Australia is punching above its weight with Ultra High Net Worth Individuals


Despite the global hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s ultra-high net worth (UHNW) population increased by 2.4% in 2020, reaching an all-time high of 521,653.

In the following chart Visual Capitalist used data from The Wealth Report 2021 by Knight Frank to list the 20 countries with the most UHNW individuals.

And as you can see, Australia has experienced a 57% growth in UHNW individuals since 2015

Ultra High Net Worth Countries

What is Considered Ultra High Net Worth?

To be considered a UHNW individual, one must have a net worth of at least $30 million.

Net worth is a measure of someone’s current financial position and is calculated as the value of their assets minus their liabilities. The following table lists examples of each:

Assets Liabilities
  • Primary residence
  • Investment portfolio (stocks, bonds, etc.)
  • Cars, boats, and other physical assets
  • Mortgages
  • Credit card balances
  • Loans

In short, assets are anything that can be sold for money, while liabilities are any debts or financial obligations that one may have.

The Top 20 Countries

Out of the 521,653 UHNW individuals in the world, 414,308 were located in the countries below. This means that almost 80% of the world’s UHNW individuals live in just 20 countries.

Rank Country Number of Ultra-Wealthy Growth Since 2015
#1 🇺🇸 U.S. 180,060 16%
#2 🇨🇳 China (Mainland) 70,426 137%
#3 🇩🇪 Germany 28,396 43%
#4 🇬🇧 UK 16,370 -8%
#5 🇫🇷 France 15,503 22%
#6 🇯🇵 Japan 14,755 36%
#7 🇮🇹 Italy 10,441 -4%
#8 🇨🇦 Canada 10,025 27%
#9 🇷🇺 Russia 8,015 19%
#10 🇨🇭 Switzerland 7,553 12%
#11 🇰🇷 South Korea 7,354 16%
#12 🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia 7,020 227%
#13 🇮🇳 India 6,884 27%
#14 🇪🇸 Spain 5,938 9%
#15 🇸🇪 Sweden 5,243 27%
#16 🇧🇷 Brazil 5,140 -9%
#17 🇭🇰 Hong Kong SAR 5,042 48%
#18 🇸🇬 Singapore 3,732 37%
#19 🇲🇽 Mexico 3,287 -4%
#20 🇦🇺 Australia 3,124 57%

With just over 180,000 UHNW individuals within its borders, the U.S. continues to be the long-standing leader in this metric.

Its five-year growth rate of 16%, however, falls far behind the Chinese Mainland’s impressive 137%.

Whether China can overtake the U.S. as the leader in UHNW population remains to be seen, but momentum appears to be in the Asian nation’s favor.

And considering our relative population size, Australia is punching well above its weight with our share of UHNW individuals.


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Robert Chandra is a Property Strategist at Metropole and has an intrinsic understanding of property markets backed by many years of real estate experience. This coupled with several degrees gives him a holistic perspective with which he can diagnose clients’ circumstances and goals and formulate strategies to bridge the gap.

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