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Top 20 billionaire countries 2020

This statistic shows the 20 countries with the most billionaires in 2020. In 2020, Greater China topped the list with a billionaire population of 799.

Additional information on billionaires around the world

As the founder and exporter of consumer capitalism, it is no surprise that the United States is home to a large number of billionaires. However, the United States has lost their place as the country with the most billionaires in the world to China. This rise of billionaires in China has coincided with the liberalization of its economy and successive high growth rates.

However, North America still leads the way in terms of the highest number of ultra high net worth individuals – those with a net worth of more than fifty million U.S. dollars. The prominence of Europe and North America is a reflection of the higher degree of economic development in those states. However, this may also change with China being set to close the gap on the United States

Moreover, the small proportion of female billionaires does little to counter critics claiming the global economy is dominated by an elite comprised mainly of men. Neither the United States nor China could surpass South Korea with a mere twenty percent to break into the top 10 countries by percentage of female billionaires worldwide. Moreover, recent political discourse has put a great amount of attention on the wealth held by the super-rich with the wealth distribution of the global population being heavily unequal.

The 20 countries with the most billionaires in 2020

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February 2020



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Billionaire is referring to U.S. dollar billionaire.

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