Obviously most of us know we'll never have quite as much money as the world's richest people. But once you really dig into the data, it becomes depressing to see just how much money billionaires have than the average person.
A website called "You vs. a Billionaire" is designed to show just how long it would take a billionaire to make your annual salary. The website shows the data for the five richest people in the world: Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, Wall Street CEO Warren Buffet, Louis Vuitton CEO Bernard Arnault and Facebook Founder Mark Zuckeberg.
To see how long it would take, all you have to do is plug in your annual salary. For instance, the annual salary of a United States worker last year was $44,564. To make $44,564 it would take Zuckerberg a mere one minute and 34 seconds. It would take slacker Bill Gates nearly six minutes, although that's largely because he doesn't actually do much work anymore. But it would take Bezos only 36 seconds to make what the average American worker makes in an entire year.
But obviously that's comparing the world's richest people to the average peasant. What if you compare them to other rich people? According to most statistics, in order to be considered in the top 1 percent of American wealth you have to make $430,600 per year. So how long would it take the world's richest men to become one percenters in America? Well for Bill Gates it would take about 56 minutes and 35 seconds. For Warren Buffet, it would take nearly 27 minutes. And for Bezos it would take a scant five minutes and 47 seconds.
So at 12:06 a.m. on January 1st, 2018 Jeff Bezos already hit the top one percent of American wealth for this year.
If you want to depress yourself even further, head over to You vs. a Billionaire and enter in your actual salary.
(h/t You vs. a Billionaire)