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The combined [fortunate / fortune] of 26 of the world's richest people is equal to the total wealth of the 3.8 billion poorest people. This [startling / sparkling] disparity in wealth is according to a report from the [charitable / charity] Oxfam. It reported that since the [globally / global] financial crisis in 2008, the number of billionaires in the world [was / has] doubled. They are also getting $2.5 billion richer every day. This is in [stark / spark] contrast to the world's less fortunate - the poorest half of the planet is [seeing / seen] its wealth slowly shrink [as / was] prices of commodities increase, wages are squeezed and land prices and rents [raise / rise] . Oxfam's report highlights the growing gap between the world's rich and poor and the ever-widening gap [on / in] wealth inequality.

The report says that [mostly / most] of the world's mega-wealthy have made their huge [fortunes / fortunate] from technology companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook. The world's richest person is Amazon [flounder / founder] and CEO Jeff Bezos. His amassed $100 billion fortune is 100 times greater than the annual health [budgetary / budget] of Ethiopia. Oxfam said it was time to try and [redress / dress] the imbalance in wealth. It recommended taxing income [at / of] fairer levels, increasing tax on personal earnings and corporate profits, and eliminating tax [avoid / avoidance] schemes [commonly / common] used by companies and the super-rich. It said: "In many countries, a [decant / decent] education or quality healthcare has become a luxury only the rich can [affront / afford] ."

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