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Eat the rich

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young
2020-05-05

Enjoy scrolling? Enjoy feeling outraged? Enjoy solving the world’s problems? Warm up that mousewheel and head on over to 1-pixel-wealth, which lets you scroll through Jeff Bezos’ unimaginable wealth, with each 10 pixels worth $5 million. And once you’ve gotten through Bezos’ $139 billion, you can start on the mind-numbing amount that the wealthiest 400 Americans. Author Matt Korostoff doesn’t just visualise the $3 trillion these dragons hoard — he examines what they could do with that money, should they choose to, without ever losing their status as billionaires. Like wipe out malaria, give every person in the world clean drinking water, end poverty in America, pay the taxes of most of the US households, and more. All at once.

“Jeff Bezos may be insanely rich, but it is a drop in the ocean compared to the combined wealth of his peers. The 400 richest Americans own about $3 trillion, which is more than the bottom 60% of Americans.”

Matt Korostoff, 1-pixel-wealth
Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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