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The American dream is alive and well

Keeping up with the Joneses is as American as apple pie. So some good news: The American dream is still alive. Regardless of age, gender, economic level or political affiliation, a majority of wealthy households that took part in CNBC's first-ever Millionaire Survey believe that hard work will still lead to upward mobility and success in the U.S.

If you peeked into the Joneses' windows, though, the people living the good life might surprise you.

For all of the similarity in this group—overwhelmingly white, married and educated—the survey, conducted in the spring of 2014 by SpectremGroup for CNBC, reveals there are some dramatic differences among households with more than $1 million of investable assets.

So here is a look at the millionaires of today in America—how they got where they are, the kind of life it allows them to lead, how they plan to protect what they have gained, what they believe to be true about the American system of capitalism and what poses a threat to wealth in the future.

—CNBC.com staff
Posted 6 May 2014

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