Friday, March 10, 2006

Blair's Britain: more living below the poverty line; more billionaires.

The poverty line.

In 2003/04, 12 million people in Great Britain were in households living below the low income threshold.

This 12 million figure is much higher than in the early 1980s. More people are now living below the poverty line.

The low income threshold is £100 per week for a single adult, £260 per week for two adults living with two children, and £180 per week for a single adult living with two children.

Fuller details can be found at: http://www.poverty.org.uk/summary/key_facts.htm

Roman Abramovich, the Jewish owner of Chelsea football club, has an estimated worth of $18.2bn.

Philip and Cristina Green, Jewish owners of the Arcadia retail empire which includes Bhs and TopShop, have an estimated net worth of $7bn.

Though barely two percent of The USA's population is Jewish, close to half its billionaires are Jewish. (According to an article at: http://www.rense.com/general27/jlobby.htm )

Top 10 in the Forbes Rich List:

1 Bill Gates, US, worth $50bn (IT)
2 Warren Buffett, US, $42bn (finance)
3 Carlos Slim Helu, Mexico, $30bn (telecoms)
4 Ingvar Kamprad, Sweden, $28bn (retail)
5 Lakshmi Mittal, India, $23.5bn (steel)
6 Paul Allen, US, $22bn (IT/investment)
7 Bernard Arnault, France, $21.5bn (luxury goods)
8 Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Alsaud, Saudi Arabia, $20bn (investment)
9 Kenneth Thomson, Canada, $19.6bn (publishing)
10 Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong, $18.8bn (diversified investment)

Source for list: http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1727755,00.html

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