In One Chart Where the world’s billionaires are and how they got there

Curated by Paul Helmick

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  • The US is home to nearly a third of all global billionaires, by far the most anywhere
  • Each region of this mpa is split into five categories that reflect the source of the wealth
  • Inherited, Company founders, Owners and executives, Political connections
  • I found it interesting that political connections is a major source of wealth, enough to rank in this study
  • The US shows an even distribution between inherited, company founders and the financial sector
  • The vast majority of Russia’s elite ascended to the top of the wealth pyramid through political connections
  • In China, very few billionaires had the luxury of their fortune being passed on to them where as in South Korea 74% of its billionaires got there via inheritance.