This week’s TIME cover features Warren Buffett, the world’s third richest man, who is an advocate for higher taxes on wealthy Americans. He even told TIME’s Rana Foroohar he would match the total amount of voluntary tax contributions made by Republican members of Congress.
Buffett’s call for higher taxes on the one percent made waves for much of the past year. The message has spread so far that it now includes a reality-television star. A group called Courage Campaign created an online movement at TaxKimK.com, arguing that E! network star Kim Kardashian ought to pay a higher tax rate. Rick Jacobs, the chairman and founder of Courage Campaign, told ABC News he’s not sure what Buffett would think about the call for Kardashian to pay up. “I wonder if he knows who she is,” he said.
So, for inquiring minds, here’s what Warren Buffett had to say to TIME about Kim Kardashian.
“I’ve seen her name, but I wouldn’t be able to tell what she does but put her name in the paper,” he says. He didn’t offer an opinion on Kardashian’s particular financial situation, but Courage Campaign says she made more than $12 million in 2010 and paid a tax rate only 1% higher than a middle-class Californian.
This week’s cover story, available for subscribers, can be found here.
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