America is falling out if love with billionaires, and it's about time.
Many people don't understand what that kind of wealth even means. Most people would consider themselves rich if they had some money left over every month, drive nice cars, live in a nice house, and be able to travel and not think twice about random small Amazon purchases.
In reality, everyone is living one paycheck or chronic illness away from total. fucking. ruin. No one has any cash for anything, it's all charged. No one buys cars outright, it's all loans and leases. No one goes to school without loans. If you step back and for the sake of argument ignore whatever equity homeowners built up in their homes, everyone is underwater and everyone is broke, which means even those of us who are doing better (own a home, have steady jobs with 401s, etc) are one financial crisis away from foreclosure and eviction.
Meanwhile, what does it really mean to be near-billionaire rich? Well, for starters, it means not having to punch the clock. That right there removes ALL issues related to transportation, childcare, work-related stress.
Money-wise, any equity you own, such as stocks, bonds, ETFs, mutual funds, etc, will pay dividends. I just got a 2% divident on a Vanguard retirement fund, but it didn't make a dent because I'm broke. But if I had $100M in that fund, the dividend ALONE would be $2 mil.
Now consider you needed a little money. You just sell a little of that stock, pay barely 15% cap gains, buttress that tax with prior year loss carryover and "business-related deductions", and boom, you're paying sub-10% tax, if at all.
That's what people don't realize. Being that wealthy doesn't mean boats and luxury cars. It means complete freedom to tell everyone to go fuck themselves while removing 80% of all common stressors out of your life.
For an average person, it wouldn't take that much to get out of the rat race. Two-three grand a month would be lifechanging. It would mean daycare for the kids, more freedom to go to school, more freedom to work on the house, travel, take care of the aging parents.