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Knight Frank launches The Wealth Report 2015

12 March 2015

Knight Frank launches The Wealth Report 2015

·       Asia sees highest growth rate in super-rich populations in 2014;

·       Asia’s UHNWI population to overtake that of North America in the next 10 years;

·       Concentration of wealth remains in Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, London and Mumbai over the next decade

 

12 March 2015, Malaysia – Knight Frank, the independent global property consultancy, today launches the ninth edition of The Wealth Report 2015. The report tracks the growing super-rich population in 108 cities across 97 countries.

 

In 2014, around 15 people a day joined the ranks of the ultra-wealthy, or those with a net worth of over US$30m. This growth is set to continue in the coming decade, with the global population of ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) forecast to climb by 34% to a total of almost 231,000.

Around the world in 2014, Asia saw the largest rise in its wealth population compared to other regions across all wealth brackets:

Wealth bracket

Percentage change

(2013 – 2014)

Population 2014

Population 2024

HNWI

3.3%

5,094,277

7,373,427

UHNWI

3.5%

42,272

62,399

Centa-millionaire

4.0%

9,094

14,263

Billionaire

4.2%

492

834

Most notably on a regional level in 2014, Asia overtook North America as the region with the second-largest increase in UHNWIs – some 1,419 people moved past the $30m+ mark in Asia in 2014, after an increase of fewer than 1,000 in 2013. Standing strong, Europe held onto the top spot with the most new entrants of 1,834 people joining the UHNWI bracket over 2014.

 

The ultra-wealthy in Asia now also hold more in total wealth with net assets of $5.9tn – 7% more than those in North America with $5.5tn. However, with a $6.4tn treasure chest, European UHNWIs still control the most wealth.  Come 2024, Asia will overtake North America in UHNWI population by 11%.

 

Mr Liam Bailey, Global Head of Research at Knight Frank, says, “The most rapid growth in wealth will be seen in the likes of Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Mumbai, and Delhi.  One fifth of the 100 global cities assessed in The Wealth Report are expected to see greater than 100% growth over the next decade, all of which are in Asia or Africa.

 

“The geographic concentration of wealth remains a key trend – with 10% of all additional growth in UHNWIs taking place in just five cities – Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, London and Mumbai over the next decade.” 

Cities with greatest forecast 10-year UHNWI growth (2014-2024)

Ranking

City

Extra UHNWIs

Ranking

City

Extra UHNWIs

1

Singapore

1,752

6

Beijing

848

2

Hong Kong

1,251

7

Shanghai

687

3

New York

1,013

8

São Paulo

621

4

London

907

9

Hangzhou

616

5

Mumbai

871

10

Jakarta

538

 Five-year prime residential price growth (Q4 2009 to Q4 2014)

Mr Nicholas Holt, Head of Research for Asia Pacific, says, “The rise of Asia and its subsequent impact on prime property within the region and beyond has been one of the key narratives highlighted in The Wealth Report. This growth in wealth is certainly impacting prime residential markets across Asia and Australasia, with the region’s key cities and second home destinations seeing strong price growth over the last five years. This is despite interventions by policy makers in a number of markets, designed to slow price growth and curb foreign ownership.

Over the past nine years, the hunger for knowledge has only increased, especially from our clients here in Asia Pacific, where UHNW property investors are becoming increasingly confident and are looking to diversify their property portfolios by exploring new asset classes and locations.”

Mr Sarkunan Subramaniam, Managing Director at Knight Frank Malaysia, says, "As the Ringgit slides, more Malaysian HNWIs will hedge to maintain their wealth by investing overseas. The current economic climate will further see Malaysian capital moving towards safe havens such as London, New York and Melbourne. We are also noticing Malaysians taking bigger interest in US real estate compared to a few years ago."

