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This pyramid shows how wealth is distributed around the world

At the very top of the pyramid, 34 million people have a fortune of $1 million or higher

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This pyramid shows that as of 2015, 3.4 billion people (71% of the world’s adults) are in possession of less than $10,000. Another billion people (21% of the world’s adults) have financial assets of between $10,000 and $100,000.

At the very top of the pyramid, 34 million people have a fortune of $1 million or higher, and they collectively control a whopping $113 trillion. By contrast, the 3.4 billion people at the base of the pyramid control just $7.4 trillion, according to the Global Wealth Report from Credit Suisse.

This article was first published in the World Economic Forum's Agenda Blog on Nov. 2, 2015.

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Niall McCarthy is a Media Relations Manager at Statista.