While it is true that in any pyramid scheme, those at the top stand to profit more, it is not a foregone conclusion that a sponsor makes more than his sponsee. In fact, as long as you sponsor more people than your sponsor, it is possible for you to earn more than he does in a pyramid scheme. To show that this is true, let's consider the oldest pyramid scheme, the classic chain letter. In this scheme, an individual will send out a list to 5 people. The list will have 5 names on it (his own name and 4 aliases). The instructions will inform the recipient to send 5 dollars to each of the 5 names on the list, add his name to the bottom of the list, and scratch the top name from the list. He is then to send the new list to 5 people and ask them to do the same. This is what such a pyramid will look like after 2 generations of sponsorship:
So, now for the left-most "lazy" member of the 1st generation, the maximum he can profit is $3880 (-$25 + 1x$5 + 5x$5 + 25x$5 + 125x$5 + 625x$5). However, his ambitious recruit can earn the full $19500 given that he sponsors 5 subsequent generations. So, we see, just as in Amway, breadth is more important than depth. More importantly, we see that this claim, like so many by Amway zealots is just plain false. In just about any commonly encountered pyramid scheme, it is possible for a recruit to make more than his upline, so long as he sponsors more recruits. This simple chain-letter example just proves the Ambot claim false.