50% of World’s Wealth Owned by Just 85 People!

The 85 richest people on the planet have accumulated as much wealth between them as half of the world’s population, political and financial leaders have been warned ahead of their annual gathering in the Swiss resort of Davos.
The tiny elite of multibillionaires, who could fit into a double-decker bus, have piled up fortunes equivalent to the wealth of the world’s poorest 3.5bn people, according to a new analysis by Oxfam. The charity condemned the “pernicious” impact of the steadily growing gap between a small group of the super-rich and hundreds of millions of their fellow citizens, arguing it could trigger social unrest.
It released the research on the eve of the World Economic Forum, starting on Wednesday, which brings together many of the most influential figures in international trade, business, finance and politics including David Cameron and George Osborne. Disparities in income and wealth will be high on its agenda, along with driving up international health standards and mitigating the impact of climate change.
Oxfam said the world’s richest 85 people boast a collective worth of $1.7trn (£1trn). Top of the pile is Carlos Slim Helu, the Mexican telecommunications mogul, whose family’s net wealth is estimated by Forbes business magazine at $73bn. He is followed by Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder and philanthropist, whose worth is put at $67bn and is one of 31 Americans on the list.
Other well known names include the business magnate Warren Buffett, whose estimated worth is $53.5bn, and Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, with $23bn.
Richest Man 2The world’s richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, sits on a family fortune of $30bn derived from L’Oréal, the cosmetics company. According to Forbes, the richest person in the UK (and 89th in the world) is the Duke of Westminster, whose property empire has boosted his wealth to $11.4bn.
Carlos Slim Helu, the Mexican telecoms mogul, is the world’s richest man, with a worth of $73bn
Oxfam calculated that almost half the world’s wealth, $ 110 trillion is owned by 1 %.

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  • Graeme Stewart

    The rest of the world are, I’m afraid little more than tools for the completion of this ‘great consolidation of power’. YOU don’t see it, and probably never will because you will ultimately believe it is the end of everything. And rightly so. It may well be. And by design, too. You are as goats or sheep ridden with mental disorders who will run and jump off the precipice that the mass of ‘survivors’, the humble ones, the progeny of the 85 may live in ‘Peace & Harmony’ with so-called “Mother-Earth” or Gaia. You see, you’re cracking up already as you read this, and it is a beautiful vision, particularly if you’ve no way out but to pay your taxes, and grin-on!

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