These 80 People Own Half of The World’s Wealth

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Source: Exposing Truth

Since the “financial repression,” the most powerful people have only gotten more powerful. A 2013 Oxfam report found that 80 people had as much wealth as 1/2 of humanity, and a few months later Forbes said the number had dropped to 67. Many of us asked who exactly these people are, and now the list has been released.

[the numbers are measured by billions and were recorded in 2014]

1 Bill Gates $76 USA – Tech

2 Carlos Slim Helu $72 Mexico – Telecom

3 Amancio Ortega $64 Spain – Retail

4 Warren Buffett $58 USA – Finance

5 Larry Ellison $48 USA – Tech

6 Charles Koch $40 USA – Diversified

7 David Koch $40 USA – Diversified

8 Sheldon Adelson $38 USA – Entertainment

9 Christy Walton $37 USA – Retail

10 Jim Walton $35 USA – Retail

11 Liliane Bettencourt $35 France – Product

12 Stefan Persson $34 Sweden – Retail

13 Alice Walton $34 USA – Retail

14 S. Robson Walton $34 USA – Retail

15 Bernard Arnault $34 France – Luxury

16 Michael Bloomberg $33 USA – Finance

17 Larry Page $32 USA – Tech

18 Jeff Bezos $32 USA – Retail

19 Sergey Brin $32 USA – Tech

20 Li Ka-shing $31 Hong Kong – Diversified

21 Mark Zuckerberg $29 USA – Tech

22 Michele Ferrero $27 Italy – Food

23 Aliko Dangote $25 Nigeria – Commodities

24 Karl Albrecht $25 Germany – Retail

25 Carl Icahn $25 USA – Finance

26 George Soros $23 USA – Finance

27 David Thomson $23 Canada – Media

28 Lui Che Woo $22 Hong Kong – Entertainment

29 Dieter Schwarz $21 Germany – Retail

30 Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud $20 Saudi Arabia – Finance

31 Forrest Mars Jr. $20 USA – Food

32 Jacqueline Mars $20 USA – Food

33 John Mars $20 USA – Food

34 Jorge Paulo Lemann $20 Brazil Drinks

35 Lee Shau Kee $20 Hong Kong – Diversified

36 Steve Ballmer $19 USA – Tech

37 Theo Albrecht Jr. $19 Germany – Retail

38 Leonardo Del Vecchio $19 Italy – Luxury

39 Len Blavatnik $19 USA – Diversified

40 Alisher Usmanov $19 Russia – Extractives

41 Mukesh Ambani $19 India – Extractives

42 Masayoshi Son $18 Japan – Telecom

43 Michael Otto $18 Germany – Retail

44 Phil Knight $18 USA – Retail

45 Tadashi Yanai $18 Japan – Retail

46 Gina Rinehart $18 Australia – Extractives

47 Mikhail Fridman $18 Russia – Extractives

48 Michael Dell $18 USA – Tech

49 Susanne Klatten $17 Germany – Cars

50 Abigail Johnson $17 USA – Finance

51 Viktor Vekselberg $17 Russia – Metals

52 Lakshmi Mittal $17 India – Metals

53 Vladimir Lisin $17 Russia – Transport

54 Cheng Yu-tung $16 Hong Kong – Diversified

55 Joseph Safra $16 Brazil – Finance

56 Paul Allen $16 USA – Tech

57 Leonid Mikhelson $16 Russia – Extractives

58 Anne Cox Chambers $16 USA – Media

59 Francois Pinault $16 France – Retail

60 Iris Fontbona $16 Chile – Extractives

61 Azim Premji $15 India – Tech

62 Mohammed Al Amoudi $15 Saudi Arabia – Extractives

63 Gennady Timchenko $15 Russia – Extractives

64 Wang Jianlin $15 China – Real Estate

65 Charles Ergen $15 USA – Telecom

66 Stefan Quandt $15 Germany – Cars

67 Germán Larrea Mota Velasco $15 Mexico – Extractives

68 Harold Hamm $15 USA – Extractives

69 Ray Dalio $14 USA – Finance

70 Donald Bren $14 USA – Real Estate

71 Georg Schaeffler $14 Germany – Product

72 Luis Carlos Sarmiento $14 Colombia – Finance

73 Ronald Perelman $14 USA – Finance

74 Laurene Powell Jobs $14 USA – Entertainment

75 Serge Dassault $14 France – Aviation

76 John Fredriksen $14 Cyprus – Transport

77 Vagit Alekperov $14 Russia – Extractives

78 John Paulson $14 USA – Finance

79 Rupert Murdoch $14 USA – Media

80 Ma Huateng $13 China – Tech

These are the same people, very likely, keeping the “filter” on our representative democracy. Do you feel uncomfortable about the fact that many of these people have seen their wealth increase drastically while at the same time the middle class shrinks and “austerity” is demanded almost globally outside of Sweden and Norway. It makes me feel uncomfortable that the political influence of these people have served to increase their wealth and weaken regulations, and I suggest we seek meaningful changes on a systemic level.

 

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