The top 15 countries with the most billionaires, ranked
- Fifteen countries account for 75% of the world's billionaire population and 79% of the world's billionaire wealth, according to Wealth-X's 2019 Billionaire Census report.
- The US dominates, with 705 billionaires who have a collective wealth of more than $3 trillion.
- All the top Asia-Pacific countries saw a decrease in billionaire population while major European countries saw variations in billionaire growth.
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Fifteen countries dominate in billionaire population and wealth, according to Wealth-X's 2019 Billionaire Census report. The report analyzed data from Wealth-X's global database of more than one million records of the world's richest people.
Three-fourths of the world's billionaire population lives in the 15 countries listed below. Collectively, the 1,942 billionaires in these countries are worth $6.8 trillion - that accounts for 79% of total global billionaire wealth in 2018.When it comes to billionaire population, the United States dominates with 27% of the world's billionaires. Its total billionaire count rose from 2017 to 2018 by 4% to 705 billionaires. Meanwhile, total billionaire wealth worldwide decreased by 5% to slightly more than $3 trillion.
All the top Asia-Pacific countries - China, Hong Kong, India, and Singapore - saw a decrease in billionaires and billionaire wealth due to a decline in equity markets, according to the report. Meanwhile, major European countries saw both decreases and increases in billionaires, depending on economic factors.
Note that Hong Kong and Singapore also made Wealth-X's list of the top 15 cities with the most billionaires - Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous, special administrative region of China, and Singapore is an island city-state off southern Malaysia.
Take a look at which countries worldwide have the most billionaires, ranked in ascending order.