Is there a correlation between the amount of money a political or media figure makes a year, and how influential they are? Newsweek magazine seems to think there is, and asked Wealth-X, a research firm, to compile a list of the 50 highest-earning figures of 2010. They did, and published it, despite representatives for most individuals avowing that Wealth-X’s estimates were inaccurate.
Omitting the disturbing fact that if paychecks define the level of influence of a politician or political pundit, we are in fact living in a plutocracy, HS-News is pleased to report that not one but two Latinos have made it to Newsweek’s list this year!
With a whooping $4 million of approximate earnings last year, leading newsman at Univision Jorge Ramos, who reaches more than 45 million Hispanic Americans daily, tied at position nineteen with talk show host Bill Maher, and—wait for it—The president of the nation, Barack Obama! Ramos, likely earns six figures for his syndicated weekly column (published by more than 30 newspapers), has published 10 books in 10 years, and officially, has become the most influential Latino.
The other Latino on the list, is rumored to have made one million dollars last year. He hosts the most listened to radio show in the United States “Piolín por la Mañana,” and it’s quite likely that if Eduardo Sotelo doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because he does all his influencing through his pseudonym, “Piolín.” A Univision representative suggested Eduardo Sotelo “uses this platform to ensure Hispanics are well informed and empowered to have their voices heard through their civic participation.”