Global Rich List: how do you measure up?

The Sunday Times has just published its annual Rich List. If you didn’t make it in, don’t feel too bad as you’re probably much better off than you think you are – relatively. Don’t believe us? Use Poke’s Global Rich List to find out how you measure up against the world.

The Sunday Times has just published its annual Rich List. If you didn’t make it in, don’t feel too bad as you’re probably much better off than you think you are – relatively. Don’t believe us? Use Poke’s Global Rich List to find out how you measure up against the world.

Poke’s original Global Rich List website was launched in 2003. “The problems associated with the uneven distribution of wealth across the world are much the same as they were ten years ago, whilst the digital environment has changed profoundly,” says Poke co-founder Nic Roope. “So Poke has relaunched the Globalrichlist.com to help tackle this same old issue by exploiting the new channels and platforms of today.”

Log onto the new site and you are asked to enter either your net salary or your wealth (see above).The site then calculates where that places you in the grand scheme of things: we entered £20,000 as a sample net income, which would put us in the top 1.36% of the world’s earners

 

 

Users then scroll down to find out more about how their income compares to others in the world. So, someone on that £20kwould earn £10.42 per hour – the average hourly wage in Ghana is £0.06

 

at that rate, it would take them 173 years to earn your annual pay, the site calculates

 

Your monthly income could pay the wages of 121 doctors in Azerbaijan

 

it would only take you three minutes to earn enough to buy a can of cola, copared to two hours for a labourer in Indonesia

 

and, again assuming a net income of £20k per year, it would take just seven days to aford a new iPhone, copared to the 200 days it would take an average worker in Zimbabwe

 

The site concludes by prompting a donation to the charity Care.

 

“In updating the GRL, we’ve taken the chance to modernise every aspect of it, and in doing so making it fit for another 10 years of public use,” Poke say. “The biggest overhaul went into updating the data underpinning the site. We’ve made use of the wealth of open data now available, and introduced live data feeds via the World Bank’s Data API. We’ve also introduced a ‘wealth’ route to take into account property, savings and investments (instead of pure income as before). We’ve added many more currencies and locations to reflect today’s more global internet, and increased the sophistication of the statistical model to give more accurate results. Further data sources combine with animation to help render abstract numbers more understandable and intuitive.”

The obvious aesthetic overhaul belies a design that now supports smartphone, tablet and desktop use, taking careful consideration to support even the lowliest of browsers encountered in the emerging worlds,” they continue.
“And now we live in socially lubricated world, we provide multiple ways to share the results and wealth illustrations with your networked friends on Twitter,Facebook, Google Plus and Tumblr.”

 

 

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