Richard Dawkins' net worth

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Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author who has an estimated net worth of $10 million. He earned his fortune from book sales, science career, as well as television and film appearances.[1]

The Telegraph reports: Slaves at the root of the fortune that created Richard Dawkins' family estate

See also: Richard Dawkins' family fortune and the slave trade and Atheism and forced labor

In 2012, the British newspaper The Telegraph reported that Richard Dawkins' family fortune came from the slave trade".[2]

The Telegraph reports in an article entitled Slaves at the root of the fortune that created Richard Dawkins' family estate:

Now Richard Dawkins, the secularist campaigner against "intolerance and suffering", must face an awkward revelation: he is descended from slave owners and his family estate was bought with a fortune partly created by forced labour.

One of his direct ancestors, Henry Dawkins, amassed such wealth that his family owned 1,013 slaves in Jamaica by the time of his death in 1744.

The Dawkins family estate, consisting of 400 acres near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, was bought at least in part with wealth amassed through sugar plantation and slave ownership.[3]

Richard Dawkins is being asked to pay reparations

The Daily Telegraph also reported:

He is now facing calls to apologise and make reparations for his family's past.

Esther Stanford-Xosei, of Lewisham, south London, the co-vice chairman of the Pan-African Reparations Coalition in Europe, said: "There is no statute of limitations on crimes against humanity.

"The words of the apology need to be backed by action. The most appropriate course would be for the family to fund an educational initiative telling the history of slavery and how it impacts on communities today, in terms of racism and fractured relationships."[4]

Christian criticism of Richard Dawkins pursuits in light of his age and wealth

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Richard Dawkins speaking at the 2010 Global Atheism Convention in Australia.

The Christian blog Shadow to Light wrote:

Retirement is a time in a person’s life when you finally get to focus all your time and attention on your true passion... If his true love really was science, he would use all this free time and money to pursue scientific quests. For the first time in his life, he could focus on any unanswered question he wanted to. He would not need to write grants or go to meetings, or play any other of the social games needed to pursue his scientific passion. He could just go out there and do the experiments and make the observations! But alas, he has continued to be the man he has always been – a man with little interest in actually doing any science. Instead, his love for atheism has emerged in all its glorious splendor. Dawkins, the wealthy, retired scientist, invests all his time and money on atheist activism.[5]

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