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8 Facts: Where the Billionaires Are

Nearly 25% of the world’s billionaires hail from a single country.

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Takeaways


  • Nearly 25% of the world's billionaires hail from a single country.
  • The United States has more billionaires than the next four countries combined.
  • Between 2013 and 2014, the number of Chinese billionaires increased by 20%.

1. Just six countries — United States, China, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and India — account for more than half (1,228) of the world’s 2,325 billionaires.

2. The United States alone (571) is home to almost a quarter of the world’s billionaires.

3. The United States has more billionaires than the next four countries combined — China (190), Britain (130), Germany (123) and Russia (114).

4. Sixth-ranked India had an even 100 billionaires in 2014.

5. Between 2013 and 2014, the number of Chinese billionaires increased by 20%.

6. That was almost twice the 11% increase in the number of U.S. billionaires.

7. Britain, Germany and India had slight decreases.

 
8. While the number of Russian billionaires increased from 108 to 114, their number — given the sharp decrease in the value of the ruble and the falling global price of oil — will quite likely fall in 2015.

Source: Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014, with additional analysis by The Globalist Research Center

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