In 15 seconds

By Bill Murphy Jr. via   Article

In 15 Seconds, This Website Calculator Will Give You Perspective and Make You Feel Thankful

 “How wealthy and successful are you?If you hesitate in answering that question, I have some good news. The mere fact that you’re able to read this article tells me you’re probably among the most well-off people in the world.

… if you’re looking for a fast way to find something great to be thankful for, I’ve got just the thing. It’s a website called the Global Rich List, and it takes about 15 seconds. Input your annual income, or your estimated net worth, and it will quickly show you where you rank among all people in the world in terms of wealth.

No surprise, if you live in the U.S. or another developed country–and if you have access to electricity, the Internet, and are able to read English–you’re going to find find that you’re among the world’s wealthiest people. You’ll also gain a lot of perspective.

A few examples:

  • A Texan who takes home $75,000 a year (after taxes) would be in the top 0.11 percent richest people in the world, according to the site, and would be ranked the number #6,645,709 richest person on earth by income.
  • A New Yorker bringing home $600,000 in post-tax income–which is a lot of money, but if you live in this part of the country you certainly know some people who do it–would rank within the top 1 million richest people in the world (936,208, to be exact). That’s also enough to put him or her in the top 0.02 percent of income earners.
  • A Florida retiree with $500,000 in home equity and another $500,000 in investments would be in the top 0.65 percent worldwide–ranked about 29,430,000 out of the 7.6 billion people on the planet based on assets.
 … step back and realize that by making what passes for a normal salary, or having accumulated a comfortable if not particularly remarkable amount of wealth in this country, you’re actually among the most fortunate, wealthy people in the world.”

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