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  • Updated: Oct 13, 2015 23:29 IST
Wealth measured in domestic terms has grown rapidly in India since 2000 except during global financial crisis. (Illustration: Jayanto)

India has 2,080 ultra high net worth individuals with wealth of over 50 million dollar, and the number of dollar millionaires in the country is projected to touch 3,05,000 in the next five years, says Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report.

Wealth measured in domestic terms has grown rapidly in India since 2000 except during global financial crisis, the report said.

“India now has 2,083 ultra-high-net-worth individuals with more than 50 million dollar net wealth, 3% higher than 2014. It has 2,54,000 members of the top 1% of global wealth holders,” Credit Suisse said, adding “we estimate that 2,080 adults have wealth over 50 million dollar and 940 people own more than 100 million dollar.”

Moreover, at the top of the wealth pyramid, the number of dollar millionaires in India is projected to rise by 65% in the next five years to reach 3,05,000 in 2020, compared to the current 1,85,000.

The report, however, noted that while wealth has been rising strongly in India and the ranks of the middle class and wealthy have been swelling, not everyone has shared this growth and there is still a great deal of poverty.

“This is reflected in the fact that 95% of the adult population has wealth below 10,000 dollar. At the other end of the scale, a very small proportion of the population (just 0.3%) has a net worth over 100,000 dollar,” it said.

However, due to India’s large population, this 0.3% of population translates into a whopping 2.4 million people. Meanwhile, only 3% of India’s adult population falls into the middle class wealth band, but its middle class wealth has grown by 150% since 2000 to 780 billion dollar, representing 23% of the country’s wealth.

Globally, the United States records the highest wealth gain of 4.6 trillion dollar, China a significant 1.5 trillion and the United Kingdom a more modest 360 billion dollar.

The United States (85.9 trillion), China (22.8 trillion) and Japan (19.8 trillion dollar) are the three countries with the largest wealth holdings globally. Meanwhile, as in many other developing countries, personal wealth in India is dominated by property and other real assets, which make up 86% of household assets.

India’s total household wealth at current dollar terms fell by 1% from mid-2014 to mid-2015 to 3.4 trillion dollar; while at domestic currency terms, it rose by 4.8%, the report said.

On a wealth-per-adult basis, Switzerland remains the richest nation in the world with $567,100 in 2015, followed by New Zealand ($400,800) and Australia ($364,900).

According to the report, there are 123,800 ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals worldwide, defined as those with a net worth exceeding 50 million dollar.

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