Find your seat in the wealth distribution stadium

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Photo by Yosef Pregadio

This is an extension of the “Wealth on earth 2017” post that outlines the global perspective on wealth. This one is focused on Israel alone.

The data is based on the ‘Global Wealth Databook’ by Credit Suisse — a very extensive and detailed report. Naturally, the figures quoted are huge and sometimes hard to digest. This post is designed to simplify it and let you check where you fit in all this.

In 2017 there were about 5.3 Million adults in Israel and the total wealth of everyone there was $1 Trillion.

Imagine the entire Israeli population is scaled down…


Find your seat in the wealth distribution stadium

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Photo by Samuel Branch

This is an extension of the “Wealth on earth 2017” post that outlines the global perspective on wealth. This one is focused on the USA alone.

The data is based on the ‘Global Wealth Databook’ by Credit Suisse — a very extensive and detailed report. Naturally, the figures quoted are huge and sometimes hard to digest. This post is designed to simplify it and let you check where you fit in all this.

In 2017 there were about 241 Million adults in the USA and the entire wealth of everyone was $93.5 Trillion.

Imagine the entire US population is scaled…


Find your seat in the wealth distribution stadium

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Wealth on earth (2017)Photo by Mpumelelo Macu

A couple of years ago I wrote a piece with a similar title; the goal was to increase awareness by sharing (and simplifying) the 200 pages long ‘Global Wealth Databook’ by Credit Suisse.

For the 2017 report, I’m trying another format. This time I took a more personalized approach, so you can ‘experience’ your own context in this snapshot.

In 2017 there were about 5 Billion adults in the world and the entire wealth of everyone was equal to $280 Trillion.

…about 10% of the people own 90% of the global wealth, which also means that 90% of the people…


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A (relatively) quick guide to the distribution of wealth

This is a tl;dr (and somewhat visual and simplified) version of a very detailed report by Credit Suisse- “Global Wealth Databook 2015”.

Wait, what’s wealth anyway?

Your wealth is the sum of all your possessions, net of any debt you may have. To make sure we can compare wealth globally, the research ‘translates’ all possessions to their $US values.

Your wealth is in fact a combination of your financial and non-financial wealth. Financial wealth is usually represented by a contract or a paper that indicates that you own something, like a Bank deposit, a Share or a Bond. Non-financial wealth is a physical property…


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Barack Obama, Europe

“If someone had to choose a moment in time to be born, you would choose today. We are living in the most peaceful, prosperous and progressive era in human history.” — Barack Obama

Point taken. Obama wants to give us perspective. To make us appreciate what we have. It would have sound right even if Obama was the Roman emperor 2000 years ago or even the Ruler of Mesopotamia 5000 years ago.

But what if you really got a chance to choose your time?

There are many options for someone looking for another ‘moment in time to be born’. Our specie, Homo sapiens, have been around for about 70,000 years (so you…


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“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
Pablo Picasso

Naturally, museums exhibit curated collections of humankind’s most remarkable pieces of art, science, culture and history.

Viewing, learning and experiencing those exhibits spark the imagination and curiosity. They inspire.

Inspiration feeds motivation, and motivation fuels more creation and innovation.

What we don’t get to see in museums is the endless number of mistakes made by the same artists, scientists and inventors.

I was cought up by the phrase ‘The museum of mistakes’, while reading Eric Weiner’s (great!) …


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I’ve been an angel investor for the last 20 years. I was 30 back then, having my own (non tech) business.

Younger founders and investors often believe that I must have been a real visionary, being able to foresee the future back then, two decades ago.

Well, sorry to disappoint. I didn’t.

First, I actually felt I was late to the game.

The Internet was growing fast to 80 million users, almost doubling from just a year earlier. The local startup scene seemed like it’s been there for ages. Israeli newspapers (yep, real ones you can touch 😀 ) were…


Species extinct. Eventually. Our specie will extinct too.

In the past 540 million years there have been at least five major events when over 50% of animal species died. Yet, somewhat ironically, the more likely option is that we will be the first specie to bring extinction upon itself.

Not a sudden extinction - but a gradual one, morphing who we are today to a new specie.

In many ways, Homo Sapiens is already at the end of its 300,000 years journey. …


Scaling time

Planet Earth. The place where every known living creature was ever born and perished. This is our home, and it is 4.57 Billion years old.

That’s a lot of time. But even if it was 10 Billion or 100 million years old, we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Our brain is not designed to process this kind of data, unless we can scale it and give it a proportional context.

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What if we scaled down those 4.57 Billion year into one year?

Two years after the Big Bang, when our universe itself was born - it gave birth to planet Earth.

After a month and a half some molecules arranged…

Guy Gamzu

Angel investor, Israeli technology startups

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