March 11th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 03/11/09

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Tonight on AC360°, recession news flash: the rich are getting poorer. Just hours ago, Forbes magazine published its 2009 list of the world’s top billionaires. The take-away: there are fewer of them, and their fortunes are shrinking. It’s not a story that will generate much sympathy. We get that. But it’s still an interesting look at the recession’s reach. We’ll tell you who has lost the most and who has fallen the furthest. Tonight we want to keep the live blog on this one topic. So, please share your thoughts with us.

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soundoff (395 Responses)
  1. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good night everyone

    March 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Deer in a store? Interesting. I'm thinking roast and sausage personally, not sauced from booze.

    Good night all...

    March 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. starr formerly known as vincent

    Goodnight everyone! great blog as always!

    Thanks David G too

    March 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Maren in Oregon

    Deafr Deer Beer Here . . .It's time to say goodnight!

    March 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Leah

    Hi Anderson,

    In regards to the signing of the spending bill today, is it true that there was a signing deadline of midnight tonight and if the President had not signed it, the government would have shut down, and no other business could have been conducted until it was resolved?

    March 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Gilby-HI

    Does anyone wonder just where all these billions have gone...

    March 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  7. David, Indiana

    So many things to talk about tonight. I feel the healthcare discussion is very hopeful, good to think of how openning access to healthcare will be worked out.

    No I didn't know that deer love their liquor, good to find that out Anderson.

    Good night everyone.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Sharon S

    Good show, Good night everyone Have a Wonderful Day tomorrow!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. m. thomas - canada

    ouch! – worlds' smallest or not, where did you learn to play violin, anderson?

    March 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Rafael

    Well Good Night Anderson, Erica and fellow bloogers.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Lauren--NY

    Oh, the world's smallest violin. You're a funny man, Anderson Cooper.

    Good night, everyone! See you cats tomorrow.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Deer can destroy automobiles when run into, so imagine how powerful they are and how scary that would be if you were in that store with them running around.

    Thanks 360 (and bloggers)!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Have a good night, everyone! Catch you guys tomorrow.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Mary Lou - upstate NY

    In NY the deer go for education, bnt liquor. One jumped through a window at our local college this semester!!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Emma

    Anderson & Erica, you guys just lost me on the deer/liquor comment.

    Have a good night, everyone!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Erica...I too would go shopping!

    Excellent shot! I would have to give best line of the evening to Anderson with, "You know how deer love their liquor!" Priceless!

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and fellow conversationalists! Have a great tomorrow! Chat with you then!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Erica, The rich can afford to be "charitable." In my opinion the people who are really charitble are those who give, but cannot really afford it, not the ones who give and write it off on their taxes.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. L. Carilo, H.R., CO

    Hey Anderson,

    I also played the world's smallest violin for all those wealthy "losers" when I saw the story on an earlier CNN news show. Had to explain it to my teenage daughter; she still didn't get it (made me feel old and un-hip). ~ L.C.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. Nattada, Houston, TX

    Good night Anderson, Erica, AC360 team, and all bloggers.

    Have a good one.
    Sweet dreams all. 🙂

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Maren in Oregon

    Dear Deer beer here ......OMG it's time to sday goodnight!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  21. Sean

    For anyone who says they don't feel sorry, don't they deserve the money they make no matter how much it is? Some work has to have been done to get there.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  22. JacquiChan

    I luv dear and as a vegetarian I feel for them
    all their land is being taken by builders but I am not against hunting so long as babies or mothers are not hurt and if it is for food NOT for sport
    some people feel sorry for them and so do I but they suffer alot less than animals in the supermarket who lived & suffered their entire lives in "factory farms"...
    excuse my hippie rant just felt like sharing my opinion

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. Brandi- bottom of the boot

    awwww..poor deer! they are going to hurt themselves.

    goodnite all.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  24. EJ (USA)

    In NY you are used to seeing rats in stores? That doesn't sound too good.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  25. starr formerly known as vincent

    @ David G – thanks for the questions and then reading our blogs, and then giving us your follow up results and your opinion (your are truly invaluable to us)

    Anderson, thank you very much for the "positive" story on the stim bill (please give us more)

    Good night to Anderson, Erica, crew & David....& Fellow Bloggers!!