Ms Eunice Chan, Head of HNW & Affluent Banking, Community Financial Services, Maybank says, "Since the launch of the Maybank Overseas Mortgage Loan scheme in 2011 and the Foreign Currency Offshore Property Financing-i for properties in the United Kingdom in 2014, Maybank has seen tremendous growth in overseas loan applications. We have recorded around 600 million worth of related mortgage financing mainly for properties purchased in London, the most popular destination for the HNWI. Despite the moderation of growth in Asia, the demand by HNWIs for prime property overseas remains resilient, and is one of the key investment avenues for this segment."  

Mr Alvin Lee, Head of Regional Private Wealth, Maybank, says, “The Bank is committed to supporting the demand for prime property among wealthy individuals in Malaysia and in the Asian region.”

We have seen an impressive growth in the number of customers in HNW and affluent banking which had increased by 10.4% in 2014 compared with 2013. We are expecting our HNW base to grow by a further 12% this year with Total Financial Assets of RM12 billion. This is in line with the growing number of Asia’s super-rich population which recorded US$5.9 trillion in net assets in 2014. With a presence in all 10 ASEAN countries, Maybank has the capability and infrastructure in place to service local clients as well as to clients based offshore."

 

Key highlights: UHNWI population (defined as those with a net worth of US$30m or more)

On a country level

·         Out of the 15 locations with UHNWI population growth of 5% or above in 2014, six are in Asia (including Central Asia).

 “Despite the headwinds facing the global economy as a result of renewed political tensions and fiscal uncertainty in 2014, some countries experienced particularly strong wealth creation last year, with UHNWI populations expanding by 5% or more in 15 countries,” explains Bailey. “Twelve of these countries were emerging economies underlining the fact that despite concerns about the easing of the pace of growth in developing countries, they are still going to be key drivers of wealth creation.” 

Locations with UHNWI population growth of 5% or above in 2014

Ranking

Location

Population growth

Ranking

Location

Population growth

1

Monaco

9.6%

8

Iran

5.5%

2

Zambia

6.7%

9

Vietnam

5.5%

3

Mongolia

6.7%

10

UAE

5.3%

4

Namibia

6.3%

11

Panama

5.1%

5

Kazakhstan

6.2%

12

Hong Kong

5.1%

6

China

5.8%

13

Uganda

5.0%

7

Uruguay

5.6%

14

Nigeria

5.0%

 

 

 

15

Myanmar

5.0%

Source: The Wealth Report 2015, Page 18

·         10 years from now, in terms of absolute number of UHNWIs:

o   The USA and Japan will still remain top of the list.

o   China (2014 ranking: 5th position)  will overtake Germany (2014 ranking: 3rd position)  and the UK (2014 ranking: 4th position)

o   Singapore (2014 ranking: 13th position) will overtake that of France (2014 ranking: 9th position)

 UHNWI population growth 2014-2024

2014 Ranking

Country

UHNWI Population 2014

2024 Ranking

Country

UHNWI Population 2024

% Change

(2014 – 2024)

1

USA

40,581

1

USA

50,767

25.1%

2

Japan

16,703

2

Japan

19,916

19.2%

3

Germany

11,679

3

China

15,681

87.4%

4

UK

10,547

4

Germany

14,481

24.0%

5

China

8,366

5

UK

13,176

24.9%

6

Canada

4,341

6

Brazil

6,278

48.8%

7

Switzerland

4,328

7

Canada

5,392

24.2%

8

Brazil

4,218

8

Switzerland

5,295

22.3%

9

France

3,865

9

Singapore

4,979

54.3%

10

Italy

3,717

10

Italy

4,468

20.2%

Source: The Wealth Report 2015, Pages 20, 66-67

On a city level

·         As of 2014 in terms of absolute number of UHNWIs, eight of the top 20 cities in the world are in Asia, half of which are in Greater China.

·         Over the next 10 years, the top 15 cities in terms of percentage growth of UHNWI population are in Asia, dominated by Indian and Chinese cities and led by Ho Chi Minh City.

·         Asia has three cities – Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong – in the top five destinations where the super wealthy live.  London is currently host to more than double the number of UHNWIs with 4,364 more than its nearest European rival, Frankfurt, which is home to only 1,909. 

Where do the wealthy really live?

