Global Rich List

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Economy, Social Programs, The World

A new calculator/shaming device has been launched to show people how much they make when compared to the rest of the world’s population. Basically, the Global Rich List is a way to get you to donate money to CARE International. If after reading this you want to donate just one hour’s salary to fight global poverty, click here. If not, don’t feel bad about it.

Here are the numbers in US dollars:

  • If you make 10,000 you are in the top 13.26%, there are 5,204,294,954 poorer than you, and you are the 795,705,046th richest person on the planet.
  • If $20,000: top 11.1%, 5,333,661,060 poorer, and 666,338,940th richest.
  • If $30,000: top 7.22%, 5,566,727,941 poorer, and 433,272,059th richest
  • If $40,000: top 3.17%, 5,809,565,217 poorer, and 190,434,783th richest
  • If $50,000: top 0.89%, 5,946,042,435 poorer, and 53,957,565th richest
  • If $60,000: top 0.84%, 5,949,632,435 poorer, and 50,367,565th richest
  • If $70,000: top 0.78%, 5,953,222,435 poorer, and 46,777,565th richest
  • If $80,000: top 0.72%, 5,956,812,435 poorer, and 43,187,565th richest
  • If $90,000: top 0.66%, 5,960,402,435 poorer, and 39,597,565th richest
  • If $100,000: top 0.6%, 5,963,992,435 poorer, and 36,007,565th richest
  • If $110,000: top 0.54%, 5,967,582,435 poorer, and 32,417,565th richest
  • If $120,000: top 0.48%, 5,971,172,435 poorer, and 28,827,565th richest
  • If $130,000: top 0.42%, 5,974,762,435 poorer, and 25,237,565th richest
  • If $140,000: top 0.36%, 5,978,352,435 poorer, and 21,647,565th richest
  • If $150,000: top 0.30%, 5,981,942,435 poorer, and 18,057,565th richest
  • If $160,000: top 0.24%, 5,985,532,435 poorer, and 14,467,565th richest
  • If $170,000: top 0.18%, 5,989,122,435 poorer, and 10,877,565th richest
  • If $180,000: top 0.12%, 5,992,712,435 poorer, and 7,287,565th richest
  • If $190,000: top 0.06%, 5,996,302,435 poorer, and 3,697,565th richest
  • If $200,000: top 0.001%, 5,999,892,435 poorer, and 107,565th richest

And if you happen to make over $200,000 (lucky you!), you get this message:

You are in the top 0,001% richest people in the world.

You don’t need to know any more than that (and besides our calculator can’t do sums that big).

Please consider donating just a small amount of your enormous wealth to help some of the poorest people in the world. Many of their lives could be improved dramatically or even saved if you donate just one hour’s salary (approx $142.36)

In the end, $142 really doesn’t seem like that much to somebody who makes over 200K, but that’s not for me to decide I suppose.

And just in case you’re wondering about CARE International, here’s some more info:

CARE International is an independent humanitarian organisation working to end world poverty. With programmes in over 70 countries, CARE touches the lives of over 45 million of the world’s poorest people. Whether supporting primary health care, promoting sustainable agriculture or developing savings and loan schemes, our programmes promote positive and lasting change and reduce long-term dependency. CARE also provides emergency food and shelter to survivors of natural disasters, wars and conflicts. We remain with communities long after initial relief efforts are completed and support initiatives to enable people to rebuild their lives and to face the future with renewed confidence.

So what about this? Do things like this get you motivated to donate?


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11 Responses to “Global Rich List”

  1. Mike Koenecke Says:

    Actually, no. Given fairly recent analyses that have shown that aid donated to Africa has actually *exacerbated* the hunger problem, I think we need to take a hard look at whether giving money and food actually accomplishes anything other than making us feel virtuous. An African economist recently pointed out what should have been obvious all along: native crop growers cannot compete with “free.”

    See http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,363663,00.html

    It’s similar to the “War on Poverty” here in the U.S., though worse: here, trillions have been spent over the years, but has anything really been accomplished?

    We should be judging the merit of ideas and programs based upon results, rather than intentions.

