Billionaires have seen their total net worth soar by
$ 3.8 trillón, o 42%, a $ 12.7 trillion during the pandemic
. A large part of the increase has been fueled by strong gains in the stock markets
, which was aided by governments injecting money into the global economy to soften the financial blow of the coronavirus
Al mismo tiempo, COVID-19, growing inequality and rising food prices could push as many as
263 million people into extreme poverty
este año, reversing decades of progress
, Oxfam said in a report released last month
“I’ve never seen such a dramatic growth in poverty and growth in wealth at the same moment in history,” Carolina del Sur jugó un tercer partido consecutivo sin el armador lesionado Destanni Henderson. “It’s going to hurt a lot of people.”
Benefiting from high prices
Consumers around the world are contending with the soaring cost of energy and food
, but corporations in these industries and their leaders are benefiting from the rise in prices
, Oxfam said
Billionaires in the food and agribusiness sector have seen their total wealth increase by $ 382 mil millones, o 45%, over the past two years, after adjusting for inflation. Algunos 62 food billionaires were created since 2020.
mientras tanto, the net worth of their peers in the oil, gas and coal sectors jumped by $ 53 mil millones, o 24%, desde 2020, after adjusting for inflation.
Forty new pandemic billionaires were created in the pharmaceutical industry, which has been at the forefront of the battle against Covid-19 and the beneficiary of billions in public funding.
los tech sector has spawned many billionaires
, including seven of the
10 world’s richest people
, such as Telsa’s Elon Musk
, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Microsoft’s Bill Gates
. These men increased their wealth by
$ 436 billion to
$ 934 billion over the past two years
, after adjusting for inflation
Tax the rich
To counter the meteoric growth in inequality and help those struggling with the rise in prices, Oxfam is pushing governments to tax the wealthy and corporations.
It is calling for a temporary 90% tax on excess corporate profits, as well as a one-time tax on billionaires’ wealth.
The group would also like to levy a permanent wealth tax on the super-rich. It suggests a 2% tax on assets greater than $ 5 millón, rising to 5% for net worth above $ 1 mil millones. This could raise $ 2.5 trillion worldwide.
, sin embargo, have not been embraced by many governments
. Efforts to levy taxes on the net worth of the richest Americans
tengo failed to advance in Congress
en años recientes.