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    Wealth-X Billionaire Census 2015-2016

    The only comprehensive study of the global billionaire population, the 2015-2016 Billionaire Census provides unprecedented insight into the assets, lifestyle, motivations and social networks of the world's wealthiest individuals. This year's report details the life cycle of the average billionaire, from education and accumulation of wealth to philanthropy and transfer of wealth.

    Select highlights from The 2015-2016 Billionaire Census are available to download below. The full report, featuring an additional 60 pages of statistics, analysis, and regional focus is available exclusively to clients of Wealth-X. Please contact billionairecensus@wealthx.com for more information on the full report.

    Billionaires Around the World

    Number of
    billionaires in 2015:
    2,473
    Total wealth of
    billionaires in 2015:
    $7.7 trillion
    Billionaires Around the World

    Number of billionaires in 2015:

    2,473

    Total wealth of billionaires in 2015:

    $7.7 trillion

    Europe North America Asia Middle East Latin America & The Caribbean Africa Pacific
    32.6%
    of World's
    Billionaires
    Europe
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    806
    Billionaires
    Increase
    4.0%
    Coins Decrease
    1.9%
    US
    $2,330
    Billion
    25.4%
    of World's
    Billionaires
    North
    America
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    628
    Billionaires
    Increase
    3.1%
    Coins Increase
    8.0%
    US
    $2,561
    Billion
    26.1%
    of World's
    Billionaires
    Asia
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    645
    Billionaires
    Increase
    15.2%
    Coins Increase
    19.6%
    US
    $1,686
    Billion
    6.7%
    of World's
    Billionaires
    Middle
    East
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    166
    Billionaires
    Increase
    7.8%
    Coins Increase
    9.0%
    US
    $450
    Billion
    6.2%
    of World's
    Billionaires
    Latin
    America &
    the Caribbean
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    154
    Billionaires
    Increase
    0.7%
    Coins Decrease
    4.5%
    US
    $488
    Billion
    1.7%
    of World's
    Billionaires
    Africa
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    41
    Billionaires
    Increase
    2.5%
    Coins Decrease
    14.0%
    US
    $98
    Billion
    1.3%
    of World's
    Billionaires
    Pacific
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    33
    Billionaires
    Decrease
    2.9%
    Coins Decrease
    27.8%
    US
    $70
    Billion

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    Female Billionaires

    Male Billionaires

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    Billionaire Asset Allocation

    Private Holdings

    Public Holdings

    Real Estate & Luxury Assets

    Cash

    46.0%

    28.1%

    3.7%

    22.2%

    Billionaire Asset
    Allocation

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    Wealth Tier Distribution
    • US $50
      Billion+
      $323 US $ Billion
    • US $25-50
      Billion
      $870 US $ Billion
    • US $10-25
      Billion
      $1,340 US $ Billion
    • US $5-10
      Billion
      $1,250 US $ Billion
    • US $2-5
      Billion
      $2,280 US $ Billion
    • US $1-2
      Billion
      $1,620 US $ Billion
    Number of Billionaires
    Total Wealth

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    Source of Wealth

    56% 13% 31%
    Self-Made Inheritance Self-Made/
    Inheritance

    Self-Made

    1,372

    Billionaires

    US $4,340
    Billion

    Inheritance

    323

    Billionaires

    US $1,042
    Billion

    Self Made/
    Inheritance

    778

    Billionaires

    US $2,301
    Billion

    1. Self-Made
    2. Inheritance
    3. Self-Made/Inheritance

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