Chick-Fil-A's Bigoted Billionaires Dan Cathy and Donald Cathy

July 31, 2012 2:27 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Chick-fil-a comes under fire for anti-gay remarks. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Just because your fried chicken chain's logo doesn't have Colonel Sanders in it doesn't mean your corporation is faceless. In fact, as former politicians Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have both pointed out, there are some very real people who's reputations and livelihoods are on the line here. Let's take a closer look at some of them.

When Samuel Truett Cathy started Chick-fil-A, he believed in family above all else. That's why he left the company's business in the hands of his two sons, Dan Cathy (President) and Donald "Bubba" Cathy (Executive Vice President). And according to a report published today by PrivCo, a research firm that analyzes the financial data of private companies, these two men have just joined the ranks of the world's richest people.

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That's right, folks: it pays to be a bigot. According to PrivCo's reports, Chick-fil-A can be valued at approximately $4.5 billion dollars. According to a source familiar with the company, Dan and Bubba each own one third of the restaurant chain. Do the quick math, then wonder why neither of the two boys has ever appeared on an international wealth list once.

"The sons have been involved in running the company for many years," claimed Kenneth L. Bernhardt, a frequent consultant for Chick-fil-A, "Dan has had just about every job there is in the company, with a strong focus on operations. Bubba focuses a very large percentage of his time on the company's philanthropic efforts."

Unfortunately, any of those philanthropic efforts are hampered (or heightened, depending on your point-of-view) by the recent P.R. crisis, potentially the biggest with which the company has had to deal since the trans fats shaming about a decade ago. Gay-rights groups continue to urge boycotts of the chain, and the mayors of Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago have all spoken out against the company.

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