Asia will add 1.66 million U.S.-dollar-millionaires by 2015, taking the total number of wealthy to 2.82 million as the world's fastest-growing major economies of China and India continue to mint millionaires, a report from Julius Baer said on Wednesday.
The Swiss wealth manager forecast that the wealth of high net-worth individuals (HNIs), those with $1-million (U.S.) or more in investable assets, would nearly triple to $15.8-trillion in the five years to 2015.
China alone would be home to nearly half of the millionaires in Asia with combined wealth of $8.8-trillion. The world's most populous nation had 502,000 HNIs with investable assets totalling $2.6-trillion, the report said.
India would more than double the number of HNIs to 403,000 by 2015, while Indonesia would see the highest growth rate in the number of wealthy, up by a quarter to 99,000, the first such report from Julius Baer said.
The wealth manager forecast that China and India would collectively contribute 40 per cent to global growth for 2011 and 2012.
RANKS OF THE RICH BY 2015
Country / No of HNIs (1,000) / Wealth of HNIs (billions of U.S. dollars)
- China / 1378 / 8764
- India / 403 / 2465
- Indonesia / 99 / 487
- Philippines / 38 / 164
- Thailand / 128 / 609
- South Korea / 310 / 1074
- Malaysia / 68 / 329
- Taiwan / 136 / 593
- Hong Kong / 131 / 711
- Singapore / 129 / 616
- Total / 2820 / 15812