World's 85 richest own 46% of global wealth

The world’s 85 wealthiest people have as much money as the 3.5 billion poorest people on the planet.

World's 85 richest own 46% of global wealth

World Bulletin / News Desk

Research conducted by the British charity Oxfam has concluded that the combined wealth of the world's 85 richest people is equivalent to that owned by the bottom half — in wealth terms —of the world's population.

The report, titled "Working for the Few," claims that the 1% richest people on the planet are rich to the tune of $110 trillion.

"This capture of opportunities by the rich at the expense of the poor and middle classes has helped create a situation where seven out of every ten people in the world live in countries where inequality has increased since the 1980s and one per cent of the world's families now own 46% of its wealth ($110 trillion), Oxfam said in a statement announcing the study, published in time for this week's annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

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