Forbes is out with its list of the richest people on the planet, and you and I aren’t on it. However, the list does include a number of gay billionaires, and for the first time a transgender woman: Jennifer Pritzker, heir to the Hyatt fortune and a leader in the fight for trans rights in the military.
While having openly LGBT people on the list is noteworthy, perhaps what is more so is how small a fraction of the list they represent: a paltry 0.4 percent, far below even the most conservative estimate of what portion of the population the LGBT community represents. Out of 1,645 people, there are seven who are out. Other than Pritzker, they are:
Missing from the list? Any lesbians. One possible future candidate: Laura Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs. Her father Joe made his money from the online brokerage house TD Ameritrade and is active in conservative causes, while Laura has appeared in an It Gets Better video and helped fund the drive for marriage equality in Illinois.