The enormous gap between rich and poor raises discontent with the political class throughout the world.
"From Brexit to the success of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, a worrying rise in racism, and widespread disillusionment with mainstream politicians, there are growing signs that more and more people in rich countries are unwilling to tolerate the status quo." says Oxfam in its new report An Economy for the 99%.
The organization requests in its report an increase in tax rates against "wealthy individuals and corporations", as well as a global agreement for countries to stop competing to enact low taxes for companies.
The humanitarian organization criticized the pressure actions of companies and the closeness between businessmen and politicians, demanded that pressure groups register publicly and stronger rules regarding conflicts of interest.
New data on the distribution of wealth in countries like India and China forced Oxfam to revise its calculations, as last year they said that half of the world's population wealth was held by 62 people.
The eight richest men in the world, according to "Forbes"
- Bill Gates (Microsoft / USA)
- Amancio Ortega (Zara / Spain)
- Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway / USA)
- Carlos Slim (Grupo Carso / Mexico)
- Jeff Bezos (Amazon / US)
- Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook / USA)
- Larry Ellison (Oracle / USA)
- Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg GP / USA)