Numbers: Jul. 26, 1999

$156 billion Assets of the world's three richest men: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Paul Allen

$136.2 billion Total GNP of the 43 least developed countries, the population of which is 600 million people

1.3 billion Number of people who live on less than $1 a day

72% International adult literacy rate, up from 48% in 1970

2,11,12 Ranking of books by television anchors Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Peter Jennings, respectively, on the New York Times best-seller list

84% Proportion of Americans who say government would work better if more people voted

49% Proportion of voting-age population who cast...

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