“ You are officially in the top 1% of American wage earners if you earn more than $250,000.”
Um, no. Not really even close. The threshold for the top 1% was north of $400,000 in 2014. ‘Locally’ speaking, in SF the threshold is over $550k.
“ which he probably does.”
You’re making an assumption largely based on him being a DB (which he is). Maybe he does, maybe he doesn’t, but there is no reasonable evidence that he has an income of $250k, nevermind $400k.