Australians are the wealthiest people in the world

Australian’s seem to have lost their mojo! For much of the last few years we were an unhappy lot, then just confidence seemed to be returning earlier this year, it took a slump again.

So what does it take to make us happy?

Obviously it’s more than money – because we’re already the world’s richest people.

Now before you shoot me down, let me explain that I certainly realise that to be truly wealthy you need more than just money.  Of course I realise that money is important in those aspects of your life where it is important (like paying the bills and the school fees) and money is not important in those areas of our lives where it is not important.

But many of us are still worrying about getting more money so we don’t have to worry about money any more.

Back to the point I was starting to make – we’re already wealthy.

Yes, we’re already wealthy and this was confirmed in the Credit Suisse 2012 Global Wealth Report, which showed that Australians are now comfortably the richest population in the world with a median wealth per adult of US$194,000.

This is more than double that of second-placed Switzerland with US$87,000.

Interestingly the report states that Australians comprised some 1,571,000 people in the top 1% of the planet’s wealthiest persons

By the way…in order to be in the world’s top 1% you need a net wealth of US$710,000, and if you have net assets of over US$71,000, you are in the richest 10% of global wealth holders.

The global wealth pyramid


The fact that the proportion of Australians with wealth above US$100,000 is the highest of any country and eight times the world average, is mainly thanks to Australia being sparsely populated, our high levels of natural resources and our high real estate prices.


How many millionaires?

America still has the largest number of millionaires – more than 11million – three times higher than its nearest rival Japan and Australia boasts more than 905,000 millionaires.

Better yet… the report forecasts that the number of millionaires in Australia will jump to 1.6million over the next five years. That’s a staggering 82 percent increase! How many millionaires



What’s ahead?

The report suggests that total world household wealth is expected to increase by almost 50% in the next five years, with the United States retaining the top spot with wealth of US$89 trillion.

China is expected to add US$18 trillion to global wealth and overtake Japan as the second-wealthiest country in the world.

This bodes well for Australia – we just happen to be in the right spot at the right time.

As China transforms from an industrial economy into a consumer-driven society this will offer abundant opportunities for Australia.

Not only will China and other developing Asian countries require our resources, but we can supply them with health services, education, food, technology and if we play our cards right we can be the tourism playground for a new generation of middle class Chinese, just like we were for the Japanese in the 1980’s.

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Some interesting thoughts:

Amongst other things, our high level of wealth is due to the fact that around 70% of Australians own their own home.

Owning real assets is a powerful wealth creator and with our property markets moving on, as the report suggests, a whole new generation of property millionaires will be created over the new decade.

However, if history repeats itself, and it most likely will, most people who get involved in property investment will not become financially independent. may will buy the wrong property or at the wrong time or in the wrong location.

With so many mixed messages out there about what type of what makes a good property investment it’s hard to know who to listen to.

It’s hard to know who to trust.

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'Australians are the wealthiest people in the world' have 5 comments

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    June 5, 2013 farnaz afshar

    i totally agree, Australia is arguably the best country in the world. We have endless reasons to appreciate this stunning country. And thanks for the interesting stats, i can think of many people who will get a boost from the positive message.


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    May 31, 2013 Pierre Vidot

    We certainly have an overall good lifestyle & have a moral obligation to keep searching for improvement.
    Your blogs are certainly interesting & stimulating.


    • Michael Yardney

      May 31, 2013 Michael Yardney

      Thanks for the kind words. You are correct – we certainly do have an obligation tp keep growing and improving.

      I also believe we have an obligation to contribute and help others less fortunate


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    May 30, 2013 Mark Swinton

    Thanks for another great article Michael
    The reason I keep opening your emails is that you bring a good perspective to things.
    Yes we are very, very lucky but most don’t appreciate it.


    • Michael Yardney

      May 30, 2013 Michael Yardney

      Thanks for your comment Mark
      You’re right we are a lucky country and many don’t appreciate it.
      Often we don’t realise how good we have it because we know no different.
      I don’t want me kids to know or experience poverty, but I do want them to be aware of how lucky they are


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