How big a piece: When John D. Rockefeller was alive, and...

File Cabinet

February 02, 1997

How big a piece: When John D. Rockefeller was alive, and worth $1.4 billion, his wealth was equivalent to one-65th of the nation's gross national product. But the richest man in the United States today, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, has only one-425th of the GNP even though he's worth $15 billion. That observation is contained in "The Wealthy 100," a book by Michael Klepper and Robert Gunther that looks at the 100 richest Americans. The booming U.S. economy has meant a billionaire's share of the pie has shrunk.

Crayon trivia: Binney & Smith, the people who make Crayola crayons, offer some little-known facts about crayons: The average child in the United States will wear down 730 crayons by the time he or she is 10. The company turns out an average of 5 million crayons a day, or more than 2 billion each year. Although there are 104 colors (including eight new ones), the labels are made in only 18 colors.

Pub Date: 2/02/97

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