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Worldwide wealth distribution by net worth of individuals 2019

In 2019, roughly 2.77 adults worldwide had a net worth of less than 10,000 U.S. dollars. By comparison, 51.9 million adults had a net worth of more than one million U.S. dollars in the same year.

Wealth distribution

The distribution of wealth is an indicator of economic inequality. The United Nations says that wealth includes the sum of natural, human, and physical assets. Wealth is not synonymous with income, however, because having a large income can be depleted if one has significant expenses. In 2019, 1,482 billionaires had a total wealth between one to two billion U.S. dollars. The rise of wealth across the world has had an impact on the lower income populations, since economic mobility has therefore become harder to achieve.

Wealth worldwide

China had the most billionaires in 2020, with the United States following closely behind. In that same year, within China and the world, Beijing was the city with the most billionaires. In 2018, North America was the region with the most amount of wealth, and in the United States, New York was the state with the greatest number of billionaires.

Global wealth distribution in 2019, by net worth of individuals

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October 2020



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Supplementary notes

The term net worth measures all assets, including homes.

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