That’s rich. 56.1 million millionaires…and counting

by Rashmee

Posted on July 4, 2021

Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash


“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life”
– Jack Kerouac

The new Credit Suisse Global Wealth report contains some quite remarkable data. That the world has quite a few millionaires — 56.1 million exactly. That three countries – the US, China and Japan –  have more than half of all the world’s millionaires. And that total global wealth grew by 7.4 per cent last year, despite the pandemic (or perhaps partly because of it).

That’s all very interesting but more remarkable by far are the following takeaways:

** Despite China’s hefty share – 9.4 per cent – of the planet’s millionaires, its enormous population means these wealthy people remain a relatively rare sighting.

** The wealthy grew richer during the pandemic because both share prices and house prices soared.

** And inequality is rising even though there are more millionaires than ever before everywhere.

Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK

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