Forces Solicitor—- the Head of
    the Economic Crime Unit —-and the Chief Constable —– so there.

    We were then
    advised to pass our complaint against West Yorkshire Police to the
    I.P.C.C. – which we did — they advised us to make our complaint
    to —- the West Yorkshire Police — we did with reluctance — all
    we got was abuse and obfuscation. —– so there.

    Sir Norman
    Bettison —- The Forces solicitor— and the Head of the Economic
    Crime —- have all been removed from their posts and facing criminal
    allegations.

    —— so there.

    We even sought
    justice through the Courts — culminating in a visit to the Court of
    Appeal-London.— On leaving the Courts of Appeal that day our
    barrister a “rising star” informed us — that if that was
    Justice then you can keep it. He quit the law and moved to Canada
    —– so there.

    A few years later
    we learned that one of the judges in our case at the Court of Appeal
    was related to a senior executive of the Pictet Bank —–so there.

    Pictet & Cie
    .Bank — voted private bank of the year 2013.

    Ivan Pictet —-
    Voted banker of the year 2012. —- the senior partner — lied on
    numerous occasions and had documents destroyed — also said genuine
    documents were forgeries. —– so there.

    Ivan Pictet in
    Oct. 2013 —- Given the Legion of Honour — but saying that —-
    honours were given to Hitler — Eichmann — Mussolini —Franco
    — he’s in fitting company. —-so there.

    MONTY
    RAPHAEL.Q.C. — Peters & Peters.London. They were the banks
    lawyers.

    Monty
    Raphael.Q.C. along with Ivan Pictet withheld crucial documents
    requested by the High Court —- the FSA —- and the police Fraud
    Squad. —-so there.

    Monty
    Raphael.Q.C. became an Honorary Queens Counsellor in March. 2012.

    Monty
    Raphael.Q.C. became a Master of the Bench in Nov.2012.

    An expert in
    Fraud —the Doyen of Fraud Lawyers. —– so there.

    This says a lot
    about Banks — the consensus of opinion is that they are highly paid
    “crooks” —- no wonder they voted Ivan Pictet banker of the
    year.

    It appears that
    crimes in the “establishment.” are honoured by their peers.

    “HONOURS
    AMONG THIEVES.”

    Full Story.—-
    “google or Yahoo”

    Insert.

    Ivan
    Pictet.Banker.

    Monty
    Raphael.Q.C.

    Ivan Pictet/Monty
    Raphael.

    Update
    — March. 2014.

    Pictet
    & Cie Bank —- List of Crimes.

    1996 —–
    F.S.A— Breach in London.

    2003 —– F.S.A.
    – States rogues operating in Pictet’s London office. Ivan Pictet
    states that documents
    were forgeries but were later proved to be genuine in the British
    Courts. He had documents destroyed in their London office –hoping to
    hide the crimes.

    2007
    .- – - The Securities and Exchange Surveillance issued a
    recommendation that the Prime Minister and The Commissioner of
    the FSA to take disciplinary action against Pictet Asset Management –
    Japan Ltd.

    2008
    .– Dec. – Pictet Bank state – ” We have never chosen
    any funds linked to Madoff.

    2011 – - – Madoff
    Trustees sue Pictet & Cie. Bank for $156 Million.

    2011- – - Pictet &
    Cie Bank abetted a Bribery Scheme – Oil company sues Pictet for
    $350Million

    2012 – - – April
    – Geneva Bank Pictet used in Offshore Tax Scheme. ( USA.)

    2012 — – June.
    – Published in Anglo INFO .Geneva.— USA Trust Fund Investors were
    sent false and fraudulent documents by Pictet Bank in order to
    collect large fees. ( Like MADOFF)

    Even after the SEC
    in the USA uncovered the fraud Pictet continued to charge fees and
    drain whatever was left in these accounts. Estimated that $90 million
    lost in this Pictet Ponzi scheme.

    2012 – - – July.
    – De – Spiegel. — states – Pictet Bank uses a letterbox
    company in Panama and
    a tax loophole involving investments in London to gain German
    millionaires as clients.

    2012
    - – - August —- German Opposition Leader accuses Swiss Banks of
    “organised crime.”

    2013
    — Jan.— Swiss MP’ table motion to freeze Tiab Mahmud’s assets of
    ” criminal origins”

    held
    in Swiss banks – $18 million held in 5 accounts at Pictet &
    Cie. Bank. Bahamas.

    Ironically
    the Pictet & Cie.Bank partners are bigger criminals than the
    criminals who have accounts in the their bank.

