An astonishing rise
Worldwide we estimate that there are 128,200 UHNW individuals, defined as those whose net worth exceeds USD 50 million. Of these, 45,200 are worth at least USD 100 million and 4,300 have assets above USD 500 million. North America dominates the regional rankings, with 65,500 UHNW residents (51%), while Europe has 31,400 (24.5%), and 16,600 (13%) live in Asia-Pacific countries, excluding China and India.
Among individual countries, the United States leads by a huge margin with 62,800 UHNW adults, equivalent to 49% of the group total (see Figure 5). This represents an increase of 9,500 compared to mid-2013, an astonishing rise for a single year – more than the total number of UHNW residents in China, which occupies second place with 7,600 residents (6% of the global total). The United Kingdom gained the second largest number of UHNW individuals (up 1,300 to 4,700) consolidating fourth place, behind Germany (5,500), but ahead of France (4,100). Taiwan (2,000) and Korea (1,900) each added about 550, while Brazil (1,900), Canada (2600) and Hong Kong (1,500) gained 200 apiece. The numbers for Russia (2,800) and India (1,800) were almost unchanged.