According to the AfrAsia Bank Global Wealth Migration Review, the US is the wealthiest country in the world with a total wealth of $62,584 billion, followed by China ($24,803 billion) at the second place and Japan ($19,522 billion) at the third place.
Total wealth refers to the private wealth held by all the individuals living in each country. It includes all their assets (property, cash, equities, business interests) less any liabilities. We exclude government funds from our figures. Larger countries have an advantage due to higher populations.
Other countries in the top 10 wealthiest list includes the UK ($9,919 billion), Germany ($9,660 billion), India ($8,230 billion), Australia ($6,142 billion), Canada ($6,393 billion), France ($6,649 billion) and Italy ($4,276 billion).
Factors that will help in wealth creation in India include, large number of entrepreneurs, good educational system, robust outlook for IT, business process outsourcing, real estate, healthcare and media sectors which will result in a 200 per cent rise 10-year wealth growth forecast, according to the report.
In the coming decade, China is expected to witness a significant rise in total wealth to $69,449 billion by 2027, while wealth of the US would be around $75,101 billion.
Globally, the total private wealth held worldwide amounts to around $215 trillion and there are around 15.2 million HNWIs in the world, each with net assets of $1 million or more.
There are about 584,000 multi-millionaires in the world, each with net assets of $10 million or more and 2,252 billionaires in the world, each with net assets of $1 billion or more, the report added.
Over the next 10 years, Australia is expected to overtake Canada and gain significant ground on Germany and the UK. While, India will overtake Germany and the UK to become the 4th largest wealth market worldwide by 2027.
Global wealth is expected to rise by 50 per cent over the next decade, reaching $321 trillion by 2027. The fastest growing wealth markets are expected to be Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, China, Mauritius, the report said.