    The
    bank is now seeking to re-structure — to cut the partners liability
    – hoping to off load their decades of criminal responsibilty –
    and move onwards to carry out new crimes. The Germans are right –
    the bankers should go to prison if found guilty of financial crimes..

    Both Ivan Pictet
    and Monty Raphael.Q.C. conspired to withhold crucial documents
    requested by the High Court – the FSA — and the Police Fraud
    Squad.

    Written
    Parliamentary Questions received by the table office ..

    (1) To ask the
    secretary of state what steps he is taking to ensure that Swiss Banks
    such as Pictet & Cie do not evade criminal prosecution under EU
    law even when the illegal act is committed by a London based
    subsidiary.

    (2)To ask the
    secretary of state what steps he is taking to protect the rights of
    UK citizens who seek redress following criminal activities by Swiss
    banks with subsidiary offices located in London.

    Quote.
    ( America’s Top Lawyer .)

    You can be
    the richest man in the world with the best lawyers that money can buy
    but you cannot win against a man who has got nothing left to lose and
    is telling the truth.

    *** We
    note that there has been a sharp increase in Peters & Peters
    partners leaving to go to other practices. Moving does not alleviate
    them of any responsibility from any illegalities that may have
    occurred at Peters & Peters during their partnership tenure. From
    1999 onwards.

    The consensus of
    opinion is the Pictet & Cie should be prosecuted , and that their
    U.K. banking licence should be taken away.

    Their Solicitors at
    Peters & Peters .London “ struck off and prosecuted..”

    *** Started
    campaign — June 6th.2008.

    5years —- approx
    10 .5 million e-mails – - – but still no writs, injunctions or
    threats of litigation – – - WHY – - – because it is all true.

    *** . The
    bigger they are — the harder they fall.!!!
    In America —- they would have
    all been in prison for the last seven years.

    Feb 2013,—
    Pictet & Cie Bank Partners remove their unlimited liability.They
    realise that all their personal wealth is at risk , the people they
    have conned might want their money back.

    Full Story.***

    . ” Google ”
    or ” Yahoo” .

    Insert– ( Charles
    Pictet. Banker.

    Insert– ( Ivan
    Pictet.Banker.

    Insert– ( Jacques
    de Saussure.Banker.

    Insert– ( Nicolas
    Pictet. Banker.

    Insert– (
    Jean-Francois Demole.Banker.

    Insert — (
    Philippe Bertherat. Banker.

    Insert– ( Renaud
    de Planta. Banker.

    Update.
    March. 2014.

    Over
    the last three years we posted the following on hundreds of sites .

    ***
    Were currently waiting for the West Yorkshire Police ;-

    Chief
    Constable . Sir Norman Bettison

    Forces
    Solicitor. Mike Percival.

    Head
    of Economic Crime Unit. Det Chief Inspector. Steven Taylor.

    -to
    see if they continue to cover up this case like the FSA. – “
    watch this space.”

    ****
    We can now state that all the above have been removed from their
    posts. All three facing criminal allegations.

    ****
    These three senior police officials assisted in covering up the
    crimes carried out by Pictet & Cie Bank and it’s lawyers.

    Swiss Bank
    Accounts. 2014.

    Is your monies safe
    in these accounts —- definitely NOT.

    Would you get your
    money back if every body decided to withdraw all their accounts –
    NO WAY.

    Economic Experts
    say that there would only enough money to repay 50% of their clients.

    Are you going to be
    in the 50% — that loose your money.– Get it out NOW.

    2012 — – June.
    – Published in Anglo INFO .Geneva.— USA Trust Fund Investors were
    sent false and fraudulent documents by Pictet Bank.Switzerland. in
    order to collect large fees. ( Like MADOFF) —Even after the SEC in
    the USA uncovered the fraud Pictet continued to charge fees and drain
    whatever was left in these accounts. Estimated that $90,000,000
    million lost in this Pictet Ponzi scheme.

    2012 – - – July.
    – De – Spiegel. — states – Pictet Bank uses a letterbox
    company in

    Panama
    and a tax loophole involving investments in London to gain

    German
    millionaires as clients.

    2012
    - – - August —- German Opposition Leader accuses Swiss Banks of
    “organised crime.”

    All
    the fines that crooked Swiss banks have incurred in the last few
    years exceeds £75.Billion.

    It
    is also calculated that the secrecy ” agreements” with
    regards to tax evation by their clients will cost the banks another
    £450 Billion.( paid out of your monies.)

    The
    banks are panicking — the are quickly restructuring their banks
    —- from partnerships –

    to
    ” LIMITED COMPANIES.” —– this will probably mean that
    in the future — they could

    pay
    you only 10% of your monies ” if you are one of the lucky ones”
    —- and it be legal.