Here were professionals who deal daily with money, yet know next to nothing about other people’s incomes. When asked to relate themselves to the rest of the population, these high-earners utterly misjudged the magnitude of their privilege. How much, we asked our group, would it take to put someone in the top 10% of earners? They put the figure at Â£162,000. In fact, in 2007 it was around Â£39,825, the point at which the top tax band began. Our group found it hard to believe that nine-tenths of the UK’s 32m taxpayers earned less than that. As for the poverty threshold, our lawyers and bankers fixed it at Â£22,000. But that sum was just under median earnings, which meant they regarded ordinary wages as poverty pay … The worse off give proportionately more of their income. The top fifth of households give less than 1% of their total income, while the poorest 10th give three times as much, or 3% of their income.