Australasian demi-billionaires to increase by 29% over next five years

Australasian demi-billionaires to increase by 29% over next five years
Australasian demi-billionaires to increase by 29% over next five years

The number of people with US$500 million or more in net assets in Asia is going to overtake North America in the next five years, according to new research.

Knight Frank’s The Wealth Report analyses the population of the super wealthy, which is terms ‘demi-billionaires’.  

According to wealth data specialists Wealth-X, the amount of demi-billionaires based in Asia is set to rise to nearly 3000 in the next five years pushed by strong economic growth and rising asset prices.

However, in terms of country, the US will still dominate this segment of the population with its current tally of 1,830 set to rise to nearly 2500 in the next five years.

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Australasian demi-billionaires to increase by 29% over next five years

Australiasian demi-billionaires are also set to increase 29% from 70 to 90 by 2022, says Knight Frank’s Head of Residential Research, Australia Michelle Ciesielski.

“The methodology for projecting this increase looks at GDP growth, the performance of equity markets and other investments, as well as wealth distribution trends. Currency also plays a significant role.

“The continued increase in wealth in Australasia is being encouraged by stronger local economic conditions and performance of property investments over the past several years. In addition, international drivers including equity and bond performance has spurred on confidence.”

Wealthy investors are driving the demand for prime property, with Australia a top target, says Knight Frank’s Head of Residential, Australia Sarah Harding.

“We need to look on this global platform to truly appreciate the level of sophistication expected by the world’s wealthiest, including where they spend and invest; where they enjoy their downtime; and where they educate their children – now, and in the future.

“For the first time, Australia is delivering super-prime projects like One Barangaroo in Sydney and The Muse in Melbourne to the market – on par with world-class developments in established global cities such as London and New York.”

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