wealth

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1. General: Tangible or intangible thing that makes a person, family, or group better off.
2. Accounting: Value of an entity's accumulated tangible cash, land, building, etc.) and intangible (copyright, patents, trademarks, etc.) saleable possessions minus liabilities.
3. Economics: Total of all assets of an economic unit that generate current income or have the potential to generate future income. It includes natural resources and human capital but generally excludes money and securities because the represent only claims to wealth. Two common types of economic wealth are (1) Monetary wealth: anything that can be bought and sold, for which there is market and hence a price.
The market price, however, reflects only the commodity price and not necessarily its value. For example, water is essential for human existence but is usually very cheap. (2) Non-monetary wealth: things which depend on scarce resources, and for which there is demand, but are not bought and sold in a market and hence have no price. Examples are education, health, and defense.

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Some say wealth may be time plus mobility plus cash but I also think health is wealth, this is because it may be subjective.
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The multibillionaire computer magnate had amassed so much wealth that he'd never be able to spend all of his money even if he lived for thousands of years.
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Down around the corner on the left here, is my boss' house, as you can see, he is quite the accumulator of wealth.
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Notable Quotable

The Division of Wealth and the Wealthy
"If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves there wouldn't be enough to go around."
- Christina Stead
Mankind and Wealth
"The lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth. (Pliny, 23-79 A. D.)"
- Pliny the Elder
Wealth and the Greatest Man in History
"The greatest man in history was the poorest."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cost of Being Wealthy
"It's so expensive to be rich."
- Susan Gutfreund
One Person's Experience on Wealth
"I started out with nothing. I still have most of it."
- Michael Davis
A Perspective on Wars and Wealth
"Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service."
- Socrates
Wealthy Individuals and Their Possessions
"Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions."
- Frank Lloyd Wright
Is Wealth Relative?
"Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it."
- Benjamin Franklin


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