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Ultra rich pick world's top business hubs

Last updated on: April 13, 2011 16:22 IST

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The world's rich and powerful see New York and London as the leading business hubs over the next 10 years, but emerging nation centres are fast catching up, according to a new report.

According to Annual Citi/Knight Frank Wealth Report, Mumbai has gained in importance as global business city by 118 per cent followed by Shanghai (91 per cent) and Sao Paolo (66 per cent).

It said almost 40 per cent of the world's most exclusive residential property markets increased in value during 2010: Of this six of the 10 biggest gainers were in Asia.

Here is a look at top 10 business hubs based on feedback from ultra high net-worth individuals.

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Image: Prices of exclusive properties have picked up.
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1. New York: Aggregate Ranking 151

Economic Activity: 40

Political Power: 39

Knowledge and influence: 40

Quality of Life: 32

Key Feature: Wall Street - heart of the US financial services sector.

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Image: New York City tops the ranking.
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2. London: Aggregate Ranking 149

Economic Activity: 39

Political Power: 36

Knowledge and influence: 39

Quality of Life: 35

Key Feature: The City - London's traditional financial core which together with Canary Wharf creates Europe's largest financial centre.

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Image: London's main feature is its business heart.
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3. Paris: Aggregate Ranking 149

Economic Activity: 37

Political Power: 35

Knowledge and influence: 37

Quality of Life: 40

Key Feature: The Louvre - the most visited museum in the world houses 380,000 objects.

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Image: Paris has the most visited museum in the world.
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4. Tokyo: Aggregate Ranking 144

Economic Activity: 38

Political Power: 34

Knowledge and influence: 36

Quality of Life: 36

Key Feature: The Tokyo Stock Exchange - the second-largest stock exchange in the world by aggregate market capitalisation of its listed companies.

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Image: Tokyo has the second-largest stock exchange.
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5. Los Angeles: Aggregate Ranking 122

Economic Activity: 31

Political Power: 25

Knowledge and influence: 35

Quality of Life: 31

Key Feature: Hollywood - the centre of the world's largest film industry.

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Image: Los Angeles has Hollywood.
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6. Brussels: Aggregate Ranking 121

Economic Activity: 26

Political Power: 38

Knowledge and influence: 27

Quality of Life: 30

Key Feature: EU headquarters Brussels serves as the informal capital of the European Union.

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Image: EU headquarters are based in Brussels.
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7. Singapore: Aggregate Ranking 119

Economic Activity: 36

Political Power: 26

Knowledge and influence: 34

Quality of Life: 23

Key Feature: Port of Singapore - one of the busiest ports in the world.

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Image: Singapore has one of the busiest ports in the world.
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8. Berlin: Aggregate Ranking 113

Economic Activity: 19

Political Power: 29

Knowledge and influence: 26

Quality of Life: 39

Key Feature: Reichstag - following Norman Foster's reconstruction, the German Parliament returned here in 1999.

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Image: German Parliament is based in Berlin.
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9. Beijing: Aggregate Ranking 113

Economic Activity: 33

Political Power: 37

Knowledge and influence: 24

Quality of Life: 19

Key Feature: The Great Hall of the People - located at the western edge of Tiananmen Square, used for legislative and ceremonial activities by the People's Republic of China and the Communist Party.

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Image: Beijing is ranked ninth.
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10. Toronto: Aggregate Ranking 113

Economic Activity: 24

Political Power: 19

Knowledge and Influence: 31

Quality of Life: 38

Key Feature: Lake Ontario - symbolic of the clean air and outdoor lifestyle enjoyed in Canada's largest city.


Image: Toronto is Canada's largest city.
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