A new measure of poverty, Bill Gates edition

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The World Bank classifies countries around the world into income groupings (middle class, upper middle class), understandably using arbitrary and subjective cut-off points. I’d like to propose using Bill Gates’ wealth as a new cut-off point. ┬áThe above map, courtesy of @Amazing_Maps, depicts in red all of the countries that have GDPs lower than Gates’s wealth.

I think reasonable people can agree that if a country’s total income is outweighed by the wealth of a single (albeit incredibly rich) individual, than that country’s economy has some room for improvement!