Money Trivia Quiz
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10. Country of one
The richest person of 2015 is Bill Gates, with a fortune estimated at $79.2 billion. If Gates were reclassified as a nation, where would he rank in a listing of national wealth (GDP)?
Your answer — D) Rich, sure, but he’s just one guy. He’d be way down past the bottom. — was incorrect.
The International Monetary Fund’s listing of 2014 national GDP estimates show a dead heat between Jordan and Lithuania. With $79.6 billion each in national wealth, those countries out-wealth the tycoon by a whisker. Uganda, falling back to #89 after Gates’ self-nationalization, has $76.9 billion. With regard to global GDP, Gates controls rather less than one-thousandth of the whole. However, the four Walton heirs, with those large fortunes they picked up at Walmart, are collectively doing about twice as well as Gates on his own. Those of us who must sweat for every satoshi can only gape in wonder that such creatures exist.
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