Randall Munroe, creator of the web comic xkcd, is a great creator of infographics. The chart above is a section of his new poster about money and its distribution. The list of billionaires is from last year’s Forbes. A lot of the names were unfamiliar to me, so I looked them up on Wikipedia.
Carlos Slim made his billions by buying the Mexican government telephone system at a bargain rate and jacking up phone rates.
Bill Gates, as almost everyone knows, is a founder of Microsoft.
Warren Buffett is an extremely successful investor/speculator in the stock market.
Bernard Arnault is a Frenchman who owns Louis Vuittron and other luxury goods companies.
Larry Ellison is founder of the Oracle software company.
Laksimi Mittai is CEO of the world’s largest steel company, which is based in India.
Amancio Ortega is a Spanish merchandiser of luxury clothing.
Eike Batista is a Brazilian mining and oil-and-gas magnate.
Mukesh Ambani is CEO of India’s Reliance Industries, who expanded the family textile business back into polyester fibers and then into the oil and gas industry.
Christy Walton is one of the heirs of Sam Walton, founder of the Wal-mart store chain.