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Billionaire fortunes increased by 12% a day in 2018, while the 3.8 billion poorest people saw their wealth decline by 11% a day, according to a report released by charity Oxfam to mark the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

 

The world’s richest 1% bagged 45.6% of all wealth created in 2018, which is an increase from 42.3% the previous year, according to the report ‘Public Good or Private Wealth?’ published on Monday (21 January).

 

In 2018, 26 people owned the same as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world, down from 43 people the year before.

 

The total wealth of the world's 26 richest people is equal to the total wealth of the 3.8 billion poorest. The report says that most of the world's wealthy people made their money from technology companies. The world's richest person, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is worth $100 billion. This is 100 times more than Ethiopia's annual health budget. Oxfam said it was time to fix this imbalance in wealth.

 

Asked by EURACTIV to comment on the new available data on global wealth inequality, an Oxfam spokesperson underlined that while the exact figures may change from year to year, the longer term trend over the last ten years is one of growing inequality.

“For example billionaire fortunes fluctuate from week to week and month to month but over the last ten years their fortunes have grown by an average of 11 percent a year, and the number of billionaires has doubled since the financial crisis ten years ago,” the spokesperson said.

“A tiny group of people, mostly men, own an incredible amount of wealth, almost as much as the bottom half of humanity combined. This level of inequality is neither acceptable nor sustainable,” he added.

 

The fortunes of the world’s super-rich have grown to record levels, the report reads, and this is because of unprecedented levels of tax avoidance and evasion, it stressed.

“Top rates of tax on the wealthiest people and corporations are lower than they have been for decades,” the report says, highlighting that only 4 cents in every dollar of tax revenue comes from taxes on wealth.

 


 

 ▪ Talk!! Talk!!

1. Who is the most successful Korean businessman in your country? Tell something about him or her.

2. Name some of the richest people in the world and their line of business.

3. What are the cons and pros of being rich? Expand your answer.

4. Give some reasons why the numbers of poor people are increasing? How can you help on your little way?

5. What do you think is the secret of these riches people on why they are successful on their businesses?