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A review of Plutocrats: The Rise Of The Global Super-Rich And The Fall Of Everyone Else by former Financial Times deputy editor Chrystia Freeland. 

Who is the richest person to have lived? Given the impossibility of comparing chariots with private jets, this is an absurd question. But it is still one economists have sought to answer, with perhaps the best measure – as defined by Adam Smith – based on annual income as a multiple of the average wage of fellow citizens.

Their answer is not Marcus Crassus, whose fortune was the same size as the entire government treasury of the Roman Empire. His annual return was paltry for a plutocrat, equating to the average yearly income of 32,000 Romans. Nor was it those robber barons of the Gilded Age – Andrew Carnegie, whose wealth peaked in 1901, took home the same as 48,000 typical Americans while John D Rockefeller’s vast riches yielded an annual income equal to 116,000 of his countrymen.

The wealth of these figures from history pales in comparison with the strutting financiers of Wall Street, the geeky billionaires of Silicon Valley and the grisly oligarchs who plundered Russia. Trumping them all is Carlos Slim, the telecoms tycoon whose £53bn fortune is equal to that of an incredible 400,000 of his fellow Mexicans. >> Read More

Links for U

14 December 2011 - 5:58 am
 

MF Global for Dummies (i.e., Congress) (Peter Brandt)
• Hislsenrath: At home with Ben Bernanke (Alphaville)
• The best and worst of Wall Street 2011 (Fortunesee also Top economists reveal their graphs of 2011 (BBC News)
• Housing Bust to Look Worse With Sales Revised (WSJ)
• Gingrich Tax Plan Would Codify Lower Taxes On Rich Than On Middle Class (TPMsee alsoNewt Gingrich and his sleazy ways: A history lesson (Fortune)
• China-Based Hacking of 760 Companies Reflects Undeclared Global Cyber War (Bloomberg)
• The dos and don’ts of Googling people (CNNsee also Google’s 3 Top Executives Have 8 Private Jets (Tech Crunch)
• Amazon’s Kindle Fire lets kids charge up a storm (Yahoo Finance)
• Steve Jobs: Reflections on His Legacy (Wired)
• Handbook for Life: 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity (Zen Habits)

Just Late Night and in Morning read these links……….u too can read and enjoy !

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