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Are You in the Top 10%?

Updated: Jul 7, 2022

Dear Clients & Friends,

Since I’m traveling, this will be a short Weekend Reading.  A conversation that I had with clients in my Vero office inspired me to share some data about wealth in America with you. Most of our readers might find this information to be surprising.

A household income of $118,200 puts a person in the top 10% of US income earners.  A household income of $166,200 puts a person in the top 5% of US income earners.(1) I know that this is somewhat hard to believe; given the cost of healthcare, post-high school education, and many other disturbingly expensive necessities, most people who earn $120k don’t consider themselves to be highly affluent.

Here are a few more statistics that illustrate the distribution of wealth in America:

  • People representing the lower 60% of net worth in the US possess only 3% of the wealth in America(2)

  • The wealthiest 10% of Americans control 76% of America’s total wealth(3)

  • A net worth of $1,182,000 puts a person in the wealthiest 10% of Americans(4)

  • A net worth of $93,170 (USD) puts a person in the wealthiest 10% of the global population(5)

  • If you have a net worth of $770,000 (USD), you are in the wealthiest 1% of the global population!(6)

I think it’s a wise practice to align our personal perspectives with reality. Warren Buffett once said, “If you’re in the luckiest 1% of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99%.” We are proud that this philosophy is so prevalent among the family of clientele that we serve.

Have a lovely weekend.

- Matthew

  1. US Census 2006

  2. Statistica 2019

  3. DQYDJ, 2019

  4. CNN, 2018

  5. CNBC, 2016

  6. Investopedia, 2019


Matthew Ramer, AIF® Principal, Financial Advisor MOR Wealth Management, LLC

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