Billionaire's Instagram-perfect isolation on a luxury superyacht draws public outrage


“Isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus,” the billionaire, 77, said in an Instagram post. “I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.”

The photos of his luxury confinement aboard the 454-foot Rising Sun, one of the world’s biggest private vessels, triggered an immediate social-media backlash over the weekend.

The billionaire in question is David Geffen. He’s a self-made billionaire and philanthropist who started a lot of entertainment companies that did things a lot of people have loved. Why give the guy a hard time because he has the means to isolate himself on a nice boat?

What I see online isn’t a “war against the rich”, but a bunch of pissing and moaning about competence. His parents were immigrants. He barely finished high school. It's not like the guy was born into his wealth. He earned it.

Can you imagine if people in North Korea gave any one of us a hard time because we have electricity 24 hours a day? Or because we can afford to eat just about whatever we want, whenever we want?