Ranking

City

Region

Current UHNWI population

1

London

Europe

4,364

2

Tokyo

Asia

3,575

3

Singapore

Asia

3,227

4

New York

North America

3,008

5

Hong Kong

Asia

2,690

6

Frankfurt

Europe

1,909

7

Paris

Europe

1,521

8

Osaka

Asia

1,471

9

Beijing

Asia

1,408

Source: The Wealth Report 2015, Pages 30-31

Key highlights: Billionaire population

On a country level

·         Globally, 830 people have joined the ranks of the billionaire club in the past decade, with 53 individuals becoming billionaires in 2014 alone.  The total number of billionaires in the world now numbers 1,844, which is an 82% increase from ten years ago. 

·         In terms of absolute number of billionaires, China is currently behind the USA in second position.  In 10 years’ time, China will see 154 billionaires joining the ranks – the largest number in the world.

On a city level

·         As of 2014 in terms of absolute number of billionaires, 10 of the top 20 cities in the world are in Asia

Billionaire population in 2014

Ranking

City

Number of Billionaires

Ranking

City

Number of Billionaires

1

New York

114

11

Tokyo

22

2

Moscow

91

12

Paris

21

3

Hong Kong

53

13

Seoul

21

4

London

49

14

Los Angeles

20

5

Beijing

37

15

Shenzhen

19

6

Mumbai

30

16

Chicago

18

7

Istanbul

29

17

Jakarta

18

8

São Paulo

25

18

Washington DC

18

9

Singapore

24

19

San Francisco

17

10

Taipei

22

20

Shanghai

17

Source: The Wealth Report 2015, Pages 66-67

·         Over the next 10 years, Chinese cities will comprise two-thirds of the top 30 cities, in terms of the percentage growth in billionaires.

Billionaire population growth 2014-2024

Ranking

City

10-year growth

Ranking

City

10-year growth

1

Jakarta

138.9%

16

Suzhou

100.0%

2

Bangalore

114.3%

17

Wenzhou

100.0%

3

Mumbai

110.0%

18

Xiamen

100.0%

4

Delhi

109.1%

19

Dalian

100.0%

5

Lagos

100.0%

20

Dongguan

100.0%

6

Buenos Aires

100.0%

21

Ningbo

100.0%

7

Ahmedabad

100.0%

22

Taizhou, Zhejiang

100.0%

8

Foshan

100.0%

23

Wuhan

100.0%

9

Fuzhou

100.0%

24

Shanghai

94.1%

10

Tianjin

100.0%

25

Beijing

91.9%

11

Changsha

100.0%

26

Hangzhou

91.7%

12

Chengdu

100.0%

27

Monaco

91.7%

13

Chennai

100.0%

28

Guangzhou

90.9%

14

Chongqing

100.0%

29

Shenzhen

89.5%

15

Nanjing

100.0%

30

Kiev

75.0%

Source: The Wealth Report 2015, Pages 66-67

END

Notes to editors:

·         Centa-millionaires: Defined as someone with a net worth of US$100m or more, excluding their principle residence.

·         UHNWI: Defined as someone with a net worth of US$30m or more, excluding their principle residence.

·         HNWI: Defined as someone with a net worth of US$1m or more, excluding their principle residence.

To download the report, please visit:

http://www.knightfrank.com/wealthreport

For further information, please contact:

From Knight Frank

Mr Nicholas Holt, Head of Research, Asia Pacific

nicholas.holt@asia.knightfrank.com +65 6429 3595 @nholtKF

Ms Rachel Loke, Head of Public Relations & Communications, Asia Pacific

rachel.loke@asia.knightfrank.com +65 6429 3587 @knightfrank

Ms Pamela Phua, Asst. Marketing Manager, Malaysia

pamela.phua@my.knightfrank.com  +603 2289 9669 @KnightFrank_my

From Maybank

Mr Nicholas Chan, Events & Communications, HNW & Affluent Banking

nicholas.chan@maybank.com.my +603 2070 8833 Ext 5143

About Knight Frank

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