How Rich Are You?

I came upon the Global Rich List through a post on the Global Envision: the confluence of global markets and poverty alleviation web site. I cannot improve on that post and desire to support its circulation and so am doing something I rarely do, reprinting it below.

By the way, have you been feeling grateful lately? Cultural Anthropologist Angeles Arrien identifies a propensity to focus on what’s not working, rather than on what is working, as one of four universal addiction patterns. What follows is a good reminder to focus on what is working; now go find out how rich you are.

Just How Rich Are You?

by Leah Hazar

I learned today that I’m approximately the 650 millionth richest person on earth. That sounded pretty disheartening at first — and just about right, since I’m a recent college grad piecing together enough jobs to pay my rent — until I was told I nearly cracked the top 10 percent of all wage earners.

I found this information on “Global Rich List,” a web site that takes your annual income and lets you know just how you measure up in the whole economic scheme of things. The website informs visitors that, Three billion people live on less than $2 per day while 1.3 billion get by on less than $1 per day. Seventy percent of those living on less than $1 per day are women. (There are currently 6.7 billion people on earth.)

Along with providing a picture of relative wealth, the site asks visitors to use some of their wealth to benefit those aided by the international relief agency CARE. After all, according to the Global Rich List, the roughly $10 I’ve been known to spend on coffee each week could buy more than two dozen fruit trees for Honduran farmers.

So, how do you measure up? Visit The Global Rich List and find out.

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