Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 05, 2014

Global billionaire population today, according to Wealth-X: 2,325

Number of new billionaires added in 2014, a 7 percent rise from 2013: 155

Rank of Europe as the world leader in terms of billionaire population and billionaire wealth: 1

Number of billionaires in Europe: 775

Billionaire wealth in Europe: $2.37 trillion

Source: Wealth-X.

Percentage of workers who check personal email at least once a week while on the job, according to a Ricoh Americas Corp. online survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Ricoh: 76

Percentage who take personal calls: 61

Percentage who text using a mobile phone: 67

Source: Ricoh Americas Corp.

Percentage of senior marketing executives at business-to-business and business-to-consumer organizations across North America who view customer centricity as critical to the success of their business and role at the company, according to research from SAP SE: 73

Percentage of marketers who say that customer centricity is ranked high within their organization: 14

Source: SAP SE.

Rank of doctors, military officers, firefighters, scientists and nurses on the list of occupations that U.S. adults consider to have either a great deal of prestige or to have prestige, according to a Harris Poll: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Though only 40 percent of Americans consider accounting prestigious, percentage who would encourage a child to become an accountant: 78

Source: Harris Interactive.

Percentage of brides who said they would make a few "minor adjustments" to the proposal if they could, according to David's Bridal's eighth annual "What's on Brides' Minds" survey: 53

Percentage who would have changed the location: 22

Percentage of the women who wished the speech had been different: 20

Source: David's Bridal Inc.

Percentage growth of the affluent population in the United States since 2013 ("affluents" defined as adults aged 18 or more living in households with at least $100,000 in annual household income), according to an Ipsos survey: 8

Number of additional affluent adults this represents compared to a year ago, all earning and spending at the same or greater levels: 5 million

Total number of adults in this segment of the population: 67.5 million

Percentage of U.S. households in this category: 23

Source: Ipsos Affluent Survey.

Cost to Americans of damaged iPhones since their introduction in 2007, according to the results of a study by SquareTrade: $10.7 billion

Estimated amount Americans have spent on repairs, replacements and insurance deductibles for cracked, dropped, submerged and water-damaged devices in the last seven years, including iPhones: $23.5 billion

Source: SquareTrade.

Percentage of workers who reported they have felt bullied at work, according to a CareerBuilder study: 28

Percentage of these workers who left their jobs because of it: 19

Source: CareerBuilder.com.

Percentage of Americans who said that it is acceptable to use a cellphone while walking down the street, according to research by TheStreet Inc.: 65

Percentage of respondents who say that it is OK to be on a phone while checking out at a supermarket or retail store: 34

Source: TheStreet Inc.

Percentage of chief information officers and IT decision makers who believe that all data generated has value if the organization is able to store, access and analyze it optimally, according to a survey commissioned by enterprise storage leader HGST: 86

Percentage of respondents who admit they are not storing all available data, keeping them from unlocking its full value: 48

Source: HGST.

IDLE THOUGHT

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." -- George Orwell

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)

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