Mapping the world’s wealth

The number of ultra-wealthy individuals across the globe rose by 3% last year, despite continued economic turbulence and uncertainty in many countries.

This means that nearly 5,000 people joined the ranks of UHNWIs in 2013, taking the number of individuals with US$30m or more in net assets to over 167,000 worldwide, according to exclusive new data prepared for The Wealth Report.

The number of UHNWIs across the world has increased by 59% since 2003, more than doubling in the Middle East, Latin America, Australasia and Africa, while the number of centamillionaires – those with US$100m in net assets – has risen by 62%. The tally of billionaires has climbed by 80% to 1,682.

Since its inception in 2007, The Wealth Report has monitored changing trends in global wealth distribution.

This year we are delighted to have joined forces with leading wealth intelligence firm WealthInsight to provide data on more locations – over 90 countries and almost as many cities – than ever before.

To provide readers with as much insight as possible into wealth distribution trends – historic, current and future – we have provided wealth population data for 2003, 2012, 2013 and forecasts for 2023.

This data is broken down by numbers of UHNWIs (those with US$30m of assets excluding their main residence), numbers of centa-millionaires and, finally, numbers of billionaires.

All the numbers and detailed analysis are included in The Wealth Report 2014.

Global Wealth Trends

Wealth bracket

2003

2012

2013

2023 forecast

10-year growth

1-year growth

10-year forecast growth

UHNWIs

105,641

162,968

167,669

215,113

59%

3%

28%

Centa-millionaire

22,958

35,987

37,104

48,473

62%

35

31%

Billionaire

934

1,641

1,682

2,315

80%

2%

38%

Regional UHNWI Wealth Trends

World region

2003

2012

2013

2023 forecast

10-year growth

1-year growth

10-year forecast growth

Africa

813

1,844

1,868

2,858

130%

1%

53%

Asia

21,753

40,116

41,114

58,588

89%

2%

43%

Australasia

1,527

3,791

3,828

4,526

151%

1%

18%

Europe

42,007

58,549

60,504

73,396

44%

3%

21%

Latin America

3,934

9,635

9,677

13,711

146%

0%

42%

Middle East

3,258

6,891

7,052

9,498

116%

2%

35%

North America

32,349

42,142

43,626

52,536

35%

4%

20%

Download the report for full data at country and city level.

 

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