It turns out that I’m in the top 3.17% richest people in the world, according to The Global Rich List. You can plug in your income here and find out where you stand.
I’m the 190,434,783 richest person on earth!
Of course, that’s the global perspective, and just to remind us of how poor people in other parts of the world are, the site posted this:
$8 could buy you 15 organic apples OR 25 fruit trees for farmers in Honduras to grow and sell fruit at their local market.
$30 could buy you an ER DVD Boxset OR a First Aid kit for a village in Haiti.
$73 could buy you a new mobile phone OR a new mobile health clinic to care for AIDS orphans in Uganda.
$2400 could buy you a second generation High Definition TV OR schooling for an entire generation of school children in an Angolan village
In terms of national statistics, my profile would come out much differently. According to here, three years ago
1.93% of all households had annual incomes exceeding $250,000. 12.3% fell below the federal poverty threshold and the bottom 20% earned less than $19,178. The aggregate income distribution is highly concentrated towards the top, with the top 6.37% earning roughly one third of all income, and those with upper-middle incomes control a large, though declining, share of the total earned income.
I guess, nationally, I fall somewhere in the lower middle.
It’s all relative.