Chart: How Much Income Do You Need To Be Rich?

Mar 05, 2015
Behavioral Finance, Question of the Day, Research, Current Events, Chart of the Week

From Slate:


Good demonstration of how one’s perception of wealth is largely determined by their current income situation.  So, for a majority (54%) earning under $30,000, they believe one can be wealthy with an income under $100,000 while only 2% of people earning $100,000 believe that.

This would be an interesting question to ask students, some of whom may not know the specifics of their family’s income situation.

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Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.