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Global Wealth Divide Soars: Musk and Zuckerberg’s Fortunes Double, Poorest Suffer Steep Decline – Oxfam Report

Global Wealth Divide Soars: Musk and Zuckerberg’s Fortunes Double, Poorest Suffer Steep Decline – Oxfam Report

Written by Sanjay Kumar

In a damning revelation, the latest Oxfam report exposes an alarming surge in global wealth inequality, highlighting the exponential growth of fortunes for the world’s wealthiest individuals while the poorest face a stark decline.

Elon Musk and Zuckerberg Lead the Wealth Surge:

The Oxfam report reveals a staggering reality as Elon Musk, Bernard Arnault, Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison, and Mark Zuckerberg see their combined wealth skyrocket from $405 billion in 2020 to an astonishing $869 billion in the past year.

Wealth Disparity Worsens for the Poorest:

Simultaneously, the report outlines a grim fate for the world’s poorest 60%, encompassing 5 billion people, whose fortunes dwindled during the same period, intensifying the already dire wealth gap.

Prediction of a Trillionaire and Prolonged Poverty:

Oxfam’s projections forewarn that the increasing divide between the rich and the poor may soon lead to the world witnessing its first trillionaire within a decade. Shockingly, the report predicts that global poverty may persist for another 229 years if current trends persist.

Call to Action Against Ultra-Rich Influence:

The Oxfam report urges nations to resist succumbing to the influence of the ultra-rich over tax policies, emphasizing the critical need for systemic change.

Inequality Inc.: 10 Key Points from the Oxfam Report:

  1. Billionaire Corporate Leadership: Seven out of 10 of the world’s largest corporations are led by billionaires.
  2. Wealth Growth Outpacing Inflation: The world’s billionaires are $3.3tn (£2.6tn) richer than in 2020, growing three times faster than the rate of inflation.
  3. Unprecedented Wealth Increase: The combined wealth of the top five billionaires rose by $464bn, a staggering 114% increase.
  4. Declining Fortunes for the Poorest: The total wealth of the poorest 60% declined by 0.2% in real terms.
  5. Fall in Real Wages: Average real wages of nearly 800 million workers across 52 countries have fallen, resulting in a combined loss of $1.5tn over the last two years.
  6. Comparable Global Inequality: The most recent Gini index reveals that global income inequality rivals that of South Africa, known for the highest inequality in the world.
  7. Corporate Profits Surge: 148 of the world’s largest corporations saw a 52% jump in total net profits to $1.8tn in the year to June 2023.
  8. Dominance of the Richest 1%: The world’s richest 1% now own 59% of all global financial assets, consolidating their economic dominance.
  9. Billionaire Resilience Amid Crises: Despite global crises, including the Covid pandemic, billionaires are $3.3 billion richer than in 2020.
  10. Corporate Influence on Society: Oxfam warns that states have ceded power to monopolies, allowing corporations to shape wages, food prices, and access to essential medicines.

As the global elite convenes at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Oxfam report sends a resounding call for urgent, equitable reforms to prevent a deepening wealth chasm with catastrophic consequences for the majority of the world’s population.

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