Exclusive UHNWI Analysis: The World Ultra Wealth Report 2017

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The fifth edition of this flagship report analyses the state of the world’s ultra high net worth (UHNW) population, or those with $30m or more in net worth, and this year revealed global growth of 3.5% to 226,450 individuals and a 1.5% increase of their total combined wealth to $27 trillion.

While this growth in population and wealth reflects a recovery from a steep decline in 2015, the report also reveals that average individual wealth in this population declined for the first time since 2013, demonstrating that in 2016 UHNW population growth outpaced wealth generation for the ultra-affluent.

Further report findings include:

North America and Asia Lead Global Growth, While Latin America Falters

  • There were sharp regional fluctuations in dollar-denominated wealth creation, with North America and Asia recording the only significant rises in wealth.

New York Bolstered its Position as the World’s Top UHNW City

  • The New York metropolitan area’s UHNW population grew 9% to 8,350 individuals.

Cash is King: UHNW Liquidity Continues to Rise

  • Total liquid assets (primarily cash) owned by global ultra high net worth individuals stood at $9.6trn in 2016, accounting for the largest share (35.4%) of their holdings.

UHNW Forecast Shows Continued Growth

  • Despite heightened geopolitical instability, the global ultra wealthy population is forecast to rise to 299,000 people by 2021, representing an increase of 72,550.


In addition to revealing a global view of the status and trends of the ultra wealthy, the World Ultra Wealth Report 2017 also examines this population based on their asset holdings, gender, industry focus, wealth source, education and hobbies.  From this insight, the report reveals information on the “typical” UHNW individual and compares this profile to other ultra wealthy archetypes including UHNW Millennials, those who are Ivy League educated, the female UHNW population, and those in emerging Asian markets.

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World Ultra Wealth Report 2017 Table of Contents:

  • Global Map of the Ultra Wealthy
  • The Ultra Wealthy in 2016: Hopes and Fears
  • Ultra Wealth by Tier
  • Ultra Wealthy Forecast to 2021
  • Trends Among the Ultra Wealthy: Implications for the Wealth Management, Luxury and Not-for-Profit Sectors
  • Top 30 UHNW Countries
  • Top 30 UHNW Cities
  • Profiling Today’s Ultra Wealthy Individual
  • Ultra Wealthy Archetypes

Wealth-X Professional clients can access the report here.

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Additional Resources


  • The Billionaire Census 2017 – The fourth edition of this market-leading report offers a comprehensive study of developments across the global billionaire population.  The Billionaire Census considers regional trends and changes in individuals’ net worth, and provides a breakdown of billionaires’ asset holdings, gender, industry focus and source of wealth.
  • UHNW Alumni Report – new study ranks global universities by the number of their alumni with a net worth of $30 million or more. The report also uncovers key demographics about these alumni populations, including their total net worth, allowing fundraisers to understand the true major gifts potential of these individuals.
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