How to define Wealth?

What is your interpretation of being wealthy in monetary term?

Is it any of these?

  1. Having one billion dollars of disposable cash?
  2. Be able to afford to drive an Audi R8?
  3. Be able to shop till you drop without having to worry about running out of money?
  4. Travel across the globe in style for one full year without going bankrupt?
  5. Be able to afford to send your kids for tertiary education overseas and still be able to retire comfortably?
  6. Owning a private jet?

One may argue wealth is only relative. However, it is crucial to make the distinction between real rich and  phony rich so that one doesn’t get embroiled in a lifestyle led by many wealthy pretenders.

Materialism is one of the most destitute pursuits that exists.

Once in a while, we come across a quantifiable definition of wealth which seems practical and doesn’t sound insurmountable.

These 2 criterion are quoted from the book, Millionaire Teacher, the Nine Rules of Wealth you should have Learned in School.

  1. You should have money to never work again, if that’s your choice
  2. You should have an investment, a pension or a trust fund which generates twice the level of your country’s median household income over a lifetime.

How would this apply to you?

I simplify this in one sentence.

If you live in Malaysia now, you would have a passive income of RM 9,000 a month.

Straightforward, isn’t it?

Malaysia mean household income

This is an excerpt from Capital Malls Malaysia 2011 Annual Report, Department of Statistics projected data based on historical growth rate by CBRE Research


  • anol

    Reply Reply 30/10/2012

    does EPF, insurance, and saving contribute to the passive income?

    • LCF

      Reply Reply 30/10/2012

      EPF yes, insurance partly since you can’t really withdraw much the cash value.

  • LCF

    Reply Reply 11/09/2012

    It’s in the Capital Malls Trust Malaysia 2011 annual report. You can download it here –

  • AnTakTau

    Reply Reply 10/09/2012

    can you provide me links or whatever so i can get the full chart & full excerpt of “Main Economic Indicators, Malaysia”

  • ChampDog

    Reply Reply 30/03/2012

    3 & 5 for me. 🙂

    • LCF

      Reply Reply 30/03/2012

      Hey Champ, I am not sure if I get what you mean 🙂

  • Justin

    Reply Reply 29/03/2012

    thanks! miss that 🙂

  • LCF

    Reply Reply 29/03/2012

    Hi Justin
    See “Mean Monthly Household Income” in the screenshot, for Year 2012, which is RM 4,580 🙂

  • Justin

    Reply Reply 29/03/2012

    How do you come up with RM 9,000/mth?

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