I've never liked the term "net worth"; it seems to imply that a wealthier person is more valuable or important. Are there alternative words or phrases which do not have this problem?

Bill Gates's [word or phrase] is $114 billion.

  • Fortune, perhaps?
    – m.a.a.
    Nov 21, 2022 at 0:09
  • The core problem is attributing the net worth of Gates the human as a stand in for Gates's assets. His net worth is actually his assets' & liabilities' net worth. Nov 21, 2022 at 0:46
  • The problem with using another term is that the reader will wonder what you’re trying to say if you avoid the commonly used and understood term.
    – Xanne
    Nov 21, 2022 at 6:18
  • Related: How is the worth of a person an amount of money?.
    – jsw29
    Nov 21, 2022 at 15:56

3 Answers 3


Simplicity is best.

Bill Gates has $114B.

  • While it does indeed make sense, your answer is a comment at best. Sans any supporting details, which authenticate an answer, it'd best be relegated to a comment.
    – user405662
    Nov 21, 2022 at 8:17
  • What sort of details are you expecting? Nov 21, 2022 at 13:10
  • I mean fleshing out your answer, Sir.
    – user405662
    Nov 21, 2022 at 13:14
  • What extra information would you like? Nov 21, 2022 at 14:19
  • 1
    I don't think this answer needs anything else. It's short, but it's still a good answer; there's not really anything else to add.
    – Someone
    Nov 21, 2022 at 18:00


Definition & Legal Meaning (thelawdictionary)

This term applies to the net value of a person’s assets and property after his liabilities and debts have been taken away.

There is no defined term for FINANCIAL WORTH before liabilities and debts have been taken away.


When we weigh assets against liabilities, the result is a "balance":

4a accounting : an amount in excess especially on the credit side of an account

You could therefore write:

The net balance of Bill Gates's accounts is $114 billion.1

If it was clear that you were talking about Gates's financial portfolio, then the term could work in your sentence with no modifications:

Bill Gates's net balance is $114 billion.

1I've retained the word "net" from your question even though it's probably redundant here.

  • I don't think this is commonly used of people. It's also often used for corporate income/expenditure or (with countries) balance of payments.
    – Stuart F
    Nov 28, 2022 at 9:53
  • @StuartF I agree; that's why I recommend saying "of Bill Gates's accounts". Accounts can have balances. Nov 28, 2022 at 18:32

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