The 85 Richest People In The World Have A Combined Net Worth Of Half The World's Wealth


Approximately half of the world’s total wealth, or about $110 trillion, is held by 1 percent of the world’s population, according to a report published just days before the kickoff of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

In the study titled “Working for the Few,” Oxfam, a British-based development charity, determined that roughly 85 individuals possess assets that are equal to the total assets held by the 3.5 billion poorest people on earth. That’s roughly half of the global population.

Moreover, the report finds that the wealth held by the richest 1 percent is about 65 times the total wealth of those who fall into the “bottom half” of the world’s population.

The WEF has identified the increasing disparity in the global wealth gap between the rich and the poor as one of the most pressing global economic problems and intends to address the issue this week during its meeting in Davos.

Oxfam CEO Winnie Byanyima believes this current trend is unacceptable and must be curbed.

Byanyima concluded by saying that “without a concerted effort to tackle inequality, the cascade of privilege and of disadvantage will continue down the generations. We will soon live in a world where equality of opportunity is just a dream.”

Via: USA Today, Top Photo Credit: Getty Images