the world's billionaires

to be a billionaire

the world's billionaires

 

An excellent infographic, courtesy of our friends at Statista.  I’ve written before about how to become a billionaire.  The world population as of 2010 was 6,840,507,003.  Only 1,226 of those humans are billionaires, which is – in percentages – 0.000018 percent.  The wealth increase in the world’s billionaires has been in their net worth, not in the number of billionaires.  As I wrote about in my earlier article, your chances of being a billionaire were far, far better if you were an American in the latter half of the 20th century, but in the first half of the 21st you’ve got a much better chance if you’re not an American.    So who wants to be a billionaire?  Honestly, I don’t.  I’ll settle for hundred millionaire, because I’m simple like that.  Hah.

  • http://twitter.com/BoomerandEcho Boomer and Echo

    Interesting infographic.  Last I checked though, Canada has 25 billionaires and was not part of the United States.  :)

    • http://www.bripblap.com Steve

      Not yet……yet……
      :)

    • Chad

       Saw a comedian once talking about the U.S. relationship with Canada.  His joke, “Our Salvation Army could kick their ass.”  Obviously a joke. 

      Actually, I admire Canada’s military restraint.  If I were you guys I would cut defense by 80-90%.  Rely on the idiots south of you (us) to create a buffer between you and anyone threatening and use that extra cash for some type of economic stimulus.  Maybe free college for all Canadians, maybe big tax breaks for scientific research, maybe a huge bet on alternative energy, etc. 

  • Chad

    Wow!  So, it’s not just the U.S. that is letting the 1% (actually the .01%) rape us.  $295 billion to $4.6 trillion?  Just ridiculous.  This is not the way to build a stable world.  Especially, when a very large portion of those billionaires were essentially robber barons.  The Russians are prime examples.