The faces and names are well known. You’ve probably read some list inspirational with tips of some of them: Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg. They are the eight biggest billionaires in the world, according to the ranking of the magazine Forbes. This Monday (16/01), they occupy in weight the news after the international report show that the fortune of the group is equal to the assets of the poorest half of the world’s population — 3.6 billion people.
From 2015, the 1% richest has more money than the rest of the planet together. The numbers are from Oxfam, a confederation of Ngos present in 94 countries, including Brazil, which works for the reduction of inequality. The study, titled "An economy for the 99%", will be presented at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, which takes place this week.
According to Oxfam, inequality has been growing every edition of the study, at a speed even greater than anticipated. In the past year, the report indicated that the 62 richest people possessed wealth equivalent to the poorest half of the population. At the beginning of the decade, were 388 subjects with the same proportion of the wealth of 3.5 billion people.
Currently, the 50% of the world’s poorest have less than 0.25% of the wealth global net. Of this group, 3.6 billion people, about 3 billion live below the line “ethics of poverty” — defined by the wealth that would allow people to have a normal life expectancy of little more than 70 years.
To illustrate the size of the gap between the richest and the poorest in the world, Oxfam did a few more comparisons. According to the survey, an executive director of any company in the FTSE-100 (London stock exchange) earn the same in a year than 10,000 people working at clothing factories in Bangladesh. And, in Vietnam, the richest man in the country earns more in a day than the poorest person earns in ten years.
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