This post is in reply to this post http://goodnewsforisla.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/day-58-billions/ and other articles in a similar vein.
To quote from the above post:
Here are a few facts about billionaires and the wealthy (taken from ‘The Hole In Our Gospel ‘by Richard Stearns).
1) Today’s 1,123 billionaires hold more wealth than the wealth of half the world’s adult population.
2) The wealthiest 7 people on earth control more wealth than the combined GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the 41 most heavily indebted (poor) nations.
3) The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for just 5 percent of the global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of the world’s income.
These facts are staggering when you consider the disparity between the wealthy and the poor. If only those that were extremely wealthy would share their wealth, perhaps the poor wouldn’t be as poor. The sick could be cured. Thirst could be quenched, and hungry tummies fed.
Please consider the following points:
(1) Billionaires hold about one percent of the world’s house hold wealth( source:http://www.ppionline.org/ppi_ci.cfm?knlgAreaID=108&subsecID=900003&contentID=254950).So what would happen if all the world’s rich gave away their wealth?Something like this…..The world’s richest man Carlos Slim Helu has a estimated networth of less than US$60billion.There are some six billion souls on earth.So if we were to distribute his money amongst all the people of the world,each person would get an additional US$10.And if instead of all the people if we were to give the money to only the poorer 50% ,each person would get US$20.Still money but not that much….. Read more of this post