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»Die weltweiten Milliardäre verzeichnen den bislang größten jährlichen Reichtumszuwachs«

Bericht von PricewaterhouseCoopers und UBS, 26.10.2018 (engl. Originalfassung)

A new group of self-made entrepreneurs is leading billionaire wealth to fresh highs. As the value of billionaires’ assets grew by USD 1.4 trillion to USD 8.9 trillion in 2017, the greatest annual increase ever, just 332 new billionaires accounted for more than a third (38%) of the increase. Notably, 199 of them were self-made entrepreneurs, of whom 89 were from China.

Growing by almost a fifth (19% compared to 18% the year before), 2017’s increase was substantially higher than the average 9% for the past five years. Nonetheless, billionaire wealth underperformed the world’s equity markets – the MSCI AC World Index2 rose by a quarter (25%). In a year when the index’s top ten stocks dominated its performance, billionaires were bound to underperform. However, it is interesting to note that six of the top ten performers were technology stocks founded by entrepreneurs who subsequently became billionaires.

Within Asia, the type of billionaire varies enormously. There are 814 billionaires across a region that includes China, the developed economies of Japan and Australia, and emerging markets such as India and Indonesia. While almost all of China’s billionaires are self-made, just 60% of those in the rest of APAC are. Some 177 Asian billionaires were minted during the year – over three a week (although the net growth a er dropouts was 103). The 14% growth rate was twice Europe’s (7%), and three times the rate in the Americas (5%). More than half, or 58%, of new billionaires worldwide came from APAC. Fueled by China’s rise, APAC billionaires’ net worth grew by almost a third, or 32%, to UDS 2.7 trillion in 2017. At this rate, they will be wealthier than their American peers in less than three years.

After China, India and Indonesia have similarly fertile conditions for wealth creation. Huge populations – India’s is 1.3 billion and Indonesia’s 261 million – that are urbanizing fast offer the scale for innovative businesses to disrupt inefficient service industries in sectors such as retail and finance. 

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