The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
Dear The World’s 2208 Billionaires,
Wow, you are rich. This is just a quick letter to you from the rest of us who are truly in awe of the fortune you’ve amassed. I think we can safely say… we are impressed. And we know that with your financial largesse, you are surely super benevolent as well. With that in mind, the other 99.99997% of the population has a small request.
We understand that your enormous wealth can be a burden. Just counting to a billion would take about 32 years. It fills up your swimming pools and moving it is cumbersome. After all, even in hundred dollar bills, $1 billion weighs upward of 20,000 pounds. And the average Billionaire has over 4 billion!
Also we have been led to believe that it’s rough to spend that much money. After spending an exhausting $1 million per month, it still would take 83 years just to go through it. Sounds like a number of trips to the mall in your future. We believe that we have found a way to help save you that commute.
It’s clear that your wealth is growing. Today the top 3 billionaires have more combined wealth than the lowest 50% of the nation. And the disparity between you and us is growing too. So before you design secret spaceships to launch you into the stratosphere, we ask that you consider something truly radical: Giving some of it away.
Not all of it, mind you — just a small percentage (you’ll never miss it). If you all gave collectively you can’t imagine what you could do to solve problems like homelessness, credit card debt, or student loan debt in America.
Now I know that it’s unlikely (and you didn’t get rich by writing checks) but we simply ask that you consider the possibility. We promise to erect some statues in your honor (we’ll need a loan for the statues).
See below for more information — with great admiration — The 99.9997%
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