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photoThe net worth of Forbes' 400 richest Americans hit $1 trillion this year. That $45 million more than in the past 12 months. From 31-year-old Google founder Sergey Brin to 96-year-old oil tycoon Max Fisher, they range in age and geography, but not economic class.

While it wasn't always the case, America is now the most economically polarized country in the world. What are the implications of this concentration of wealth for politics, business and society?

Hear a discussion on the wealthiest Americans and what their economic power means for the rest of Americans.

Guests:

Matthew Miller, reporter for Forbes Magazine

James Galbraith, professor of government at the University of Texas

Edward Wolff, professor of economics at New York University

Lisa Keister, associate professor of sociology at Ohio State University

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor for The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on September 28, 2004.

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