She spoke at a conference in Boston on Oct. 17th and provided a number of remarkable statistics, including these:
The distribution of wealth is even more unequal than that of income, and the SCF shows that wealth inequality has increased more than income inequality since 1989. As shown in figure 3, the wealthiest 5 percent of American households held 54 percent of all wealth reported in the 1989 survey. Their share rose to 61 percent in 2010 and reached 63 percent in 2013. By contrast, the rest of those in the top half of the wealth distribution--families that in 2013 had a net worth between $81,000 and $1.9 million--held 43 percent of wealth in 1989 and only 36 percent in 2013.You can find the entire 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances here.
The lower half of households by wealth held just 3 percent of wealth in 1989 and only 1 percent in 2013.