According to the 2016 Forbes Billionaires List, the aggregate wealth of the world's 1,810 billionaires is approximately $6.5 trillion, exceeding the GDP of Japan, the world's third largest economy with a GDP of $4.4 trillion. In other words, the wealth of 0.00002% of the world's population accounts for 9 percent of the world's GDP of about $74 trillion.
How do we measure the net worth of a billionaire? The estimate is based on total asset value, including stakes in public and private companies, real estate, yachts, art and cash. If a person were a country, we'd measure GDP, which is commonly defined as the sum of the final uses of goods and services (excluding intermediate consumption) measured at purchasers’ prices, less the total value of imported goods and services. Based on this net worth-GDP comparison, we can draw the following comparisons from the Forbes 2016 data:
The United States is home to the largest number of billionaries (540 persons), accounting for 30 percent of the world's billionaires and 37 percent, or $2.4 trillion, of the group's aggregate wealth. The net worth of America's billionaires represents a remarkable 12 percent of US GDP. The next five countries by the number of billionaires are China (251), Germany (120), India (84), Russia (77) and Hong Kong (64). Compared to Forbes' survey one year ago, China demonstrated the largest gain in billionaries, adding 38 new billionaires to the ranking. If this trend continues, China will have more billionaires than the United States in 7 to 8 years.
اسمح لشركة Knoema بتقديم مجموعة المرئيات المصممة ببراعة مباشرة إلى صندوق الوارد.
Rising income inequality in the United States over the past quarter century is well documented. For the vast majority of states, the share of income held by the top decile experienced a prolonged period of stability after World War II, followed by a substantial increase in inequality during the 1980s and 1990s. And the most interesting fact that the rising income inequality has positive correlation with the growth of real personal per capita income. Frank, Mark. W. 2009 "Inequality and Growth in the United States: Evidence from a New State-Level Panel of Income Inequality Measure" Economic Inquiry, Volume 47, Issue 1, Pages 55-68
Source: Poverty and Inequality StatisticsEconomyCrimeDemographicsGDP, current prices USDHomicide RateTotal Population ForecastGDP, PPP current intern. $HomicidesPopulation Growth Rate ForecastGDP per capita, current prices USDPercentage of homicides by firearmPopulation Density ForecastGDP per capita, PPP current intern. $Number of homicides by firearmMedian Age of the Population ForecastForeign Direct InvestmentHomicide by firearm rate Total populationTotal External Debt, USDAssault, ratePopulation Growth RateShare of AgricultureKidnapping, ratePopulation DensityShare of ManufacturingRobbery, rateMedian Age of PopulationShare of...