Most of us dream about having a $million. Can you imagine having a $billion? That's one thousand $million. There are an estimated 2,208 billionaires in our world.
Oxfam released their annual international report this week ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland. It brings some of the wealthiest people on the planet together.
It's interesting to note, the number of billionaires has almost doubled in the past decade. Oxfam is calling for action as the gap between rich and poor grows.
They're calling on nations to institute tax systems that are more fair by raising personal and corporate tax levels on the wealthy and finding ways to close tax loopholes the rich always seem to find.
They're also calling on the rich to explore universal health care and free education in our poorest countries.
As I read about this, it struck me that here at home, local millionaires continually make major contributions to local health care, youth and education. Maybe the world's richest could learn a lesson from them.