Are you a Prodigious Accumulator of Wealth?

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In the book “The Millionaire Next Door”, the authors defined prodigious accumulators of wealth as people who manage to accumulate twice their expected net worth.

To calculate your expected net worth, refer to this old Salary.sg post. (Note that I called it “target net worth” previously.)

This chart gives you an idea of how much net worth these so-called prodigious accumulators have:

Net worth of prodigious accumulators of wealth

Are you a prodigious accumulator of wealth? See also related article on Income Benchmarks.

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  1. great stuff. the only caveat for this chart is that it does not apply for people who experienced sudden huge increase in income. Applying the formula for the new salary may not make sense and creates a wrong view that, he or she is an underachiever.

  2. Though a significant portion of my net worth is from inheritance, when calculating my net worth I will discount this amount, along with all investment returns resulting from it.
    Even without inheritance, for which I grateful to have received, I’m still a prodigious accumulator by the above definition.

  3. This formula does not really make sense to me. Say for example for a person who makes $250K a year when he is 40 and has accumulated a networth of $2mil at 40. Assuming no salary increment, his networth is expected to be $2.5mil by 50. That is an incremental networth of only $500K in 10 years or annual networth increase of $50K per year. Given that the person’s annual salary is $250K, less of tax of say 20%. Net salary would be around $200K. Saving $50K on a net salary of $200K is too conservative.

    Basically, this formula just takes 20% of a person’s annual income and add it to the networth. Obviously, a person at higher level of income should have a higher savings rate than a person a lower level of income. So I am not sure if the chart makes too much sense.

  4. I agree with James. The numbers are too high for lower age and too low for higher age. At 50000 salary (not a high earner), and to have a savings of net worth 300K would either mean that the person has zero social life, doesn’t pay tax, has no expenses, etc or he is Warren Buffet ie doing very very well on his investments and you know how many Warren Buffetts are there in this world.

  5. i think if ‘annual income’ refers to some sort of average annual income over the career life of that person, maybe it makes sense. That might take care of my earlier concern as well as James and Renter’s excellent comments. for example, if a person makes ‘50,000’ annual income at 30, that will imply at 30 his actual annual income has to be higher than 50,000 so that the average annual income at 30 is actually that amount. Another assumption to consider is that the formula works only for steady increase in salary. probably a straight-line type of increase. It doesn’t take into consideration for people who’s salary increase till say 40 and then stays flat for next 10 years.

  6. The chart does not include inflation rate and it would not be accurate to calculate future value of your present value. Like what others have mentioned, it only take note of stagnant annual income.

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  8. this is not reflective, how can a person at age 30 earning 50k annual salary accumulate wealth amounting to 300k?

    this would simply mean:

    50k x 6 (number of years working since age 24) = 300k.

    if this is how the amount was arrived, it only means one thing, the person did not eat, go out or at the minimum definition spend anything from his earnings for the past 6 years of working. non-sense.

  9. Why not? I did it when I was 30. My salary as an employee is around 50k, but I also made a fair bit of money investing. Some friends also upped their wealth simply by buying new HDB flats. Some doubled their wealth simply by doing that- buy a new flat, stay in it, and continue to work in an average job.

  10. All benchmarks have flaws, including this one. If you had been earning 150k for many years, it’s not hard to hit 1 mio net wealth. But I suspect it could be that you have only recently hit the 150k level.

    It’s only a benchmark. Take it easy. You’re already very well off by most measures.

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