The pyramid is a work-in-progress illustration which visualizes United States wealth inequality through this familiar and disturbing statistic:

Today in the United States, the wealthiest top 0.1% owns about the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90%.

The 100 steps represent the American capitalist system.

The 1,000 human figures represent the American population.

The color of each figure signifies that figure’s wealth.

THE 900 RED FIGURES represent the poorest 90%.

THE 1 GREEN FIGURE at top represents the wealthiest 0.1%.

THE 99 YELLOW FIGURES represent the rest of the wealthiest 10%.

See also Basic Data Visualization of U.S. Wealth Inequality

Sources: 1 Saez Zucman paper , 2 Politifact