Rich people aren’t the only ones whose wealth is on the rise.
The wealth of people in the US is soaring, and some are getting richer faster than others.
That’s according to new wealth study by wealth enrichment group Wealth Partners, a wealth management company that advises rich people on how to invest their money.
Among its findings, the study found that the median wealth of a wealthy household increased by nearly $10,000 from 2000 to 2014, and nearly three times that of a typical American household.
For most Americans, that increase came from $40,000 or less in their 401(k)s.
At the other end of the spectrum, the wealth of households in the bottom half of the wealth spectrum rose by $1,600 over the same period.
While wealth inequality is a major issue in the U.S., the study also found that among wealthy Americans, those at the very top of the income ladder experienced the largest wealth gains over the past decade.
One of the biggest drivers behind this trend is the emergence of high-net-worth individuals such as Mark Zuckerberg, whose fortune grew by more than $100 billion over the course of his lifetime.
Another key driver is the rise of wealth for families that are headed by a parent or grandparent.
“The wealth gains are driven by the growth in wealth for the top 1 percent of families and the growth of wealth by those families for whom they own the bulk of their wealth,” the study said.
It also noted that wealth inequality has grown dramatically in the past five years.
A 2014 report from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget found that between 2000 and 2010, the median income of a family of four rose from $62,000 to $140,000.
By 2014, that income had fallen to $56,000, with the median household earning less than $30,000 per year.
But wealth inequality continued to rise as well.
Between 2000 and 2014, the gap between the richest and poorest 20 percent of Americans grew by 5.5 percent, to $38,000 for families in the top 20 percent.
This widening gap has been largely driven by changes in wealth.
Between 1999 and 2009, the wealthiest 20 percent saw their median wealth increase by $8,000 in real terms.
Meanwhile, the bottom 20 percent experienced a drop of $1.5 million over that same period, according to the report.
As a result, the top one-tenth of one percent now owns nearly half of all wealth, according the report, while the bottom 90 percent own less than 1 percent.