Billionaires, apples, and other things

Mar 12, 2011

The World’s Billionaires — Forbes publishes their annual list of the world’s richest people. Four of the top ten are from the US, but the richest man in the world is now Carols Slim Helu (and family) of Mexico.

What if I had bought Apple stock instead? — Apple stock is at about $350 per share right now. If you had invested in Apple instead of buying that Apple PowerBook G3 250 in 1997, you’d have stock valued at $330,563.

Interview with Jer Thorp — PopTech asks the New York Times data artist in residence some questions about his work and what’s in store for the future.

Q&A with me — Visualizing asked me a few questions, and then I answered them.

Favorites

A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.

Real Chart Rules to Follow

There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.

Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.