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The 85 richest people in the world have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest.


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Oxfam International report “Working for the Few” states:

  • Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population.
  • The wealth of the one percent richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion. That’s 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population.
  • The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world.
  • 7 out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years.
  • The richest one percent increased their share of income in 24 out of 26 countries for which we have data between 1980 and 2012.
  • In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.

I'd like to find where a list of those 85 people are out of curiosity.

Looks like although the U.S. is big, they're all over the world: http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/

"Last year, the best-off 1% owned 48% of the world’s wealth, up from 44% five years ago."

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/22/davos-oligarchs-fear-inequality-global-elite-resist

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