    Another really informative show and as always a great blog!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  26. Sherry, N. Calif.

    The list of the wealthy does not impress me at all. Where is the list of the poor? Better yet the middle class? I think it has become two. The rich and the poor. Everyone complains about the little piece meal Pres. Obama is giving out to Americans? Makes me laugh at what has been spent since Dec. 2007 until now! Try 11.6 trillion. I have the list of where it has gone and what has been spent. There is a difference. I would like to know where that difference is!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  27. Esma

    What an endeering shot! Yikes!

    I have deer that I feed from a bird feeder everyday. Such is Indiana. I tell people they work for Santa. 😉

    Goodnight, everyone!!!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  28. Gabrielle Swan

    Thank you for playing that teeny tiny violin... it is hard to feel bad for those people when it is nearly impossible for a recent grad such as myself to find a job! Know anyone looking for a fabulous publicist??

    March 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  29. Martina

    Bristol Palin and her boyfriend break up – wow...there's a shocker

    what with the deer gone wild video...lol

    March 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  30. John

    "I thought I read today that a Mexican drug cartel guy just made it to the Forbe’s List of Billionaires…..believable but unbelievable!"

    I bet he is a big supporter of the "War on Drugs" the longer we continue to implement a failed prohibition the more people like this like it.

    Legalize it, Tax It.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  31. Isabel, Brazil

    Good night, Anderson and producers!

    Good night, David (Indiana), Megan, Casey, Gayle, Esma, Rikki, Brandi, Betty Ann, Vanessa, …

    See you tomorrow ll!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  32. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I have a hard time feeling bad for the billionaires turned millionaires by this recession! But it is interesting to find that nobody seems to be immune!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  33. Isabel, Brazil


    We can see very few women in the general list of Forbes ... too bad! 😉

    March 11, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  34. EJ (USA)

    Compared to what some other news anchors are paid – I think Anderson should be paid a lot more than he makes.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  35. Sharon S

    Hey where are all the AC360 peeps they were blogging with us last week?

    March 11, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  36. Minou, New York City

    Aawww, I love deer!! They are so precious and special! I feel sorry for those scared wild animals that find themselves trapped in a human environment..happens all the time. poor booboos!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  37. Fay - California

    These millionaire/billionaires can never really be hurt, regardless of the "big" hit their finances might take.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  38. Bea

    Ah well, goodnight all. So sorry about that officer who lost his family in Alabama.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  39. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    The poor and middle class have ALWAYS been the ones to feel the pinch when we are in a recession .So now ,the 'pain' is trickling up.I think that when the middle class does well WE ALL do well.I feel most sorry for the charities that have lost their benefactors due to the recession,and the people those charities helped

    March 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David G, David in IN, Brandi, Esma, Bea, BettyAnn, Rikki, Michelle D, Glen, EJ, Ashley, Isabel, Chris S, Vanessa TX, Vanessa DC, Pati, Casey Sean, Soldier in IRAQ, Helen, Reading, UK, Gayle and best bloggers!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    Day of the shot with many deer took charge in the store!!!!!! so funny!!!!! that is so great shot!!!!!! LOL!!!!

    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you tomorrow night!!! Have a plenty sleep! 😀

    March 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  41. Sean

    We will survive and move on like we always have. Imagine what a similar list would have read like at the start of the great depression, and this isn't even as bad.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  42. Bobby

    Deer and Beer... Nice going..

    March 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  43. Anthonia-California

    Wow, i would never expected those "billionares" lost that much money.

    That picture of donald trump on the dollar bill is snazzy. lol, it just looks like hes going to shout "You're Fire.." nice :]

    March 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  44. Miranda



    Its been fun...Have a great night.


    March 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  45. Robert

    I don't know if it's reassuring to see the richest people in the world losing their money such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, but it does give you hope to see people such as Bloomberg, Oprah, etc. thriving. I think we will pull out of this, but this information in a strange way give comfort that we're all in this together (worldwide even).

    March 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
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