Shocking ‘Wealth Inequality’ Viral Video Makes the ‘Real Housewives’ Look Downright Poor

Adriana Velez | Mar 4, 2013 Viral Videos

real housewives wealth inequityWhat's the appeal of watching Real Housewives? Well, I think part of it is vicariously enjoying the lifestyles of the wealthy and faaabulous(ly tacky). Oh, if only we could all throw lavish dinner parties and dress up in designer gowns just to toss Veuve Clicquot in each other's faces. Right? Ooh, except, have you seen this "Wealth Inequity" video that's gone viral? Hmmm. Real Housewives aren't looking quite so rich and fabulous anymore... most of them aren't, anyway...



  • What we think vs. Reality



    First of all, let's look at how we think wealth should be distributed, vs. how we think it's distributed, vs. how it's really ditributed. Um... wow.

  • Another way to look at it



    Here's another way to see the same thing. America's median net worth (that's not just income, it's income plus your assets like your home) is $57,000. Where are you in this chart?

  • Where Most 'Real Housewives' Are


    Images via BravoTV

    Brandi Glanville's net worth is estimated to be about $1 million. Phaedra Parks' comes in around $2 million. Nene Leakes is around $4.5 million. Many Housewives who shall go nameless are worth far less. Still, this puts these ladies at the "merely" rich, that second to last section where it just starts sloping up. They're small potatoes compared with the last column.

  • Top one percent be crazy



    Check it out -- they have to pull out a whole 'nother column for the one percent because all those little green dots just keep going, and going, and going, and going.


  • The one percenters


    The average net worth of the top one percent is $16.4 million. Keep in mind, this category includes billionaires, though. Aviva Drescher is worth $20 million, Adrienne Maloof is worth $50 million (though I'm not sure if her divorce is reflected in that figure).

  • Lee Radziwill


    Oh yeah, obviously "Princess" Lee Radziwill is also in the top one percent. Even as a single lady she's worth $50 million. This actually puts her in the top .01 percent of the entire nation, not just the top 1 percent.


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