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With 8.4 Million American Millionaires, Billionaire Is The New Goal

Most of us are still working our jobs, waiting for our paychecks and hoping or wishing to someday be millionaires. The problem with that is that having the title of "millionaire" just doesn't hold the same oomph that it once did. Being a millionaire no longer means you won't have to work, nor does it mean that you can get anything you want. Are we now having to shoot for billionaire status if we really want to have "made it" in this world?

Money can't buy you happiness, but in many cases it certainly doesn't hurt. Particularly in capitalist economies, the accumulation of wealth is a primary life goal for many adults. We want to be happy. We want to be worry-free. We want to live the "easy life."

With 8.4 million American millionaires, is it really a worthy goal?

Apparently not. This infographic contends that "Billionaire is the new Millionaire," and with inflation heading in the vertical direction, the contention may be truthful. Who wants to be a millionaire? More importantly, does it really mean that much anymore?

You decide.

Billionaire vs Millionaire

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  • Jamie Matthewman

    Of course success and happiness can't be bought, we see very rich people self destructing and in rehab or just downright miserable all of the time. But a certain amount of wealth can certainly help to make life easier without doubt.

    I don't know what if feels like to be a billionaire or a millionaire for that matter, but I know what it feels like to be happy, content and at peace with who I am. Something I wouldn't trade for any amount money. For me that is the mark of true success and if you can combine that with a level of wealth that means you get to go on all the adventures this world offers even better!