Top 10 Countries with the Most Billionaires

The top 10 countries with the most billionaires in 2024 highlight the dynamic nature of global wealth and the influential roles these individuals play in their respective economies.

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The distribution of wealth around the globe is a topic of ongoing interest and debate. As economies continue to evolve and grow, so too does the number of billionaires residing in different countries. Keeping track of the shifting landscape of global wealth can provide valuable insights into economic trends and opportunities. In this blog, we will explore the top 10 countries with the most billionaires in 2024, shedding light on the concentration of wealth and power in different regions of the world.

Here are the top 10 countries with the most billionaires in 2024:

1. United States

Elon Musk
Elon Musk
  • Total billionaires: 813 (vs. 735 last year)
  • Total net worth: $5.7 trillion (vs. $4.5 trillion)
  • Richest person: Elon Musk, $195 billion

The United States maintains its leading position in the global billionaire rankings, boasting 813 billionaires, an increase from 735 in the previous year. The cumulative wealth of American billionaires has reached an unprecedented $5.7 trillion, up significantly from $4.5 trillion. This growth can be partly attributed to the emergence of 97 new billionaires, including notable individuals such as Taylor Swift, NBA legend Magic Johnson, and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. Furthermore, 14 out of the top 20 richest people globally are U.S. citizens, with eight among the world’s ten wealthiest also originating from the U.S., although it is noteworthy that the richest individual worldwide is French rather than American.

   

2. China

Zhong Shanshan
Zhong Shanshan
  • Total billionaires: 406 (vs. 495 last year)
  • Total net worth: $1.3 trillion (vs. $1.67 trillion)
  • Richest person: Zhong Shanshan, $62.3 billion

China continues to hold its status as the nation with the second-largest number of billionaires. However, there has been a reduction in their ranks from 495 to 406 individuals. Correspondingly, the cumulative net worth of these billionaires has decreased from $1.67 trillion to $1.3 trillion. This downturn can be predominantly attributed to a substantial decline in the property market and a stock market rout, which have significantly impacted the fortunes of China’s ultra-wealthy citizens.

3. India

Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Ambani
  • Total billionaires: 200 (vs. 169 last year)
  • Total net worth: $954 billion (vs. $675 billion)
  • Richest person: Mukesh Ambani, $116 billion

India has experienced a notable surge in its number of billionaires, achieving an unprecedented total of 200 billionaires, up from 169 the previous year. The aggregate net worth of these individuals has escalated to $954 billion, marking a substantial increase from $675 billion. This robust growth is driven by the addition of 25 new billionaires. Additionally, two prominent Indian figures, Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani, have secured positions among the top 20 richest individuals worldwide.

4. Germany

Klaus-Michael Kuehne
Klaus-Michael Kuehne
  • Total billionaires: 132 (vs. 126 last year)
  • Total net worth: $644 billion (vs. $585 billion)
  • Richest person: Klaus-Michael Kuehne, $39.2 billion

Germany remains a formidable hub for billionaires, witnessing an increase in their numbers from 126 to 132. The cumulative net worth of these German billionaires has ascended from $585 billion to $644 billion. Contributing to this wealth augmentation are the co-founders of Munich-based data processing unicorn Celonis, who represent notable new entrants.

5. Russia

Vagit Alekperov
Vagit Alekperov
  • Total billionaires: 120 (vs. 105 last year)
  • Total net worth: $537 billion (vs. $474 billion)
  • Richest person: Vagit Alekperov, $28.6 billion

Despite persistent geopolitical tensions and the imposition of sanctions, the number of billionaires in Russia has increased from 105 to 120 over the past year. Concurrently, their collective wealth has risen substantially, reaching $537 billion from a previous total of $474 billion. This notable growth signifies a marked recovery in Russian affluence following the 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

6. Italy

Giovanni Ferrero
Giovanni Ferrero
  • Total billionaires: 73 (vs. 64 last year)
  • Total net worth: $302 billion (vs. $216 billion)
  • Richest person: Giovanni Ferrero, $43.8 billion

Italy has experienced a significant uptick in its billionaire demographic, with the number rising from 64 to 73 individuals. Concurrently, the aggregate net worth of Italian billionaires has significantly escalated, reaching $302 billion compared to the previous $216 billion. Giovanni Ferrero retains his position as Italy’s wealthiest individual, boasting a net worth of $43.8 billion.

7. Brazil

Eduardo Saverin
Eduardo Saverin
  • Total billionaires: 69 (vs. 51 last year)
  • Total net worth: $231 billion (vs. $160 billion)
  • Richest person: Eduardo Saverin, $28 billion

Brazil has witnessed a notable increase in its billionaire population, expanding from 51 to 69 individuals. Concurrently, the collective net worth of Brazilian billionaires has risen substantially to $231 billion from $160 billion. Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook, continues to hold the position as the wealthiest individual in Brazil.

8. Canada

David Thomson & family
David Thomson & family
  • Total billionaires: 67 (vs. 63 last year)
  • Total net worth: $315 billion (vs. $245 billion)
  • Richest person: David Thomson & family, $67.8 billion

Canada has experienced an increase in its number of billionaires, with the count rising from 63 to 67 within the past year. The aggregate wealth of Canadian billionaires has expanded significantly, reaching $315 billion, up from $245 billion. David Thomson and his family maintain their position as the wealthiest individuals in Canada.

9. Hong Kong

Li Ka-shing
Li Ka-shing
  • Total billionaires: 67 (vs. 66 last year)
  • Total net worth: $330 billion (vs. $350 billion)
  • Richest person: Li Ka-shing, $37.3 billion

Hong Kong continues to be a major center for billionaires, witnessing a modest increase from 66 to 67 individuals. Despite this rise in numbers, the cumulative net worth of these billionaires has decreased from $350 billion to $330 billion. Li Ka-shing retains his position as the wealthiest individual in Hong Kong, boasting a net worth of $37.3 billion.

10. United Kingdom

Michael Platt
Michael Platt
  • Total billionaires: 55 (vs. 52 last year)
  • Total net worth: $225 billion (vs. $202 billion)
  • Richest person: Michael Platt, $18 billion

The United Kingdom secures the tenth position, boasting a total of 55 billionaires, an increase from 52 in the previous year. The collective net worth of these individuals has risen to $225 billion, up from $202 billion. Leading this illustrious group is Michael Platt, whose personal net worth stands at an impressive $18 billion, making him the wealthiest individual in the UK.

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