How much the world’s super wealthy are worth

Less than half a percent of the world’s adult population – some 16.6 million individuals – have over 33% of the world’s total wealth, totalling US$77 trillion.

This is one of the findings of the annual Ultra Wealth Report, compiled by Wealth-X and UBS World.

As of 2014, Wealth-X tracked over 211,275 Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) worth US$29.7 trillion – up from 199,235 individuals in 2013, worth US$27.77 trillion.

UHNWIs are defined as people with a net worth over US$30 million, and in 2014 represented a miniscule 0.004% of the total global adult population of 4.9 billion people.

Dollar millionaires and billionaires make up a total 0.33% of the world’s population, with the US$1 million – US$4.9 million bracket representing the greatest portion, with 14.9 million people.

Wealth tier
Share of population
Adult population
Share of wealth
Wealth (US$ trillion)
Average wealth per person
US$30 million+ 0.004% 211,275 12.8% 29.7 $140 million
US$10 million – US$29 million 0.01% 682,775 6.4% 14.9 $21.8 million
US$5 million – US$9.9 million 0.02% 835,950 2.7% 6.2 $7.4 million
US$1 million – US$4.9 million 0.3% 14,930,000 11.3% 26.2 $1.75 million
US$100,000 – US$999,000 7.5% 336,340,000 45.3% 105.4 $313,373
US$10,000 – US$99,000 25.8% 1,265,000,000 15.6% 36.3 $28,695
Under US$10,000 66.3% 3,248,000,000 5.9% 13.8 $4,248
Total 100.0% 4,896,000,000 100.0% 232.5 $47,487

The largest portion of the adult world earn under $10,000, Wealth-X found, with 3.25 billion people falling into that range, worth only US$13.8 trillion.

To highlight the disparity, the average UHNWI is worth US$140.6 million in the smallest bracket, with the average person in the largest bracket worth only US$4,248.

The global average is US$47,487 according to Wealth-X’s data.

UHNWI breakdown 2014

Wealth tier
UHNW population
UHNW wealth (US$ billion)
Population change Wealth change
US$1 billion+ 2,325 7,291 7.1% 11.9%
US$750 million – US$999 million 1,295 1,075 19.9% 15.7%
US$500 million – US$749 million 3,590 2,464 14.9% 12.6%
US$250 million – US$499 million 9,335 3,530 7.4% 3.2%
US$200 million – US$249 million 14,580 3,170 6.3% 4.9%
US$100 million – US$199 million 25,400 3,660 6.6% 5.5%
US$50 million – US$99 million 63,120 4,775 3.9% 1.2%
US$30 million – US$49 million 91,630 3,760 6.7% 7.3%
Total 211,275 29,725 6.0% 7.0%

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