I had a short but interesting conversation in game last night. A few guys in a starter corps were talking about how rich they were with amounts like 2 billion, 500 million etc. There was a little talk about whether the best way to make ISK was missioning or mining.
I resisted mentioning how rich I am at first because it would probably come across as bragging and they might not even believe me. But as the conversation went on I just couldn't resist anymore. I told them I'm worth 628 billion, should break 650 within a month and I made it all trading.
Someone commented about how many hours it took him to make 2 billion missioning and mining. He said there's no way he could spend the time it would take to make 600 billion. I said I only spend an hour or 2 a day trading.
One guy called me a liar stating that 600 billion would put me at number 7 on the list of the richest players in Eve. I responded with an "I don't think so" and went on to explain that most players don't have all their money on a single character and not all of it is even in ISK in the first place. IOW, how wealthy a single player is simply cannot be determined by how much ISK a single character of his has.
For example, I said, I have 30 characters, nearly half my net worth is in assets for sale, another 130 billion or so is in escrow, leaving only about 200 billion in wallet cash spread out across all 30 characters.
He called me liar again, saying there's no way I could have 30 characters and only spend 2 hours a day because it would take at least an hour just to log onto them all. I asked him "What makes you think I do log onto all of them every day?"
Never did get an answer to that.
I slapped up a link to last month's Financial Report but the conversation died after that. Obviously at least one guy didn't believe me, thought I was lying and making it all up.
I half expected not to be believed in the first place but the point that really stuck out for me is how he thought 600 billion would make me one of the very richest players in the game. I don't think I'm anywhere near the top 10, not even close. From indications I see on the market I believe there are quite a few players a lot richer than I am. I'm fairly certain there are more trillionaires than most players would believe and quite a few multi-trillionaires but I really don't know just how rich the very richest players are or just how many of them there are. All I can be sure of is they're a lot richer than I am.
So my questions are:
How rich is rich? Really rich that is, not just comfortably wealthy compared to the average player.
Just how rich are the very richest players in the game?