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How many millionaire households there are in South Africa

How many millionaire households there are in South Africa

A new report from the Boston Consulting Group finds that globally, almost 18 million households control more than $1 million in wealth.

There were 17.9 million households with more than $1 million in private wealth in 2016, up 8% from the total of 16.6 millionaires in 2015.

According to BCG, the world’s millionaires, who represent the top 1% of the population, own as much as 45% of the $167 trillion in total personal wealth in the world, up from 44% in 2015.

The US is home to the most millionaire households – seven million – far more than second ranked China, with 2.1 million.

BCG told BusinessTech that its data showed that South Africa had 22,700 millionaire households in 2016, placing it 53rd out of 98 countries in its report.

Read: This is how many South Africans earn more than R1 million a year

In March, commercial and residential property group, Knight Frank published its Wealth Report  for 2017, showing how many dollar millionaires live in South Africa.

It found that South Africa had 40,400 millionaires in 2016, up from 38,500 in 2015, while that number is expected to grow to 52,500 over the next decade – to 2026.

Top 15 countries for millionaire households

# Country Millionaires
1 USA 7.085 million
2 China  2.124 million
3 Japan  1.244 million
4 United Kingdom  821 000
5 Canada  485 000
6 Germany  473 000
7 Switzerland  466 000
8 France  439 000
9 Taiwan  370 000
10 Italy  307 000
11 Aaustralia  263 000
12 Belgium  240 000
13 Saudi Arabia  236 000
14 Hong Kong  228 000
15 Netherlands  206 000

Looking ahead, BCG said that by the end of 2021, it expects the growth rate for global private wealth to be 6% higher than in 2016.

The report showed that by 2021, households worth $100 million will see their wealth grow by as much as 8.4 %, while those worth more than a million will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4%.

The BCG study uses data largely sourced from banks, national statistics offices and financial regulatory bodies.


Read: This is how many dollar millionaires live in South Africa


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  • lino_lupus

    What is the obsession of Business Tech with ‘who has most millions to buy the most millionaire house or the most expensive car of the most expensive holiday’???……Is it an antiGupta competition???

    • Swona

      Hahaha you had me going there until just before the end.

    • John Phoenix

      I think, they think this is tech news? Or possibly something their newly acquired news24 readers would be interested in? Business Tech…

  • victory

    How many millionaires living in Zimbabwe geh

    • Mark Label 2

      At one stage there were millions..

    • Pieter Vorster

      Only Mugabe and his connected cronies.

  • Newton’s Third Law

    A million rand is not a million dollars all I am saying

    • Skerminkel

      Dollar millionaires. Read the first sentence.

  • Blapartheid Zulu

    After the Penis Proector and the guptas take over the reserve bank, we will all soon be trillionaires

  • Bob

    Spare us a dime buddy?

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