Peter posted this on April 24, 2020
Forbes regularly publishes a list of world billionaires.
The Net worth used for this ranking is usually a combination of stock held in companies as well as their assets such as real estate, etc.
This leads to giving people a net worth of maybe $40 billion & leading the majority to believe they have the entire cash sitting in a Bank account or vault somewhere.
Sadly, that’s not the case.
A person with a reported $40 billion net worth might find it difficult coughing up $1m for an emergency and there are reasons for this.
Net worth is mostly Air Money (as I call it) or Illiquid or Fixed Assets.
Business is simply deploying capital to an opportunity and waiting for returns (or losing the capital)/
If you have a Business returning 30% or more on your capital annually, it would be crazy leaving your cash in the bank for 1% interest.
This is why for many properly run businesses, a lot of cash is tied up in inventory and other assets and rarely available to spend.
I for instance have been on a salary for the past 5 years (I’m not even the highest paid) while receiving dividends at the year end when we make a profit.
This means if we get a $1m contract, I probably won’t have access to a cent of the profit from it till the year is over and accounts settled.
The money belongs to the company (as well as the car I drive and a lot of other things).
Most of the money you feel a Business person should have to waste is just Air Money.
We’d only see it when we sell the Business.