The eight tycoons' net worth, as calculated by Forbes magazine, was cited Monday by anti-poverty activists Oxfam in a report highlighting income inequality. Gates co-founded Microsoft in the mid-70s, growing it into the world's biggest software company and helping to make computers a household item. The richest person in Europe, Ortega opened the first Zara fashion shop in 1975.
Consider the math: According to Bankrate.com, the highest yield you can expect from a money market account right now is 1.26%. There's no denying that the stock market can take you on a bumpy ride, so your fears are understandable. Savings earmarked for retirement are particularly well suited for the stock market.
Experts, including some pioneers of the 401(k) savings plans , worry that the current retirement system is not working for many Americans. More than half of workers — roughly 55 million — don't have access to a retirement plan on the job and 29 percent of households with members age 55 and older don't have a nest egg or a traditional pension plan. Perhaps a guaranteed mandate would work better, according to an odd couple of retirement system reformers.