In a nut shell, the American Dream is the idea that every person in the United States has the opportunity to succeed both professionally and personally in their lives, no matter what kind of life they were born into. It’s the idea that everyone should have an equal opportunity to attain wealth and social mobility that isn’t decided by the social class they were born into. For many, the American Dream ends with a high-paying job that they love, riches in the bank, a healthy and happy family, and a social circle that just can’t be beaten. While there are some people who achieve this dream throughout their lifetime, there are others who barely come close and simply have to watch as the elite splash their cash and live the kind of life only a few get to enjoy. However, few people know the kind of numbers that make up this “elite” group of rich people at the top, and some of these answers might surprise you…
According to the 2015 U.S. Census, the average American household lives off an income of $56,516 – but this is constantly changing. Throughout different periods of our lives, this income gets higher and lower depending on our circumstances, and there are those who earn much less than this, as well as those who earn much more. In fact, some of the richest people in the world live in America! Many of these people work in the world of technology, and have either been born into wealth and continued to build their empire with a little helping hand, or those who have built their businesses up from scratch and become the true embodiment of the American dream. At the time of writing, the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is currently the richest person in the United States with a net worth of a whopping $109.9 billion.
In second place is the co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, who is blessed with an incredible net worth of $93.3 billion. Next, we have businessman and CEO mogul, Warren Buffett, with walks around with a net worth of $87.2 billion. Then, we have the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, with a net worth of $77.5 billion. In fifth place, we have the co-founder of Google, Larry Page! All of these men have worked their way up the business food chain and come to rest at the top – but how could you join them?
Although we look at the businessmen, the actors, the singing superstars and the models and determine that they are all “rich” and “wealthy” – it seems as though the idea of wealth is actually much broader than we first thought. Depending on where you are in the United States of America, the idea of wealth changes due to the people who live there, the popularity of the city, the size of the city, and other statistics. As you read on, you’ll get to grips with how much money you need to earn to be considered in the top 1% of the population in the 42 largest cities in the States.