How the World Ended Up This Way

Global health guru Hans Rosling has put together another fascinating video showing how the world has changed over the past 200 years. Rosling’s passion always makes his videos very entertaining but his data shows the transformation in the emerging world we often discuss. This time, Rosling steps into the timeline himself to lead us along as nations develop.

In this video, Rosling plots every major country in the world based on life expectancy and income per person. Rosling’s data shows that as a country’s income per person rises, its people tend to live longer.

Rosling begins his analysis in 1810, a pretty dark period for humankind. Life expectancy was below 40 years for nearly every country in the world; only the U.K. and the Netherlands had slightly higher life expectancies.

Then the Industrial Revolution changed the world forever. Countries in Europe and the West experienced large increases in life expectancy as their wealth grew. Many countries in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America were left behind. However, for the last 50 years or so certain countries in the developing world are beginning to catch up.

Rosling highlights the acceleration of China over that time period but points out that within China there is quite a discrepancy. Those citizens who live in urban areas like Shanghai have similar wealth and life expectancy to those in Italy but citizens of the poor inland province of Guizhou are more like the people of Pakistan.

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Affiliation: U.S. Global Investors

Frank Holmes is CEO and chief investment officer of U.S. Global Investors, Inc., which manages a diversified family of mutual funds and hedge funds specializing in natural resources, emerging markets and infrastructure.

The company’s funds have earned more than two dozen Lipper Fund Awards and certificates since 2000. The Global Resources Fund (PSPFX) was Lipper’s top-performing global natural resources fund in 2010. In 2009, the World Precious Minerals Fund (UNWPX) was Lipper’s top-performing gold fund, the second time in four years for that achievement. In addition, both funds received 2007 and 2008 Lipper Fund Awards as the best overall funds in their respective categories.

Mr. Holmes was 2006 mining fund manager of the year for Mining Journal, a leading publication for the global resources industry, and he is co-author of “The Goldwatcher: Demystifying Gold Investing.”

He is also an advisor to the International Crisis Group, which works to resolve global conflict, and the William J. Clinton Foundation on sustainable development in nations with resource-based economies.

Mr. Holmes is a much-sought-after conference speaker and a regular commentator on financial television. He has been profiled by Fortune, Barron’s, The Financial Times and other publications.

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