The Crotchet’s Corner

My perspective about all things inconsequential

Rich … very rich …

The Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people has just been published and Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway), with a personal wealth of US$ 62 billion has come up on top ahead of Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim (US$ 60 billion) and Microsoft founder, Bill Gates (US$ 58 billion).


There are 24 Indians in the list, with four making it to the Top 10 – Lakshmi Mittal (No. 4), Mukesh Ambani (No. 5), Anil Ambani (No. 6) and K.P. Singh of DLF, two places further down.


Having done some research on the subject, I discovered that I would come in at no. 53,205,107 in the list.


The Forbes List is something that many await with keen anticipation, and I often wonder why.


For sure, there are those who will immediately shout themselves hoarse at this glaring disparity between the rich and the poor. For instance, it was stated in the Indian Parliament that 69.5% of children between the ages of 6 to 59 months suffer from anaemia.


Harsh though it may sound, the fact is that even if India had only one (or none) person in the Forbes list, it would not make an iota of a difference to alleviating the plight of the country’s under-privileged. And, if there are fifty instead of twenty four, it would not make the situation any worse.


So, why is there a buzz about with such lists?


Is it merely because of a fascination with numbers, or a fascination with those who have become celebrities as a result?


Is it merely a way of entertaining oneself with trivial, good-to-know kind of stuff?


Or, is it yet another convenient topic that one can use when grumbling about just anything?


What purpose does it actually serve? I am unable to figure this out.


March 11, 2009 - Posted by | About this and that | , , , ,

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