In the spirit of full disclosure, I've decided I must provide the Eve Community the following information. 
I was born a capsuleer on March 23, 2008. For the next one year, nine months and three weeks, I was a lone wolf industrialist. I hardly ever (never?) spoke in local. I had few contacts beyond RL acquaintances and those contacts I did have were brief and professional. I mined asteroids in Cistuvaert for the most part and minded my own business.
On January 13, 2010 I created the single capsuleer corporation Mabrick Mining and Manufacturing as a tax shelter. I continued to mine asteroids. I tried some courier work. I plied some trade routes. I later moved from my home system of Cistuvaert to Aporulie. I started manufacturing T1 and T2 ships. I got heavily invested into planetary industries and ran a profitable Wetware Mainframe business between Aporulie and Jita.
On February 11, 2011, I started this blog. It's been the most interaction I've had with other characters and has spawned several in-game associations. The most notorious was when Goonswarm declared war against my one man corporation for having written some uncomplimentary things about their dictator and chief, The Mittani. I do not know The Mittani personally nor have I ever met him. During this war-dec the longest conversation I had with another capsuleer took place with Elecktra Blue of Thunderwaffe. It was polite and professional, and no I wasn't blown up. It was mostly about how she liked my "bad press." As she put it, "no press is bad press."
Because of this war-dec, I had several contacts from various capsuleers asking if I'd like to join them. There is no need to discuss from whom, because I made a choice and those capsuleers are the only one's with whom I've remained in contact. On August 12, 2012 I handed over CEO duties to my good friend Kao Jai and joined Hiigaran Bounty Hunters Inc. in their C3 wormhole system. After moving in, the only contact with other capsuleers I had, other than on the blog, was with members of my new corporation or those that wanted to blow me up. And even then, there was no talking. Wormholers aren't chatty and local is that thing known space dwellers use.
And on the blowing up front, the most notable example of that was when elements of Surely You're Joking (SYJ) camped the hell out of our C3 system while on Jihad. After several weeks of ship losses, including one inglorious DIAF suicide dive, we negotiated a ransom. Then we negotiated a membership in the alliance. Hiigaran Bounty Hunters Inc. joined them eight months and 10 days ago. We moved to SYJ's C6 home base and I resided there until I moved to Stain last month.
While a member of SYJ, I've interacted with many capsuleers on an almost daily basis. Nearly all of them are members of SYJ, though a few were not at the time I began corresponding with them. Every bit of recruitment helps don't you know! To date, I have 31 contacts in my list. That's less than one every other month since I've become a capsuleer.
To my knowledge, no one I've ever had any contact with has ever been awarded bling by CCP, except for those items all capsuleers received as gifts. SYJ did participate in Alliance Tournament this year, and I suppose there might have been some bennies for flying a ship in it, but I am personally unaware of anything anyone might have been given in the way of bennies.
And I myself have never been the recipient of any favoritism from CCP or any CCP affiliated sponsor. This blog isn't even an official fan site. I don't get anything for writing it, except once in awhile syndication on EN24. That is until last Friday, when I accepted a contract for the Phantasm I won as part of SOMERblink's Eve Vegas extravaganza whoopdy doo...
What's that? You don't give a rat's ass? You feel like I just wasted your time with a whole lot of trivial bull shit? You really don't care about my past or present associations because I'm just a carebear and a nobody?
Then why the hell would you you get angry because Ripard Teg may know someone who has benefitted from CCP largess? Ripard Teg has been around quite a bit longer than I have. He has been much more involved in getting to know other capsuleers than I have. He seems to be far more extraverted than I am, and his expertise as a capsuleer is far superior to mine in most every respect. People seek him out. They value his opinion. And that goes for any other well known and respected citizen of New Eden. Hell, Chribba is giving a presentation at Eve Vegas.
<sarcasm> OMG, CCP actually reached out to one of the most famous capsuleers EVER to speak at a capsuleer event. HOW DARE HE ACCEPT! FAVORITISM I SAY! IT'S PURE FAVORITISM! </sarcasm>
What a load of crap. If you suspect impropriety, and actually have evidence to back it up, then report it to the appropriate people in CCP. Otherwise, HTFU. Spouting off about alleged favoritism is something I'd expect from grade schoolers. We call that Teacher's Pet syndrome in the United States. Grow the hell up. The man does not deserve to feel like he has to post a point-by-point rebuttal of what is nothing more than slander with a twinge of penis envy.
If you feel he hasn't earned the right to be as well regarded as he is, ask yourself why you feel that way. The issue isn't him. The issue is with you, and it's probably the reason why you'll never be as well respected as Ripard Teg is. He's gotten past his petty jealousies (I think, LOL.) Either get past your's or shut up already.
 This was not the post I'd intended to write today, but this really chaps my hide and I had to vent some about it. Thanks for indulging me.