Wealth Distribution

by F.

Some interesting facts on global wealth distribution courtesy of the FT:

  • The richest two per cent of adults own more than 50 per cent of the world’s assets
  • The poorest half hold only 1 per cent of wealth
  • Adults with more than $2,200 of assets were in the top half of the global wealth league table
  • Adults with more than $61,000 were in the top 10 per cent
  • Adults with more than $500,000 are in the top 1 per cent
  • If all the world’s wealth was distributed evenly, each person would have $20,500 of assets to use
  • North America has 6 per cent of the world’s adult population and 34 per cent of household wealth
  • The top 10 per cent in the US hold 70 per cent of the country’s wealth, compared with 61 per cent in France, 56 per cent in the UK, 44 per cent in Germany and 39 per cent in Japan.

The numbers come from the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-Wider).

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