How rich are you? Here is the Benchmark

I just received an ebook by one of famous finance blogger in Malaysia,
He is famous on how to make money, invest profitably, accumulate wealth and retire early. I’m not really follow him but I’ll share some of his point in his ebook.

How rich are you? Most people are reluctant to answer because there are only 1% of the population are rich!

However, if you are to respond to such a question honestly, what would it be? Would you answer “I have two houses, three cars, a few FD, etc.”, or “I am worth RM300,000?, or “I earn RM20,000 a month” etc.

There are many ways to state our wealth. In fact, wealth is more appropriate to be indicated by “time”, not the amount of “asset” we have.
This is the formula:

Wealth = How long we can continue and
maintain our lifestyle without working?

According to the above formula, this is how we should state our
I can maintain my current lifestyle for ten years without working.
How long would it be for you? How wealthy are you? 3 months? 1 year?
I read the book The Millionaire Next Door back in 2001. It is a marvellous book! Here is one of the gems:

Multiply your age times your realised pretax annual household income from all sources except inheritances. Divide by ten. This, less any inherited wealth, is what your net worth should be.

One’s expected net worth (ENW) = Age X(Realised Pre-tax Annual Household Income exclude inherited income)/10

Example, Mr Lee’s annual income is RM100,000, age 35.
Lee’s expected net worth = 35 X RM100,000 /10 = RM350,000.
According to Dr Thomas J. Stanley (the author), there are three categories of wealth accumulator:

1. PAW – Prodigious Accumulator of Wealth
2. AAW – Average Accumulator of Wealth
3. UAW – Under Accumulator of Wealth

If Mr Lee’s net worth is RM800,000, which is more than two times of ENW, he is a PAW.
If Mr Lee’s net worth is RM50,000 only, which is less than half of ENW, he is a UAW.

Let’s calculate ours, which category do you belong to?


Simply, just divide your age by 10, and multiple it by your current income. This should give a rough estimate of your expected net worth should be.

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