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Billionaires snatch 10% of Gross World Product

World billionaires' net worth as percent of the gross world product (GWP) has been on a fast ride since 1996, as highlighted by the trend (red regression line) for the period 1996-2015. To make sense of the comparison, consider that in 1996 the net worth of the world billionaires equaled the 8-day output of the whole world. In 2015 the whole world should contribute with 21 days, or one month of work.

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Line chart and statistics of billionaire total net worth, average and median fortunes, compared with  gross world product in current and constant USD.  The relative weight of billionaire net worth in constant USD follows an upward path from 3.4% in 1996 to 9.9% in 2015, corresponding to an annual average growth rate of 5.8% — almost twice as fast as the 3% annual average growth of real GWP. To put it plainly, billionaires have been deflecting to their balance sheets a growing share of the world's output — indeed their cut increases annually 2.8 percent points faster than the world product.


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  • € 17,125 billion.
  • 104 % of GDP
    (US GDP was $ 17,418.9 billion, as of end of December 2014.)
  • $ 56,000 per capita.

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