Who Are The 1 Percent?

We asked you to vote on the worst of the 1%. You delivered, casting tens of thousands of votes on who’s getting rich exploiting the 99%. See the first installment of our series exposing the ones you chose: The 1% in 1 Minute. These videos show the facts, plain and simple. Share them with your friends and family so Americans can understand exactly how their democracy is being taken from them.

Rob Walton, Chairman of Wal-Mart


Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs


Pete Peterson, Co-Founder of the Blackstone Group


Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase


Rupert Murdoch, President of News Corp








In just the last generation, the richest 1% almost quadrupled their incomes.

The average wealth of the 1% is 225 times bigger than the wealth of the typical household – the highest it’s ever been.

Three decades ago, CEOs made about 40 times as much as an average worker – now CEOs make almost 200 times as much as regular employees.

Last year, half of Americans earned less than $26,000 while CEOs at top 500 companies raked in an average of $11 million.

Over the past decade, earnings for middle-class Americans actually fell. In fact, working Americans’ wages are now a lower percentage of our economy than they’ve ever been.

The divide between the richest and the poorest is worse in America than it is in nearly all of Europe and Asia and much of Africa. It’s about as bad as in Rwanda and Serbia – and it’s bad for our economy.

The 1% is not an accident – it is the result of policies our government chose to pursue.


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