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The World’s Richest Man

Someone forwarded me a link the other day on the world’s second richest man.  It was a story about Warren Buffett and was a wonderful story of the way he lives—with simplicity.

But the article got me thinking about who truly is the world’s richest man. And as I stopped to ponder the candidates, it occurred to me immediately that riches could not be measured in monetary terms.

Indeed, how many of the world’s wealthy have faded from the world scene just as a summer storm. For instance, many of our kids today would not even know the name Andrew Carnegie (the fierce-looking man in the photograph above).

A man’s wealth has to be measured by more than a bank account. So should the measure be progeny?  Consider Father Abraham—he was blessed to be the father of many nations. By his seed, we have been blessed with life. But surely, it cannot be the number of children one spawns. That route could take us into all kinds of mindless welfare routes.


The measure of true riches

True riches—what does it equal? The answer, I hope, is all too obvious—lives transformed.

Who was, and is, the greatest transforming agent of all time? Jesus.

No other person can claim the impact on this world. Cities, nations, and cultures have been influenced by his life. Countless millions have been confronted by his claims and submitted to their simplicity.

If the Purple Heart award were given in the spiritual sense, then Jesus would have an entire bank of them.

The richest man in the world has to measured by all the millions and millions of lives that he touched.

This all makes me wonder just a bit how my riches will be measured someday.


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About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. » Learn More. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously.

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