US Still Maintains Most Billionaires

Written by Bryce
The United States maintains its position as the world’s top billionaire country with a population of 571 billionaires in 2014, followed by China (190) and the United Kingdom (130).
The Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014 shows that Europe, with 775 billionaires, is the region with the most billionaires and billionaire wealth (US$2.37 trillion). North America – the region with the most billionaire wealth in 2013 – was overtaken by Europe in terms of billionaire wealth in this year’s census. The United States is still standing strong as the nation with the most billionaires, however.
According to to the census:
  • Europe is home to more than a third of the world’s billionaire population.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean is the region that saw the most significant growth in terms of the size of its billionaire population (37.8%) in 2014, but Asia saw the fastest growth in billionaire wealth (18.7%).
  • The billionaire population in the Middle East shrank by 1.9%, but total billionaire wealth in the region rose by 16.7%.
  • The size of Africa’s billionaire population decreased by 4.8%, but the region’s billionaire wealth increased by 12.9%.
  • There was no change in the billionaire population in the Pacific (34 billionaires), but the region’s total billionaire wealth dropped by 2%.
  • Nearly 35% of the world’s billionaires are concentrated in 20 cities. Billionaires are transnational. They move from city to city, rather than from country to country.
  • Only 5% of the world’s billionaires are worth more than US$10 billion.
  • The average billionaire‘s wealth rose by 4.4% this year to just over US$3.1 billion.
  • The average age of the typical billionaire is 63, one year older than it was in 2013.
  • There are 2,039 male billionaires in 2014, accounting for 87.7% of the world’s total billionaire wealth of US$7.3 trillion.
  • There are 286 female billionaires in 2014, accounting for a 12.3% share of global billionaire wealth.

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Bryce Gruber is a Manhattanite mom who can be found jet-setting off to every corner of the globe. She loves exotic places, planes with WiFi, summer clothes, & Sucre brown butter truffles. Bryce's aim is to do to luxury what Elton John did to being gay. Follow her on twitter @brycegruber

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