How to define Wealth?

by ChingFoo Lieu on 29/03/2012

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

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

anol October 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

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


LCF October 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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


LCF September 11, 2012 at 12:58 am

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


AnTakTau September 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm

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


ChampDog March 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm

3 & 5 for me. :)


LCF March 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

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


Justin March 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm

thanks! miss that :)


LCF March 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm

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


Justin March 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

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


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