October 7, 2013 |
Last of three parts "It could be a kiss-off gift," says the cultural leader of a $10,000 check that had recently arrived in the mail. It would be a nice chunk of change for any Philadelphia arts and culture group, this 10K, except when you realize that the donor who sent it is worth several billion dollars. Relatively speaking, it's the same as someone with $100,000 in the bank sending a check for $3. This donor hasn't emerged as one of Philadelphia's great philanthropic leaders, despite his capacity.
February 24, 1999
Now that the courts are making decisions in favor of Imelda Marcos, she has publicly flouted any compromise to split her wealth with the [Filippino] government. . . . "If you know how rich you are, you are not rich," she commented. "I am not aware of the extent of my wealth. That's how rich we are. " - Karen Emmons South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Dec. 13, 19
July 26, 1986 |
The concentration of wealth in the hands of a very few has increased dramatically in the United States, a new study says. The "super rich" - the top one-half of 1 percent of the population - held 35.1 percent of the nation's wealth in 1983, according to a survey by the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. That figure was an increase of nearly 10 percentage points from 20 years earlier, when the super rich had just 25.4 percent of the nation's wealth. Although the study does not show the rest of the population getting poorer as a result, "it is proof that the rich get richer," said Rep. David R. Obey (D., Wis.)
May 13, 2007
Still figuring out to whom you want to give your vote Tuesday? The Great Expectations Web site, http:/go.philly.com/great expectations, offers a wealth of helpful material: Audio of mayoral and City Council candidate interviews, and City Council candidate debates. An archive of endorsements. An electronic debate between the First District candidates.
January 6, 1999 |
Sharing the wealth with his loyal subjects, Alex De Flavis, playing the part of Balthazar, distributes candy to students after a program at Sumner Elementary School in Camden. De Flavis visited yesterday as part of Three Kings Day, the 12th day of Christmas, on which gifts are traditionally given to children.
June 6, 1993 |
A wealth of African culture was presented yesterday at the African Marketplace, which was held at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum. Radio personality Georgie Woods was on hand to mark his 40th year in broadcasting.
August 28, 1986 |
The Joint Economic Committee of Congress, which announced last week that it had made a mistake in a survey about the increasing concentration of wealth in the United States, said yesterday that it had mistakenly reported its mistake and that its original mistake was no mistake at all. Clear? If not, then it's back to Square One in the case of the missing $198 million. On July 25, the committee reported that the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few had increased dramatically, with the super rich - the top one- half of 1 percent of the wealthiest Americans - holding 35.1 percent of the nation's wealth in 1983.
July 14, 2015 |
ECONOMIC POPULISM is having a moment of celebrity these days. But so is economic gluttony. These conflicting impulses - equality vs. liberty - have been in constant competition. For some, equality of opportunity and outcomes is the ultimate political value; for others, it is liberty, which is degraded when property rights are too restricted by taxation and regulation. There is a view in both parties that voters are in an egalitarian mood. I don't buy it. The icon of economic gluttony in politics today is Donald Trump, however grotesque and trivial that may seem.
September 17, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - Americans' wealth shrank in the spring for the first time since early 2009 as financial turmoil eroded stock portfolios. The Federal Reserve says household net worth fell 2.7 percent - or $1.5 trillion - in the April-to-June quarter. The decline left Americans' net worth at $53.5 trillion. Shriveled stock portfolios were the biggest force dragging down wealth. Wall Street was shaken by fears over Europe's debt crisis. Since then, stocks have recovered most of their losses from the April-June quarter.