I am a big believer that interactive visual tools can be one of the best ways to help us understand big and multifaceted topics. I've been trying to create more of these tools to deepen my own understanding of issues I've wanted to learn more about. The latest addition is this visualization of global wealth inequality.
In simple terms, this tool illustrates how wealth—everything from houses and land to stocks and savings, minus any debts—is distributed among individuals over 20 years old, with resources split equally within couples. The data comes from the World Inequality Database, which provides a more comprehensive definition of "net personal wealth". Information about each country's income group and region comes from the World Bank.
Note that the majority of the data is from 2021. Due to data availability, the U.S. uses 2019 data, and Venezuela uses 2020. Also, there are a few countries in this tool for which data is currently missing.