View all newsletters
Have the short, sharp Spear's newsletter delivered to your inbox each week
  1. Wealth
  2. Wealth Management
January 23, 2015updated 11 Jan 2016 2:23pm

US has highest number of ultra wealthy, report finds

By Spear's

A new report from WealthInsight shows that the UK’s UHNW population has now risen to 10,000 individuals.

This would place Britain behind only the US and Germany in terms of its level of ultra high net worths. The US was shown to have the highest number of UHNWs at 40,000 while Germany is ahead of the UK with 12,000 super high earners. Other countries with large UHNW populations are China, Switzerland and Canada.

The report defines ultra high net worths as ‘individuals with wealth of US$30 million or more’ excluding their primary residence.

These numbers come in the wake of Oxfam’s emotion-stirring report last Monday, which claimed the richest one per cent will own over half of the world’s wealth by 2016. This latest report will no doubt raise further concerns in the UK regarding the economic impact of widening inequality.

According to the study, the number of UK UHNWs is set to grow by two per cent to almost 12,000 by 2018. Emerging markets India and China are expected to see the highest UHNW growth overall during this period: 7.6 per cent and 6.2 per cent respectively.

While UHNWs account for just one per cent of those worth $1 million, they own 33 per cent of this group’s total wealth, according to the findings. Many private banks and wealth managements firms have revamped their business model to focus on UHNWs, who offer ‘large-scale profitability due to the potential size of their investments’.

‘It might be surprising but, to target the UHNWIs successfully, wealth managers and private bankers might have to act like the best generalist not just an investment advisor,’ said Dr Roselyn Lekdee, analyst at WealthInsight.

‘This means that they must be able to assist the UHNWIs in every possible way required, ranging from concierge services to providing investment advice. To put it simply, investment knowledge alone is not enough.’

Content from our partners
HSBC Global Private Banking: Revisiting your wealth plan as uncertainty abounds
Proposed non-dom changes put HNW global mobility in the spotlight
Meet the females leading in the FTSE

The number of aging UHNWs is set to decline over the next decade, as the rich transfer their wealth to the younger generation. This has led to far greater business opportunities in succession planning, according to the report.

The ultra wealthy in emerging markets such as Russia, China and South Africa tend to be youngest, while in developed markets such as the UK they are 45 plus, said the survey. The only country to buck this trend was Brazil, with less than 50 per cent of UHNWs under 64 years of age.

Select and enter your email address The short, sharp email newsletter from Spear’s
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

Websites in our network