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May 29, 2007

How Rich Are You?

In the U.S., when it's tax season you're weighing everything from your bottom line to vacation time. But take a look around the planet to see how you really stack up!

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How Do You Stack Up?

How Do You Stack Up?

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In the U.S., when it's tax season you're weighing everything from your bottom line to vacation time. But take a look around the planet to see how you really stack up!

VACATION NATIONS:
Two weeks is only the standard in America. Guess who gets...
35 DAYS: The French top the charts, mandating that employees get a full five weeks.
30 DAYS: Spain ranks next in awarding extended European vacations.
28 DAYS: go to those who toil in the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands. There are no national laws on the books, but workers in Australia and the United Kingdom usually get four full weeks as well.
24 DAYS: are granted to those in the Ukraine.
7 DAYS: are given in the Asian countries of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.
6 DAYS: is the norm for Mexican workers - it's no wonder that in a recent survey, 60 percent of Mexican women said that the best place to meet new people was at work.
0 DAYS: The Chinese are guaranteed no time off for good behavior!

THE RICHEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD:
*GDP PER CAPITA:
1. Luxembourg $62,700
2. Norway $42,400
3. United States $41,800

POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD:
*GDP PER CAPITA:
1. East Timor $400
2. Malawi $600
3. Somalia $600

PAY DIRT!
Who made bank in 2005 (and who's saved her pennies-er, pence)

BEST-PAID WOMEN UNDER 25:
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen
Ages: 19
AMERICAN
Estimated paycheck: $21 million

BEST-PAID FEMALE CELEBRITY:
Oprah Winfrey Age: 52
AMERICAN
Estimated paycheck: $225 million

BEST-PAID MUSICIAN:
Madonna
Age: 47
AMERICAN
Estimated paycheck: $50 million

BEST-PAID FEMALE ATHLETE:
Maria Sharapova, Age: 19
RUSSIAN
Estimated paycheck: $18.2 million

BEST-PAID ELIGIBLE BACHELORS:
Larry Page, Age: 33
Sergey Brin, Age: 32
AMERICAN
Founders: Google Estimated worth: $9 billion each

RICHEST FEMALE ROYAL:
Queen Elizabeth II
Age: 80
BRITISH
Net worth: $720 million

IF YOU EARN $31,223 - THE MEDIAN INCOME FOR AN AMERICAN WOMAN IN 2004 - YOU ARE IN THE TOP 6.47% OF THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.


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