Here’s a few sobering facts to think about when you wonder about the future.
When I was born there were 3.1 billion people on the planet. As I write this (in 2015) there are now nearly 7.3 billion and that number is accelerating. At what point do we start to run out of resources like food, water, fuel?
A million dollars: $1,000,000
A billion dollars: $1,000,000,000
A trillion dollars $1,000,000,000,000
According to wikipedia, the Forbes rich list (2014) numbers 1,645 billionaires :
Their total worth $6,400,000,000,000
Their average worth $3,890,577,508
Put into perspective:
The total world GDP is $75,000,000,000,000
These few wealthy individuals are worth nearly 10% of the planet.
Current world population 7,300,000,000
$6,400,000,000,000 / 7,300,000,000 = $876.71
They afford to can give every man, woman and child on the planet $730 and still be fabulously wealthy. Why that figure? Because most of the population of the planet actually live in (exploited) third world countries, earning barely $2 a day. That would be a year’s wage for then.
It’s entirely possible to end world poverty 4x over…
But they, and the upper tier of rich ultra elite that own and control at least 80% of the wealth, property – and power – on the planet can’t stop themselves from grasping at ever more and more, at any cost (to others).
You might also want to read :
Oxfam report : Wealth: Having it all and wanting more
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