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 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 1645 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
Their worth/population $876.71
To get your head round this, the few (legitimate) billionares on the Forbes list
can give every person on the planet nearly $1,000 each – and not miss it. They can 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 help themselves from grasping at 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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