The Morgan Housel Podcast

The Spectrum of Wealth

June 29, 2023

Chris Rock joked that Bill Gates would jump out the window if he woke up with Oprah’s money. Like most comedy, it’s funny because it contains a nugget of truth.

There is no objective level of wealth -- everything is just relative to something, or someone, else. That means a billionaire can feel poorer than someone with infinitely less money.

This episode tries to create a spectrum of wealth based on the quality of your life, feelings, and social circles, versus measuring it on money alone. 

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