I was out with a few friends playing trivia last week, and one of the questions that night was a multiple choice question: How many billionaires are there currently in the world? We didn’t really have any idea, but we figured it couldn’t be too many. We opted for an answer of around 150. The actual number? 1,645, a new record for 2014, which includes 268 people added to the list for the first time this year.
Can you believe it? 1,645. This blew our minds, and then we discovered some of the following statistics that surprised us even more:
- In 1982, there were only 13 billionaires.
- The net worth of the 400 richest American citizens is $1.7 trillion. That’s trillion, with a “tr.”
- The youngest member of that Forbes 400 is a mere 28 years old. I turn 27 next spring. I’ve got a long way to go to catch up.
- New York City alone has 53 members of that Forbes 400 list. There are 87 throughout the state of California.
- The 424 billionaires in the United States have a combined worth of more than 10% of the entire GDP of the United States
Needless to say, most of us have a long way to go before we can join this illustrious list of the rich and powerful. Now…even though you might not be aiming for billionaire status, you most likely are aiming for financial well-being. Your credit union can help with that. The professionals there can help you reach your financial goals.