Working for the Few

  • Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population.

  • The wealth of the one percent richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion. That’s 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population.

  • The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world.

  • Seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years.

  • The richest one percent increased their share of income in 24 out of 26 countries for which we have data between 1980 and 2012.

  • In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.

(Oxfam 2014)

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