More than 200 millionaires urge leaders in Davos to tax them more as inequality worsens

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A rich Briton is among a group of millionaires in Davos pushing for governments to tax those like him more in order to bridge a wealth gap he warns is fragmenting the world.

In an interview with AFP on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, Phil White said he was alarmed at how the rich got even richer while average people suffered during the Covid pandemic and as food and energy prices have skyrocketed.

“I am very happy to pay more taxes, I want my government to tax me and tax people like me,” White said.

White is among more than 200 “patriotic millionaires” from 13 countries sending the same message to the world’s political and global elite in the Swiss Alpine village of Davos for their annual meeting.

“We should be reducing levels of wealth,” said White.

“And government should be imposing wealth taxes to reduce inequalities.”

Among the millionaires in Davos sending an open letter Wednesday to the World Economic Forum calling for more taxes on the wealthy are “people who inherited, people who worked, entrepreneurs, traders, a whole mix of backgrounds,” he said.

An engineer, White said he did not inherit wealth but worked hard and became “nicely off” when he and his partners sold their consulting company to private equity holders.

His group includes people like the US actor Mark Ruffalo, who played the role of Hulk in the Marvel films, and an heir to the Disney empire, Abigail Disney.

They are doing their part to promote the World Economic Forum theme: “Unity in a fragmented world.”


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