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To put this another way: I'd have to take the middle income earner and replicate him 40 times to make them equivalent to the executive's economic productivity. That is insane. If I separated the one executive from the 40 middle income earners and said "build me a business" and asked you to make a bet on which group would be more successful, you'd have to be completely delusional to pick the executive. 

--Call me delusional.   I would take one exceptional individual over 40 average ones to start a business in a heartbeat.  Sure, it's possible that the executive is an average person that lucked into his situation, but I'd say the odds are low.  If there was an entrepeneur in the group of 40 average-earners, I would think tha they would have done it already.  More likely is that with the executive, I'd be looking at a person who has an understanding of leadership, budgets and basic market economics.   Give me that guy to start a business every time.   

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