Asia’s millionaires will outpace the Americans in number and wealth

In a report by Capgemini Financial Services and RBC Wealth Management, the number of millionaires in Asia is expected to surpass that in North America by this year. By 2015, the wealth that these Asian millionaires hold will also overtake that of their North American counterparts as predicted in the same report.

In terms of investable wealth, Asians hold US$14.2 trillion, and North Americans US$14.9 trillion. Together, they make up just over half of the world’s US$52.6 trillion of HNWI wealth.

But Asia is growing at a faster pace. That is one of the key takeaways from the 2014 World Wealth Report, said Claire Sauvanaud, vice-president and senior account executive for Capgemini Asia Pacific.

The two regions are already about neck and neck in the number of such high net worth individuals (HNWIs): Asia-Pacific has 4.32 million of them and North America 4.33 million. Together, they account for almost two thirds of the 13.7 million HNWIs in the world.

In 2013, the numbers of the world’s wealthy grew the most in the US and Japan. The US remains the country with the most number of HNWIs (4M) in the world, while Japan is second (2.3M). SIngapore’s HNWI population grew 4.5% to reach 105K people.

Wealth is concentrated at the very top. Among the 13.7M HWNIs, a mear 0.9% have $30M or more. This group holds a third of the HNWI wealth. The wealthy seek to make an impact to their societies primarily via health, education and children’s causes.

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