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85 Richest People On Earth Are Worth As Much As The Poorest Half Of World’s Population

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The richest 85 people on the planet, about the number that could comfortably stand around a cluster of high-roller craps tables in a Vegas casino, have a combined wealth that equals that of the poorest half of the world’s population, according to a study by Oxfam. That’s roughly 3.5 billion people — compared to 85.

The results of the study are long and in-depth, and aggregated by someone smarter than I am. If you want to read all about it, have at it. Here’s a bit of information I found interesting, and in graph form, which is always fun:

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The United States leads the way — by a lot — in lopsided wealth distribution. After all, someone has to pay for the, uh, lap dancers for the big guy here.

[via Oxfam]

Image via Ask a Mathematician

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Dillon Cheverere

Dillon Cheverere (@DCheverere) is the Vice President of Media for Grandex, Inc. Email:

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