If someone asked you to think of a rich man, I’m willing to bet you’d probably say Bill Gates.
The guy is one of the most prominent tech billionaires in the world, and is estimated to be worth a staggering $91 billion, which is an obscene amount of money.
Despite his phenomenal levels of wealth, Gates insisted to Ellen Degeneres he hadn’t really splurged on anything.
He has, however, bought a $40 million private jet, a $125 million mansion, and even an indoor trampoline.
But if you think he’s not in touch with the common man, then think again, because he’s going to prove to you he knows how much every day groceries cost.
Ellen decided to put him to the test, and was asked to guess the price of some common items us mere mortals get in our weekly shop, like Tide Pods (mmm, delicious), Pizza Rolls, Dental Floss, and Rice-A-Roni.
First up was the box of Rice-A-Roni, which Gates guessed was an astronomical five dollars, which was actually only one.
Second up were the Tide Pods, which he guessed were either $4 or $10 – they were $19.97, you don’t pay less than $10 for such a tasty morsel.
Gates then guessed the bag of pizza rolls were about $22, though they were a mere $8.98 which to be honest, is pretty good.
The Microsoft billionaire seemed pretty confident in his ability to guess the dental floss, and he knocks it out of the park with a good guess of $4.
The other items, he gets quite a bit of help with from the audience, so we’re not going to count those as actual guesses.
It’s an adorable bit of PR for the man, who also told Ellen he and his wife were determined to give away more than $41 billion during their lifetimes.
But Gates isn’t the richest man in the world anymore, the title goes to Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.
Last month, he became the first person in history to be worth more than $100 billion, a truly staggering figure, with Forbes reporting Bezos’ wealth at $112 billion to be precise – an unfathomable number to be quite honest.
While there are people literally starving all over the world, one man has amassed a fortune which makes him wealthier than over 100 of the world’s 195 countries. One man.
Amazon began as an online bookstore, but has since grown to become an online retailer of pretty much anything, and is becoming a frontrunner in home-oriented artificial intelligence with their Alexa voiced Echo.
Despite his wealth, and the obscene money his company makes, Amazon’s taxes remain incredibly low for their revenue.
In the UK alone, the revenue for Amazon UK services in 2016 was £1.46 billion. They paid £7.4 million in tax, which amounts to about 0.5 per cent. Corporation tax at the time was 20 per cent.
The same trend is true in Europe, with revenues reported of €21.6 billion. They paid just €16.5 million in tax for 2016.
In case you wanted any comparison, the base rate of tax above the threshold is 20 per cent, and there ain’t no way you can whittle that down to 0.5 per cent, so don’t try.
Meanwhile in the UK, homelessness has been on the rise for seven straight years, with an estimated 169 per cent increase since 2010.
A country where we seemingly demonise workers for demanding a wage on which they could live, while people literally freeze to death because they can’t afford to pay to heat their property in winter.
In fact, the disparity of wealth across the world is shocking. According to the OECD, only in Turkey, Chile and Mexico has inequality in earnings fallen.
What this means is, as people like Bezos proceed to amass huge swathes of the world’s wealth, people are becoming poorer and poorer.
In November last year, it was found the richest one per cent in the world, own half of the world’s wealth, with a combined wealth of £106 trillion between them.
According to some studies, the world’s eight richest billionaire have hoarded the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the entirety of the human population around the world.
But, at least Bill Gates can guess the price of floss, so there’s that.
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