Tax reform-related bonuses won't 'move the needle' on the wealth gap, says billionaire Ray Dalio

  • The employee bonuses seen after the passage of the GOP's tax overhaul won't radically change the wealth gap in America, hedge fund giant Ray Dalio says.
  • "I don't think it's going to move the needle," he says.
Ray Dalio at the 2018 WEF in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 23rd, 2018.
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Ray Dalio at the 2018 WEF in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 23rd, 2018.

The bonuses and wage increases seen after the passage of the GOP's tax overhaul won't change the wealth gap in America, hedge fund giant Ray Dalio told CNBC on Tuesday.

Several major companies announced they would give employees one-time bonuses or higher wages as a result of the cut in corporate taxes.

The bonuses won't "move the needle" on the wealth gap, the founder and chairman of Bridgewater Associates told "Squawk Box" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The changes might result in "a one time 10 percent pass-through of that benefit in terms of trickling down to workers," Dalio added.

Dalio, whose hedge fund has about $160 billion assets under management, has previously spoken out about what he believes is a wealth conflict in the United States.

Last year, Dalio said less than 1 percent of the population has a net worth that is equal to the bottom 90 percent of the population combined. As a result, he argues, the U.S. has two different economies and the gap will only intensify over the next decade.

He said the middle class has suffered the most from soft income growth.

The middle class "has the only rising death rate the world," he said. "It has opioids and suicides. It has a number of issues that are there."

Dalio founded Bridgewater in 1975. It's the world's largest hedge fund. Dalio is now worth an estimated $17 billion, according to Forbes.

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