World’s Ultra Wealthy Population Reaches All-Time Record

  World’s Ultra Wealthy Population Reaches All-Time Record

Growth in North America and Europe, Asia Rebounds while Latin America Slips In
             Inaugural Wealth-X and UBS World Ultra Wealth Report

Business Wire

SINGAPORE & ZURICH -- September 10, 2013

Despite ongoing economic and geopolitical uncertainties, the world’s ultra
wealthy population reached an all-time high of 199,235 individuals with a
combined fortune of nearly US$28 trillion in 2013, growing by more than six
percent in population size from the previous year and adding US$2 trillion to
their combined wealth, greater than the GDP of India.

The Wealth-X and UBS World Ultra Wealth Report 2013 released today also
identified more than 2,000 billionaires globally with a total net worth of
US$6.5 trillion, equal to 23 percent of the world’s ultra high net worth
(UHNW) total wealth. This is more than any other wealth tier despite making up
only one percent of the UHNW population.

The report defines UHNW individuals as those with total net assets of US$30
million and above.

Other key findings from the report:

  *Growth was largely due to North America and Europe, with the two regions
    responsible for a net gain of nearly 10,000 UHNW individuals and a total
    increase in wealth of US$1.5 trillion.
  *China and Brazil, the fourth and seventh wealthiest UHNW nations in the
    world, saw a contraction in their UHNW populations and wealth due to
    economic slowdowns in these countries.
  *Asia rebounded from last year’s contraction, when there were 42,895 UHNW
    individuals in the region. As of 2013, there are 44,505 UHNW individuals
    in Asia with a combined wealth of US$6.5 trillion, an increase of 5.4
    percent from the previous year.
  *Although the United States and Europe grew faster than Asia in the past 12
    months, Asia will produce more UHNW individuals and wealth than both
    regions in the next five years.
  *The report forecasts that at current growth rates, Asia’s ultra wealthy
    population and wealth will eclipse that of Europe in 2021 and 2017
    respectively. Asia will have a larger UHNW population by 2032 and have a
    greater total wealth by 2024.
  *Latin America was the only region to suffer a decline, with both its UHNW
    population and total wealth falling, by 600 individuals and US$75 billion

  *The global UHNW population continues to be dominated by men, who form 88
    percent of the total population. Female UHNW individuals make up the
    remaining 12 percent, or 23,505 individuals globally. Self-made
    individuals, forming 65 percent of the population, outnumber individuals
    who inherited their wealth.
  *The average wealth of an UHNW individual has risen to US$139 million, up
    US$1.8 million from last year.

Wealth-X quote on the significance of the report

“The Wealth-X and UBS World Ultra Wealth Report 2013 is based on the depth and
breadth of our research and analysis from our database, which enables us to
provide the most insightful intelligence on the world’s UHNW population for
individuals and organisations to make important decisions,” Wealth-X CEO
Mykolas D. Rambus said.

Wealth-X quote on the Wealth-X and UBS partnership

“Wealth-X is pleased to partner with UBS for the first time to deliver the
Wealth-X and UBS World Ultra Wealth Report 2013,” Wealth-X CEO Mykolas D.
Rambus said. “Expert commentary from UBS complements Wealth-X’s global
intelligence on the world’s UHNW population, producing a report that
demonstrates a true collaboration between the global leader in wealth
management and the world’s leading UHNW intelligence provider.”

UBS quote on the Wealth-X and UBS partnership

"UBS is happy to partner with Wealth-X in presenting the Wealth-X and UBS
World Ultra Wealth Report 2013. We draw on our 150-year heritage to serve the
world's most successful families, and more than half of the world's
billionaires. These are long-term, trusted relationships which span
generations. The study provides unique insights of the UHNW sector so we can
better meet the needs of this highly sophisticated and global clientele,"
Josef Stadler, Global Head of Ultra High Net Worth, UBS Wealth Management

UBS quote on the development of UHNW population in Asia Pacific

"The report forecasts that Asia will generate more UHNW individuals and wealth
than the US and Europe in the next five years. This closely mirrors our own
observations of the trajectory of wealth creation in Asia. In Asia, the UHNW
segment is dominated by entrepreneurs in their first or second generation who
are still heavily involved in their family businesses. The services they
require go beyond personal investment advice, to include family succession
matters and growing the business. At the top end of the segment, you have the
family offices and institutional-like client groups which require complex,
bespoke solutions and fast execution. UBS's ability to offer world-class and
worldwide capabilities across wealth management, investment bank and global
asset management, places us at a distinctive advantage in servicing these
clients," Joseph Poon, Head of Ultra High Net Worth, Southeast Asia, UBS
Wealth Management said.

For the report’s microsite and additional video commentaries by Wealth-X and
UBS executives, visit

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