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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 to the next generation.

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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