The report said that the number of billionaires since the global financial crisis has nearly doubled with a new billionaire created every two days.
The report said that the number of billionaires since the global financial crisis has nearly doubled with a new billionaire created every two days.

India's richest 1% holds over 40% of national wealth: Report

  • India's richest 1% of the population hold 42.5% of national wealth while the bottom 50%, the majority of the population, owns a mere 2.8%, said the report
  • India's top 10% of the population holds 74.3% of the total national wealth while the bottom 90% holds 25.7% of national wealth, the report said

MUMBAI : A recent report on Monday showed that India's richest 1% of the population hold 42.5% of national wealth while the bottom 50%, the majority of the population, owns a mere 2.8%.

According to an Oxfam report, India's top 10% of the population holds 74.3% of the total national wealth while the bottom 90% holds 25.7% of national wealth.

The report said that the number of billionaires since the global financial crisis has nearly doubled with a new billionaire created every two days.

"Over the last year, the total wealth of India has increased by US$ 625.5 billion. The wealth of the top 1% increased by 46% while the bottom 50% saw wealth increase at just 3%.," the report said.

Analysis of billionaire wealth showed that there are 15 billionaires from the consumer goods industry and more than 10 billionaires from the pharmaceuticals industry in 2019.

Another figure that shows growing inequality in the country is that the wealth of top 9 billionaires is equivalent to the wealth of the bottom 50% of the population.

Persistent inequality has negative implications for macroeconomic stability and inclusive economic growth. Wealth concentrations can lead to decision-making power being restricted to a few while also resulting in significant adverse social impacts such as rising crime, the report noted.

"Rising inequality also compromises the pace of poverty reduction and compounds inequalities between various social groups such as men and women in terms of access to health, education, and opportunities," it said.

According to the report, it would take a female domestic worker 22,277 years to earn what a top CEO of a technology company makes in one year. With earnings pegged at 106 per second, a tech CEO would make more in 10 minutes than what an average domestic worker would make in one year.

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