Some outfit called Wealth-X claims to have come up with a guess of how many ridiculously rich people there are in each country in the world. (Ridiculously rich=net worth of more than USD$30 million) They have a special page on Latin America. The key chart is here:
There’s a little problem — Latin American countries range dramatically in population, so raw numbers show little. I did the math, using CIA factbook population figures, to see how these numbers look when turned into per-capita rates. And you see, Brazil isn’t so special after all.
The mean rate turns out to be 2.46 per 100,000, and all but one of the countries stays within one standard deviation from that mean. But one country is 2.6 standard deviations above the mean. And then people wonder why that country has had six months of constant social unrest as regular people demand a bigger piece of the pie.
(Wealth-X report via Climateer)
UPDATE: I forgot to mention that this post was (perhaps subconsciously) inspired by this one, which is also interesting for those of us who like charts. Thanks Otto.