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No Indian city among the world's 20 most IMPORTANT

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These cities are considered the most important to the world's High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs), according to The Wealth Report 2012 by Knight Frank & Citi Private Bank.

London is the most important global city and it will continue to remain at the top even after a decade, says the report.

1. London

Quality of Life: Rank 1
Knowledge & influence: Rank 1
Political power: Rank 2
Economic activity: Rank 1

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Image: Pedestrians walk near the Shard building in central London.
Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters.

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2. New York

Quality of Life: Rank 3
Knowledge & influence: 2
Political power: 3
Economic activity: 2

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Image: The Empire State Building is seen with its lights turned off in participation with Earth Hour in New York.
Photographs: Allison Joyce/Reuters.
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3. Hong Kong

Quality of Life: Rank 6
Knowledge & influence: Rank 7
Political power: Rank 15
Economic activity: Rank 3

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Image: Sunlight is reflected on a window as private and public residential buildings are seen in Po Lam, a satellite town in Hong Kong.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters.
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4. Paris

Quality of Life: Rank 7
Knowledge & influence: Rank 4
Political power: Rank 5
Economic activity: Rank 8

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Image: A Paris Autolib' electric car is parked next to the Eiffel tower.

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5. Singapore

Quality of Life: Rank 2
Knowledge & influence: Rank 8
Political power: Rank 11
Economic activity: Rank 5

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Image: A Boeing 787-8 passenger jet flies near the skypark of the Marina Bay Sands hotel during a demonstration flight in Singapore.
Photographs: Tim Chong/Reuters.
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6. Miami

Quality of Life: Rank 9
Knowledge & influence: Rank 16
Political power: Rank 17
Economic activity: Rank 15

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Image: People walk past the Icon Brickell condo, billionaire Jorge Perez's latest project, in downtown Miami, Florida.
Photographs: Carlos Barria/Reuters.
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7. Geneva

Quality of Life: Rank 4
Knowledge & influence: Rank 5
Political power: Rank 16
Economic activity: Rank 13

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Image: A wakeboarder performs on Lake Leman on a hot autumn day in Geneva.
Photographs: Denis Balibouse/Reuters.
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8. Shanghai

Knowledge & influence: Rank 12
Political power: Rank 9
Economic activity: Rank 

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Image: A security guard stands in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai.


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9. Beijing

Knowledge & influence: Rank 12
Political power: Rank 9
Economic activity: Rank 9

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Image: Workmen stand atop a building under construction on a clear winter's afternoon in Beijing.
Photographs: David Gray/Reuters.

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10. Berlin

Knowledge & influence: Rank 19
Political power: Rank 6
Economic activity: Rank 20

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Image: The sun rises behind the cupola of the Reichstag building, the seat of the German lower house of parliament, on a sunny cold day in Berlin.
Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters.

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11. Moscow

Knowledge & influence: Rank 20
Political power: Rank 13
Economic activity: Rank 12

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Image: A worker cleans snow from a roof in front of the domes of the several several churches and cathedrals inside Moscow's Kremlin.
Photographs: Anton Golubev/Reuters.

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12. Rome

Quality of Life: Rank 20
Political power: Rank 12
Economic activity: Rank 17

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Image: Rome's ancient Colosseum is lit up.
Photographs: Alessia Pierdomenico/Reuters.
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13. Dubai

Quality of Life: Rank 10
Knowledge & influence: Rank 11
Economic activity: Rank 7

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Image: Camels chew on hay as buildings are seen in the background near the Dubai Marina in Dubai.
Photographs: Jumana El Heloueh/Reuters.
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14. Monaco

Quality of Life: Rank 16
Knowledge & influence: Rank 20
Political power: Rank 13

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Image: Monaco palace (top) and the port of Monaco are seen at sunset.
Photographs: Eric Gaillard/Reuters.

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15. Frankfurt

Political power: Rank 8
Economic activity: Rank 10

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Image: Pedestrians enjoy the sun and warm weather during a walk along the river Main in Frankfurt.
Photographs: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters.
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16. Madrid

Quality of Life: Rank 12
Economic activity: Rank 11 

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Image: A general view shows the exterior of Spain's historic Cafe Gijon in Madrid.
Photographs: Andrea Comas/Reuters.
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17. Vancouver

Quality of Life: Rank 8

After a decade, Vancouver will be replaced by Vienna at rank 17.

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Image: The Gastown Steam Clock marks the noon hour in Vancouver.
Photographs: Andy Clark/Reuters.

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18. Sao Paulo

Economic activity: Rank 16

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Image: An airplane prepares to land over a jammed highway during a normal weekday at Congonhas Airport, one of Sao Paulo's two busy airports.
Photographs: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters.

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19. Tokyo

Knowledge & influence: Rank 13
Political power: Rank 9

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Image: The Tokyo Sky Tree is seen in downtown Tokyo.
Photographs: Issei Kato/Reuters.

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20. Mexico City

Knowledge & influence: Rank 17
Political power: Rank 14
Economic activity: Rank 18



Image: Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero's bronze El Rapto De Europa sculpture in Mexico.
Photographs: Henry Romero/Reuters.
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