I read the book The Millionaire Next Door in year 2001. It is a marvelous book! Here is one of the gem:

One’s expected net worth (ENW) = [Age X (Realized Pretax Annual Household Income – inheritance)/10] – Inherited wealth

Example, Mr. Lee’s annual income is RM100,000, age 35. He inherited nothing from his ancestor.

Lee’s expected net worth = [35 X (RM100,000-0)/10] – 0 = RM350,000.

According to Dr. Thomas J. Stanley ( the author ), there are 3 categories of wealth accumulator:

1. PAW – Prodigious Accumulator of Wealth
2. AAW – Average Accumulator of Wealth
3. UAW – Under Accumulator of Wealth

If Mr. Lee’s net worth is RM800,000, which is more than 2 times of ENW, he is a PAW.
If Mr. Lee’s net worth is RM50,000 only, which is less than half of ENW, he is a UAW.

Let’s calculate ours, which category do you belong to?

Millionaire Mind


Personal finance author and trainer

    4 replies to "Wealth Accumulator Formula"

    • dbkk101

      This formula is complete nonsense.

      It gives the linear increase in net worth, from age zero.

      According to this, the increase in your net worth from age 10 to age 25 (close-to-nothing teenager earnings, then college loans, then starting off on an entry-level salary) is the same as from 40 to 55 (when people’s earnings peak).

      • Michael

        Personally I think it’s a good indicator where one should be in his wealth accumulation according to my age. I would take it as an estimate and benchmark to axceed it if I was behind in my wealth accumulation.

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    • Adventures In Money Making

      woohoo! i made PAW

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