Maybe this is a bad time for this post, just after failing on an attempt to make an online survey. Anyway, I tried the survey and it didn't work. I have some different ideas and maybe I'll find success eventually. In either case, I'm sure you'll hear about it.
So, who is the richest man in the world? I am. Making just under $1000 per month, I hereby declare that I am the richest man in the world. I know what you are thinking-- There are lots of people who make more money than I do. You're right, and if that is how you measure wealth I will call you shallow.
For starters I want to assure you that I am monetarily wealthy. I am likely among the top 10% of monetarily wealthy individuals in the world. While I don't really know these statistics very well, I do know that the fact that I own a computer, house and am debt free (except the mortgage) would put me in the upper echelons of monetary wealth. I think this is sad. Not only because there are that many people with less than I have, but because when I say that I make less than $1000 per month I think that it isn't very much. It is more than the vast majority of the human race. From a global perspective I am really making a lot of money, but I am evidently not using it as well as I could be because I don't have extra to sock away every month.
The real reason that I am the richest man in the world is because of my family. I have a wife that I have more in common with than anyone and with whom I can talk openly and freely. I think I am one of the few men who has been able to marry the girl of his dreams and it brings more value to my life than money could buy.
In addition to a wonderful wife, I have the two greatest children. The older one clings to my leg when I try to leave in the mornings and begs me to stay. The younger one will sign "I love you" as I leave. They are wonderful, helpful children who are generally very well behaved. They have sincere hearts and they try to help those around them. They make me proud and are of infinite value to me. With three people in my home of infinite value to me, and being extremely wealthy monetarily, I must be the wealthiest man in the world. And then to further prove my wealth, I have family outside of my home that are of great value to me. Even my in-laws are a great group of people who provide substantial love and support. Really, I've got it all.
What brings value to your life?