That's relative poverty, mind you. From "Crimes of Others Wrecked Enron, Ex-Chief Says:"

The years since the Enron collapse have transformed Mr. Lay. The changes in his financial status are stunning. At the beginning of 2001, Mr. Lay said, he had a net worth in excess of $400 million ­ almost all of it in Enron stock. Today, he says his worth is below $20 million, and his total available cash not earmarked for legal fees or repayment of debt is less than $1 million.

Stunning, yes. But not for the reason that reporter Kurt Eichenwald assumes. Like Lay, I also have less than one million dollars in available cash. However, I surmise that his amount is far greater than mine.