2,153 billionaires now have more than 4.6 billion people in the world, according to Oxfam International Charity Today's report.
The information was published by Oxfam, an international union of 17 organizations working in 94 countries around the world to find long-term solutions to poverty and injustice, announced by delegates of countries attending the World Economic Forum. world in Davos, Switzerland.
According to the report, if a person worked as an excavator to accumulate $ 10,000 a day from ancient Egypt up to now, his wealth is still only 80% of the total wealth of the 5 richest people in the world.
"If everyone were to sit on their fortune with US $ 100 bills, the majority of humanity would have to sit on the ground. Middle-class people in rich countries would sit on a chair. While Then, the two richest people in the world will sit in space, "the report said.
Jeff Bezos, founder of the Amazon Group, is currently the richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 116.4 billion. In second place is Bernard Arnault, a French billionaire who owns luxury goods group LVMH, with a net worth of $ 116 billion.
Oxfam calls on lawmakers to increase taxes with the richest people in the world by an additional 0.5% over the next 10 years to reduce economic inequality. The 0.5% tax increase for the rich could raise money that helps create 117 million jobs in areas such as education and health, according to the researchers.
In addition, Oxfam also made a number of other proposals to reduce economic inequality such as investing in the national health care system, addressing sexism, enacting laws to end the situation. extreme wealth status.
"Extreme wealth is a sign of a failed economic system. Governments must take steps to limit the gap between the rich and the rest of society, while giving priority to protecting protect all citizens from benefits and unsustainable development, "the Oxfam report said.
In early January, the International Monetary Fund director Kristalina Georgieva called on policymakers to reconsider their tax system and consider "progressive taxation" to raise taxes for the rich. most society, contribute to solving the problem of economic inequality.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren promised to issue a property tax in the US if elected, which is controversial among billionaires.