BBC News – Where do the wealthiest 1% live?

As the business and political elite met at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, there was much talk of rising inequality, and many references to the “wealthiest 1%”. The phrase conjures up images of billionaires living on private islands – but is that who the 1% really are?

A report by the charity Oxfam released to coincide with the Davos gathering caused a stir by predicting that the wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world’s population.

It drew on research from the bank Credit Suisse, which estimated total global household wealth in 2014 at $263tn (£175tn).

That’s wealth, not income. It is calculated as assets minus debt.

via BBC News – Where do the wealthiest 1% live?.

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