Actually this isn't really correct. There are many people who obtained wealth through their own efforts and it had nothing to do with luck or connections. The inherited wealth you speak of are very few even if the inheritance is very great, I mean those who literally would never have to work for the rest of their lives because their money works for them. If my parents leave me $100,000 on their death bed and I go out and do something productive with the money to make more money its a matter of skill and wisdom and work not anything else, in this scenario I still work for my money my money doesn't work for me. There is no such thing as a complete equal playing field unless you have some notion of carrying out your own cultural revolution where you place those on top in the fields to work and then give power to the peasants...oh wait that's not an equal playing field at all its just penalizing those that have simply because you don't have. That didn't work out too well anyway.