Monday, August 29, 2011

Fractions - or who doesn't own the world.

Men own 9/10ths of the world. (For those who switch off the moment feminism is mentioned.) Following on from my previous post about power, if you do the math on the Forbes' rich list, it becomes clear that men own the world. A good 9/10ths of it anyway.

This was Forbes' 25th annual list of the richest people on the planet. Kind of interesting to see who owns the world isn't it? "This year's list broke records in size (1,210 billionaires) and total net worth ($4.5 trillion)." I did a quick survey for gender distribution of the first 15 pages. I random sampled the rest of the 221 total pages and the figures get even less female friendly as you drop down into the ordinary billionaires.

Male & Family: 21
Male: 115
Male & Female: 3
Female: 9
Female & Family: 4

So women have at best a 16:136 world wealth ratio. I'm betting that if you sample the lot then you can say less than 1/10th of world personal wealth is owned by women. Or that men own 9/10ths of the world.

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