World's richest have same wealth as 3.5 billion poorest

The combined wealth of the world's richest 85 people is now equivalent to that owned by half of the world's population according to a new report from Oxfam titled "Working for the Few". The global aid and development organization detailed the extent of global economic inequality created by the rapidly increasing wealth of the richest. According to the report, 210 people have become billionaires in the past year, joining a select group of 1,426 individuals with a combined net worth of $5.4 trillion. This massive concentration of economic resources in the hands of fewer people presents a significant threat to inclusive political and economic systems. Oxfam is calling on the global political and business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos to take steps to turn around the rapidly exacerbating inequality.