Jenny Ricks, Global Convenor, Fight Inequality Alliance said: “The Forbes Rich List shows us that we are living in a tale of two pandemics where billionaire wealth is still booming, while most of humanity is going bust. While the super-rich can choose their latest yacht or space holiday, the inequality virus has laid bare a broken system that forces the rest of us to choose between healthcare and the environment, between heating and eating, between affordable housing and a living wage.
“Governments and powerful institutions are now making vital recovery plans, yet risk creating a two-tier recovery for rich and poor that only worsens inequality. People clearly want an economy that doesn’t only work for the super rich. We have a rare opportunity to rewrite the future rather than stick to the status quo.
That’s why we’re calling for a People’s Recovery Plan and wealth taxes on the super rich that could raise an eye watering $2.52 trillion globally.”
The latest billionaire wealth figures stand in stark contrast to loss of lives and jobs during the pandemic, which has pushed tens of millions more people into poverty and further supercharged inequalities around the world.
For further information: Jenny Ricks, Global Convenor, firstname.lastname@example.org
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