How rich are you compared to the rest of the world?

The term "1 percent" is thrown around an awful lot nowadays, usually referring to a minority of fat-cat greedy bankers in big leather chairs snarling at the insignificance of the other 99 percent. It may surprise you to know, however, if you're part of a family of five living just above the U.S. poverty line, you're in the 1 percent worldwide.

It's a staggering statistic, for sure, and now you can visualize it with the relaunched Global Rich List:


Didn't make it onto the yearly roll call of the mega-wealthy? Now's your chance to find out where you actually sit in comparison to the rest of the world.

On the site you can choose between "Income" or "Wealth" to compare yourself with others in the world. The site suggests your net worth (wealth) is the most accurate measure, as naturally income can fluctuate because of tax changes or other reasons. Your wealth is then compared with workers in Ghana, Zimbabwe and other third world countries – and if only to make you feel even worse, you're told how many doctors could be employed instead of you existing – refreshingly morbid.

The site has been redesigned by Poke London, who have worked on a number of high-profile projects recently, including a campaign for fashion brand Diesel and a total redesign of Skype's website.

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It's a nice tool to artificially empower an individual first and then make them DONATE!!!

They are probably data mining too.

How much you want to bet the philanthropy types who run this useless "guilt" website collect six figure incomes from this charity? While saying they have to work so many hours for a can of coke is endearing, they don't have to pay $4 for a loaf of bread, $10 for a pound of cheese, and $600 for four pairs of cheap-o glasses from the optometrist after the insurance. That's right folks, let's target the debt slaves to shower the rest of the world with our excessive wealth, LOL.

The site is flawed and invalid. The economy in Zimbabwe is the not the same as the one in the United States. One days worth of work in the United Kingdom could pay for an entire months worth of rent in Zimbabwe. The comparison is not only flawed, but directly designed to make you feel bad about not donating more.

Not only this... but the site inflates the numbers. If you enter an annual income of 10000, it will say you make $5.21 an hour. 8 hours * 5days a week * 52 weeks = 2080 hours. 10000/2080 = ~$4.81 an hour.

I wish they can confine the data to comparison within individual country. It means nothing to me that I am in the top x% of the world when it is far more meaningful to see x% of the population within U.S.A. or {insert another country name}

This is a great motivator!!

I didnt realise I was rank 10million, man this is agonna be a hell of a ladder but I love a competition!

Would like to see some charts showing the wealth disparity in the world and how the gap is growing. Its very depressing really to realize all the ultra wealthy billionaires who can't spend their money in a 100 lifetimes while millions starve everyday or live their entire lives in abject misery.

It looks like everyone is entering their income versus wealth. Try the wealth calculator and your result will be lower (and more accurate).

.05... which is absurd, and means nothing (cause it feels wrong), and unless you compare cost of living and other things - it is insane and insulting.

Where someone can get by on $600 a month or year elsewhere, it takes that that in a day in some places to live and be able to just have shelter and food and transportation.

Yeah, you're right. This is just to get you to donate to the cause its advertising. Not a terrible thing, but this "rich list" is extremely misleading.

Meaningless data until you put cost of living into consideration.

If I made $10.00 US at place A and place B, but place A will cost me $20 for a loaf of bread while place B costs $0.01, you can't say both incomes are equal.

Rohdekill said,
Meaningless data until you put cost of living into consideration.

If I made $10.00 US at place A and place B, but place A will cost me $20 for a loaf of bread while place B costs $0.01, you can't say both incomes are equal.

Which is why you have to also enter whether you live in place A or B...

Ronnet said,

Which is why you have to also enter whether you live in place A or B...

I'm pretty sure it'll be EXTREMELY complex to factor in purchase power parity into the formula of the website. I'm pretty sure their algorithm involves a base currency (Ie., USD or GBP), convert any currency you enter into that base currency, compare against a simple database, and that's about it.

An annoyingly shameless attempt to show any average people how they are too fat and rich for their own good, and how they should donate to those that were born in a worse part of the world. Well, tough luck, fsck you, grow your own tomatoes. Compare me to Kazakhstan and Indonesia, of which I don't care in the slightest, even though I barely make my ends meet? Yes, that's a mighty good idea! Income is dependent on local circumstances and is therefore not comparable at all.

15%... i am a student with no offical job and a 14k income and only 30k in valuables ;( I value rich as being able to live out side my means .... and not worry about spending money at the casino or taking bitches on holiday... usin the income route im 3.5%

SPEhosting said,
15%... i am a student with no offical job and a 14k income and only 30k in valuables ;( I value rich as being able to live out side my means .... and not worry about spending money at the casino or taking bitches on holiday... usin the income route im 3.5%

LOL!

It says I am rich, but then this thing says I should give money to Indonesia. Why would I give money to this Indonesia guy if I haven't even met him?

This is somehow.... This website calculate only currency. But where is the field where I can enter e.g. the Price for one kilogramm butter? This is maybe not very important for the rich list, but it is for the poor list, or not?

Lastwebpage said,
This is somehow.... This website calculate only currency. But where is the field where I can enter e.g. the Price for one kilogramm butter? This is maybe not very important for the rich list, but it is for the poor list, or not?

You have to enter your country. I imagine that will factor in the price of products.

They really should fix up their website to give proper responses... I put in more than the amount of money a friend of mine gets and got this ... (A homeless friend)

"Break that iPhone you're using right now and it will take you just 474 days to afford a new one. The average worker in Indonesia would have to work for 274 days."

benbuffone said,
How isn't that a proper response? If your homeless friend earns less than an average Indonesian worker then it'll take him longer?

The inflection. You will take /just/ 474 days while an has to work for 274 days. It should be reversed as clearly the Indonesian is in the better circumstance.

Oh, well that's just the grammatical template used. 99% of legit queries aren't going to be made from a person that earns less than an Indonesian factory worker...

to me,being a billionaire doesn't appeal to me. what the **** do I need all that money for? id want like upwards of 10 million though. Enough for me to live comfortably for the rest of my life. I want to actually live in a neighborhood with people all around.Buying a huge mansion in the middle of nowhere seems kind of depressing.I want to be able to go to normal people places and do normal people things,while keeping my finances on the down low.

How is it not? London-based design company who recently redesigned Skype interface relaunch a website that lists rich people, mostly topped by those in tech? Go figure.