Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is rich, and he wants everyone to know just how wealthy he is. That’s why he’s suing Forbes magazine for libel. Forbes, which ranked him at number 26 on a list of the world’s billionaires, reported the prince is worth $20 billion, which is apparently nearly $10 billion off the mark.
Really, when you’re in that category, what’s a billion here or there?
I’m not questioning the truth of what he’s claiming — I'm all about speaking your truth. But when I read the news report, I immediately thought of a line from Carol Kinsey Goman’s latest book, The Truth About Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot Liars and What to Do About Them.
“Men tell more self-centered lies,” Goman noted. “They lie about their accomplishments, salaries and status in an attempt to appear more powerful or interesting than they are.” In other words, it’s important that others note their status and accomplishments.
Women’s lies, meanwhile, are more “other centered,” intended to protect others’ feelings. Women are also “more likely to fake positive feelings,” according to Goman.
So ladies, if you ever find one of your successes minimized or misrepresented, don’t be afraid to speak your truth. Suing Forbes for libel may not be necessary, but a simple letter to the editor could suffice.