The One Percent is a 2006 documentary about the growing wealth gap between America's wealthy elite and the citizenry on the whole. It was created by Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, and produced by Jamie Johnson and Nick Kurzon. The film's title refers to the top one percent of Americans in terms of wealth, who control forty percent or more of the nation's wealth.
The film premiered on April 29, 2006, at the Tribeca Film Festival. It is reported to have been purchased by HBO, with a planned air date in early 2008.
A revised version of the film, substantially re-edited and incorporating footage shot since the 2006 festival screening, premiered on Thursday, February 21 at 6:30pm ET/PT on Cinemax.
New York Post's Page Six that Warren Buffett had written a letter to Nicole Lisi Buffett, his son Peter's ex-wife's daughter from another marriage, in response to her participation in the film. Distancing himself from her, he wrote "I have not emotionally or legally adopted you as a grandchild, nor have the rest of my family adopted you as a niece or a cousin."
The film is 80 minutes long and features sometimes-humorous interviews with a wide range of interviewees:
- Nicole Buffett, Warren Buffett's son's adopted daughter from a previous marriage, whom he denies "legal and emotional" links to.
- Chuck Collins, estate tax proponent, author, and heir to the Oscar Meyer fortune
- Steve Forbes Jr., son of Malcolm Forbes, former presidential candidate, and proponent of a flat tax
- Milton Friedman, 1976 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics
- Bill Gates Sr., father of Bill Gates and opponent of an estate tax repeal
- Adnan Khashoggi, international arms merchant
- Roy Martin
- Karl Muth, investment banking heir
- Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko's
- Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor
- Greg Schell
- The One Percent was mentioned on the Oprah show entitled "Class In America" first aired on April 21, 2006.
The One Percent Documentary