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If you earn more than US$21,000 a year, you are part of the richest 4% of the planet.
The combined wealth of the 85 richest people is equal to that of poorest 3.5 billion –half of the world’s population.
Nazi Joseph Goebbels’ wife’s descendants are Germany’s richest family nowadays.
The richest man in Asia, Sir Ka-shing Li, dropped out of school at the age of 15.
Madonna is the world’s richest recording artist.
Nigeria was the 33rd richest country in the world in the 1970s, then dropped to 13th poorest country by 1997.
The richest 1% of the population owns 48% of the world’s wealth.
In 2013, the world’s 7th richest person, Brazilian Eike Batista, lost his US$30 billion fortune and now owes US$1 billion.
The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, built a home valued at US$1 billion. It’s a 27-story building with 3 helipads, a 6-floor car park, a staff of 600, a 4-storey hanging garden and a cinema.
The 100 richest people in the world earned enough money in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times.
The British monarchy has nominal assets worth about US$34.8 billion. They’re among the world’s top 20 richest people.
In 1785, Benjamin Franklin was the richest person in the United States.
At the time of his death, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was one of the world’s richest man, worth US$200 billion.
Together, the world’s top 12 richest people could buy all of Manhattan.
Despite being one of the richest man in the world, Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA, lives in a small home, eats at IKEA and takes the bus.
The Quandt family, one of the richest in Germany and the largest shareholder of BMW, took over scores of Jewish businesses and used tens of thousands of slave labourers at its factories during Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.
The 20 richest soccer clubs, all European, earned 7.4 billion euros in the 2015/16. Sponsorships and merchandise accounted for 43% of it, broadcast rights 39%, and ticket sales 18%.