To Poppy Noor at The Guardian:
Dear Poppy: I just read your article regarding the Billionaire Calculator. I would like to offer you a new perspective. I am not a billionaire, nor have I met one but I want to assure you that as one of 328.4 million Americans you wield as much power as any billionaire on the planet. Here's how:
$1 billion ÷ 328.4 million Americans (current U.S. population) = $3.05
You are part of a collective! So is Mr. Bezos. He is one person - period. If there is a worthy cause that you hold dear - and you need to raise $1 billion - ask others to donate their fair share - $3.05 - and provide a link to an official donation site.
Not every American will be able to donate - some are children and unless they want to contribute from their baby college fund, weekly allowance or paper route earnings they won't be contributing. Some Americans are incarcerated, they are unlikely to have income available. Some are in nursing homes whose earning years are past now. Today there are millions of Americans who are unemployed - many or most of whom face food insecurity. In no way does any of that lessen your ability to effect change!
I would appreciate it if you could use your platform to share that formula for success. Each of us are wealthy - most never know it.
Very kindest regards,