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The world’s wealthiest people are worth $6 trillion

$6 trillion

Billionaires around the world have $6 trillion in 2017—almost a fifth more than total billionaires wealth in 2016.

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That giant pool of money is primarily held by only 1,542 people. That’s an increase from last year, when 145 millionaires moved into the three comma club.

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Global wealth hasn’t been this concentrated since the dawn of the 20th century—the Gilded Age of families like the Carnegies and the Rockefellers.

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Some billionaires are worried about a potential backlash resulting from the current high level of wealth inequality.

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They have reasons to worry. The Golden Age triggered a period of stronger taxation of the rich and the breaking up of monopolies.

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