Feel that global individual income is considerably lopsided? Well, here’s some backing to prove that point. The world’s eight richest individuals have as much combined wealth as the bottom half of the global population.
This is a noticeable change from last year’s statistic, which stated that 62 of the world’s richest persons obtained as much wealth combined as the 3.6 billion people in the poorer half of the population.
This year’s results have once again come courtesy of Oxfam to closely coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The figures are partly based on Forbes’s annual list of billionaires and the publication’s estimates of their wealth.
So, who are these eight otherworldly rich individuals who have so much money combined that it equates to the bottom half of the population? There’s Bill Gates ($75 billion), Amancio Ortega Gaona ($67 billion), Warren Buffett ($60.8 billion), Carlos Slim Helú ($50 billion), Jeff Bezos ($45.2 billion), Mark Zuckerberg ($44.6 billion), Lawrence J. Ellison ($43.6 billion), and Michael Bloomberg ($40 billion).
We’re not sure if those numbers are motivational or just plain depressing. You pick.
- Source: The New York Times