They work less, they look great and now it turns out that the French – and citizens of six other countries - are richer than us, too.
The average wealth per American adult hit $236,213 in 2010, according to Credit Suisse. That’s a 23 percent increase over a decade ago, but leaves us far behind No. 1 Switzerland, which surged 60 percent over the past decade to an average of $372,692 per adult.
The U.S., which ranked No. 2 in average wealth behind Switzerland a decade ago, has been surpassed since then by rapidly growing Norway, Australia, Singapore, France and Sweden, according to Credit Suisse.
Credit Suisse defined wealth as all assets, including real estate, minus debt such as bank loans.
Is all that wine and joie de vivre actually making the French more productive? Maybe so – as Business Insider points out, renowned workhorses Germany and Japan don’t even crack the top 10.