|The financial wealth of the top 1% of Americans now exceeds the
combined net worth of the bottom 95%, according to New York
University economist Edward Wolff. Gates' wealth alone exceeds the
net worth of the bottom 45%. The personal assets of Microsoft
co-founders Paul Allen and Gates plus Berkshire Hathaway's Warren
Buffet exceed the combined gross domestic products of the world's
41 poorest countries, with their 550 million citizens.
Los Angeles Times Jeff Gates, Wednesday, January 12, 2000.