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Notwithstanding the current economic uncertainty, Asia has recorded the largest increase in its billionaires club in the world with 18 new...

Notwithstanding the current economic uncertainty, Asia has recorded the largest increase in its billionaires club in the world with 18 new billionaires in 2013, making it the fastest-growing reg-ion, a report says.

According to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2013, Asia saw the highest percentage rise in billionaire population (3.7 per cent from 2012) and total wealth (13 per cent) in 2013, making it the fastest-growing region.
The report noted that Asia is “driving the tectonic shifts in wealth globally” and added it would catch up with North America in five years.
The study that focused solely on persons with a net worth of $30 million and above (after accounting for shares in public and private companies, residential and investment properties, art collections, planes, cash and other assets), said Asia has 44,505 ultra-high net worth individuals, whose total wealth amounted to $6,590 billion.
As per the report, the global billionaire population reached a record 2,170 individuals in 2013. The average net worth of the world’s billionaires stood at $3 billion.
The billionaire population’s combined net worth more than doubled from $3.1 trillion in 2009 to $6.5 trillion in 2013 — enough to fund the United States budget deficit until 2024, and greater than the GDP of every country except the United States and China.
Interestingly, 810 individuals became billionaires since the 2009 global financial crisis, the report said. Europe is home to most billionaires (766 individuals). How-ever, North America has the most billionaire wea-lth ($2,158 billion).
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