The economic gap between the rich and the poor in most South American countries is larger than in most of the other continents.
Here are the five richest countries in South America as of 2015, ranked by GDP per capita:
Venezuelan economy is largely based on the petroleum and manufacturing sectors. More than 50 percent of the nation’s revenue comes from petroleum exports. It is one of the leading exporters of oil. More than 60 percent of Venezuela’s international reserves are in gold, around eight times more than the average for the region.