Global UHNWI population to grow by 27% in the next five years says Knight Frank

According to Knight Frank’s Wealth Report 2020, the number of ultra-wealthy people (US$30m+)* around the world is predicted to grow by 27% in the next five years to 2024, taking the population to just under 650,000. 

Out of the top 20 fastest growing countries presented in the report, six are located in Asia – led by India (73% growth), five are in Europe – led by Sweden (47% growth) – and three are in Africa, led by Egypt (66% growth). The UK sits in 11th position with predicted growth of 31% over the next five years. 

Liam Bailey, global head of research at Knight Frank said: “Knight Frank predicts that by 2024, Asia will be the world’s second largest wealth hub outperforming Europe, with a forecast five-year growth of 44%. However, even after such a steep rise, it will remain half the size of North America’s UHNWI population, which is predicted to increase by 22% over the same period.

The data, compiled for the first time by Knight Frank shows that over 31,000 additional UHNWIs were created globally in 2019, an increase of 6.4%. North America dominates with more than double the UHNWI population of Europe – home to an additional 13,911 in 2019 compared to 4,682 in Europe. However, the number of UHNWIs created in Asia over the last year significantly outpaced that in Europe with an extra 11,788 UHNWIs created in the Asia region. 

Liam Bailey continued: “It’s exciting to see how wealth is developing across Asia and, with the number of ultra-wealthy in India, Vietnam, China and Malaysia outpacing many other markets over the next five years, it will be interesting to see how this impacts the global property market. With property accounting for a large proportion of total UHNWI wealth – almost a third, according to the Knight Frank Attitudes Survey – it will be fascinating to see where in the world the wealthy invest and into which asset classes.”     

Top 10 Countries with highest forecast growth in UHNWI populations to 2024
New Zealand37%
Top 10 Countries with highest number of UHNWIs 2019
CountryTotal Number of UHNWIs 
United States                                                      240,575 
China                                                        61,587 
Germany                                                        23,078 
France                                                        18,776 
Japan                                                        17,013 
United Kingdom                                                        14,367 
Italy                                                        10,701 
Canada                                                          9,325 
Russia                                                          8,924 
Switzerland                                                          8,395 

*Knight Frank has invested in the creation of its own proprietary wealth-sizing model. For the first time, the firm can estimate the growth of wealth populations in over 200 countries globally in any wealth bracket. When talking about net wealth, Knight Frank now includes primary residences and second homes, as this gives a more accurate representation of total wealth. 

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