The eight wealthiest people in the world own the same wealth as half the world’s population, a level of inequality, which threatens to pull our societies apart. The wealth of the world’s poorest 3.6 billion people is the equivalent to the combined net worth of these 8 men which include Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg who co-founded Facebook, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.
There is definitely a link between the vast gap between rich and poor and growing discontent with mainstream politics around the world.
From Brexit to the success of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, a worrying rise in racism and the widespread disillusionment with mainstream politics there are increasing signs that more and more people in rich countries are no longer willing to tolerate the status quo.
In fact, it is probably in the top wealthiest 1% best interest to figure out how to better disburse the wealth of the world. Should the top wealthiest continue to allow money to flow down to the poor; it is only a matter of time before the poor will be going up to get it.
Below are the world’s 8 wealthiest people:
1. Bill Gates: US founder of Microsoft – net worth $75 billion
2. Amancio Ortega: Spanish founder of Inditex, Zara fashion chain – net worth $67 billion
3. Warren Buffett: US CEO, largest shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway – net worth $60.8 billion
4. Carlos Slim Helu: Mexican owner of Grupo Carso – net worth $50 billion
5. Jeff Bezos: US founder, chairman, chief executive of Amazon – net worth: $45.2 billion
6. Mark Zuckerberg: US chairman, CEO, co-founder of Facebook – net worth $44.6 billion
7. Larry Ellison: US co-founder, CEO of Oracle – net worth $43.6 billion
8. Michael Bloomberg: US founder, owner, CEO of Bloomberg LP – net worth: $40 billion