Who is the richest person in the world, ever? Does where you were born affect how much money youâ€™ll earn over a lifetime? How would we know? Whyâ€”beyond the idle curiosityâ€”do these questions even matter? In The Haves and the Have-Nots, Branko Milanovic, one of the worldâ€™s leading experts on wealth, poverty, and the gap that separates them, explains these and other mysteries of how wealth is unevenly spread throughout our world, now and through time.Â Milanovic uses history, literature and stories straight out of todayâ€™s newspapers, to discuss one of the major divisions in our social lives: between the haves and the have-nots. He reveals just how rich Elizabeth Bennetâ€™s suitor Mr. Darcy really was; how much Anna Karenina gained by falling in love; how wealthy ancient Romans compare to todayâ€™s super-rich; where in Kenyan income distribution was Obamaâ€™s grandfather; how we should think about Marxism in a modern world; and how location where one is born determines his wealth. He goes beyond mere entertainment to explain why inequality matters, how it damages our economics prospects, and how it can threaten the foundations of the social order that we take for granted.Â Bold, engaging, and illuminating, The Haves and the Have-Nots teaches us not only how to think about inequality, but why we should.