Gap between the Rich and the Poor Introduction What does it mean to be rich or poor? In what ways is poverty or richness measured? The subject of poverty or richness can either be interpreted individually to indicate a deficit or certain lacking in material of a particular individual or otherwise (Shah, 2011). It may also be interpreted to mean a nation’s development status (Nations that are developing seem to be poor compared to the industrialized ones that economies speak volumes in terms of opportunities). However, Paul Bentley mentions that in a strange way, inequality in developed nations is much higher that in developing nations (Bentley, 2011). Global poverty is in every way, an occurrence as a result of poor or inconsistent human development (Shah, 2011).