Global Rich List Reminds Us of Just How Much We Have

If you were to guess what percentage of the world’s population had less annual income than you, what would you guess? Maybe 10%? Well, you’ll likely be surprised to find out that if you live in the US and eat regularly, you fall in the top 1% of the world’s wealthiest people, and more likely you are well under 0.5%!

Global Rich List

These are my results … and I am not what I would consider to be ‘rich’ by any means. I need to take loans for housing and cars, and so on. But I have always known that compared to the rest of the world, I am in a very privileged position – I have housing, clothing, heat, a nearly endless supply of great food … and that doesn’t even start to discuss the layers of luxuries we enjoy!

The site Global Rich List has a calculator that allows you to see how your wealth places you in the world, and see how someone in Africa would compare to your wealth level. The site is operated by the charity Care, and is meant as a fund-raiser, but is informative regardless.

For Christians, this is the Christmas Season, which should be a season of caring and giving, but has instead become an elbows-high race to grab that $199 flat-screen TV before the next guy gets there. Perhaps understanding how little so many BILLIONS of people in the world have can cause us to reflect upon our own blessings.

Head to Global Rich List to see how you figure in the world population … and maybe get a bit of a wake-up call. I know I did.

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Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!

2 Comments on "Global Rich List Reminds Us of Just How Much We Have"

  1. I wasn’t sure if I should do it including both Kev’s and my income or just mine, but either way we are well into the top 1% — falling between 0.04 and 0.02% depending upon how I figured things. And yes — we have loans, bills, a constant outflow of money, etc., but when you look at it from this perspective, it makes you want to find ways to do more for those who have less. This was really eye-opening for me, and I appreciate you writing it up. Happy Holidays! =D

  2. This reminds me so much of how blessed I am. Also reminds me I need to do something to help those less fortunate this season.

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