There’s nothing like a Forbes list to make you feel poor, what with Bill Gates there at the top with $46 billion, Warren Buffett next in line with $36 billion, and the five Wal-Mart Waltons clocking in at $20.5 billion (that’s $20.5 billion each, by the way).
But do you ever wonder where you’d rank on a list like that? Wonder no more. At www.globalrichlist.com, you can find out where you stand just by typing in your annual income. You’re ranked not only in terms of how many people in the world are above you on the list, but also how many are below. Type in $100,000, for instance, and you get this response: “You are among the top 0.6% richest people in the world. There are 5,963,992,435 people in the world who are poorer than you are.”
It can be jarring–and it’s supposed to be. “How do you feel about that?” the message continues. “A bit richer, we hope. Please consider donating just a small amount to help some of the poorest people in the world. Many of their lives could be improved dramatically, or even saved, if you donated just an hour of your salary (in your case, $69.44).”