The “Global Rich List” Makes This Blogger’s Day

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From time to time, one contemplates the funny little nuances of life as a blogger. Like how bus fare can end up being a sizable portion of a blogger’s monthly income, or how health care can be a near impossibility.

But then one finds the Global Rich List web tool, and innocently plugs in a blogger’s annual salary. And what does one find? That 93% of the world makes less than a blogger, and that for $30 a blogger could buy an ER DVD boxset or a first aid kit for a village in Haiti. If only a blogger could convince a blogger’s girlfriend that a first aid kit for a village in Haiti is what she really wants for Christmas…

To be serious for a moment, the Global Rich List really is a neat tool, and deserves to be forwarded far and wide (many have already seen it). It provides some perspective on how comfortable almost all quarters of the United States population really are. Simply plug in your annual salary and find out what percentile of the worldwide population you place in. The website also provides neat facts, like, “$8 could buy you 15 organic apples OR 25 fruit trees for farmers in Honduras” and “Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has more wealth than the bottom 45 percent of American households combined.”

Count this blogger safely in that 45 percent. Check it out.

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