  2. Mike Koenecke Says:

    A clarification: by “worse” I meant the situation in Africa is worse than the situation here.

  3. Kris Says:

    Not to quibble, but cost of living needs to be factored into this. I doubt a person making $10,000 in the United States is living quite as well as someone making $10,000 (in dollars) in Chad or Haiti.

  4. Avi N. Says:

    Donating is just perpetuating the dependecy culture which maintains African poverty.
    This whole guilt based philosophy should be replaced by real solutions – like building African self-reliance. Thanks Mike Koenecke for pointing this out.

  5. Tom Grey - Liberty Dad Says:

    “Donating” is worse than stupid — most goes to support corruption and even worse oppression. Investing in a company that makes things in a poor country makes sense — only profitable companies are “sustainable”.

    I doubt that most in the top 10% (like $22 000?) would accept global taxation to equalize world incomes. (Nor should they)

  6. Zak Says:

    What Kris said is right on. Statements you often here like “People in X make only $5/week” are basically meaningless. Obviously you can buy a lot more with $5 there than you can here, and there are also probably a whole lot of non-monetary interactions (like raising of own crops or livestock) that go into the lifestyle.

    Merely calculating the amount in dollars of wages of people in other countries is pretty misleading.

  7. Jeff Says:

    If we got rid of farm subsidies in the US and Europe, more would be done to combat poverty in Africa than all the money in the world and it would save taxpayers money as well. Just don’t tell that to the farmers and big agriculture.

  8. Thomas Says:

    I already donate… like most Americans.

  9. sleipner Says:

    Frankly I think many or most in the US donate to charitable organizations as a salve to their conscience, and as a tax write-off. A lot of Americans have the idea that they can fix any problem simply by throwing money at it, then go about their usual routine.

  10. Staci Says:

    This information is anecdotal, but it is nevertheless valuable.

    In my own childhood, financial support in addition to my parents’ earnings made a substantial impact. I will share with you the story of one year, as an example.

    First, let’s consider the government assistance we received. At one point, my family of four was joined by my uncle’s family of four because neither male head of household could find work. The eight of us lived in a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house, which my family owned. My father and uncle traveled to various cities to find work, and when they found it, they lived in their cars, worked, and sent their pay home to us. The women and children stayed in our house and the women waited tables. It was during this very difficult period that my family drew Food Stamps. We were ashamed. But we were doing the best we could.

    Eventually, the economy improved and my father and uncle could find work. My uncle’s family moved back to the state where they normally lived. We were normal again. We didn’t need government help anymore. We were grateful that it was there during the year that we were so hungry.

    Let us consider handouts from individuals. During that year, our furnace often broke. Even when it worked, we did not have money for oil. Kind friends let us cut wood on their land. My mother and father and uncle cut wood on the weekends that the men came home from other cities. We slept on the living room floor near the woodstove. During that hard year, our grandparents came each weekend. They brought us socks and underwear and school supplies. At Christmas, they made sure Santa came.

    Eventually, my parents were able to support us again, and we did not need our friends’ or my grandparents’ help. We were grateful that they helped us when we needed them so much.

    Let us consider the stranger who gave in silence. As a teenager, living in what was usually poverty, but occasionally just struggle, I was invited to apply for a scholarship at a small private school. From that private school, I went on to graduate from one of the most prestigious universities in the US. The thousands of dollars donated by an anonymous Good Samaritan changed my life.

    My childhood was a seesaw of dependency and self-sufficiency, until eventually, because of the kindness of others, I was able to pull myself up and out of the struggle. Without “donations”, I would still be living hand-to-mouth.

    My children do not know hunger. My children do not know cold nights on hard floors. We are solidly, happily, productively middle class.

    Giving matters. And it gets results.

    As once was given to me, I give in my talents, my time, and my funds.

  11. James Says:

    I make over 250K a year, and I know there are over 107K richer persons that me in the US alone. According to US Census data there are 1.6 million households in the US that are at 250K or higher. That means that this “Global Rich List” is simply propaganda to guilt people.

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