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Slowdown? Nah, India home to 1.98 lakh millionaires!

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September 15, 2015 18:07 IST
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Dancers perform during the Republic Day celebrations in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh January 26, 2011.

Image: Dancers perform during the Republic Day celebrations in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh January 26, 2011. India celebrated its 62nd Republic Day on Wednesday. Photograph: Ajay Verma/Reuters

India has been ranked 11th in the list of countries with highest number of HNWI population

India has become home to 11th largest population of millionaires with 1,98,000 such high networth individuals, as falling oil prices and ‘constructive’ election results helped the country post the biggest gains in terms of their number and total wealth during 2014.

India recorded the largest gains -- for the region and globally -- for high networth individuals population (26.3 per cent) and wealth (28.2 per cent).

"The election of a popular reform minded prime minister helped to boost investor confidence and contributed to strong performance in the stock market, with a 21.9 per cent increase in the MSCI Index.

“Lower oil prices helped reduce country's budget deficit and retail inflation fell considerably," the report said.

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Image: A Charlie Brown balloon floats make their way down 6th Ave during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

"All these events helped India moved up to third place for HNWI wealth across Asia Pacific, displacing Australia, which suffered from a significant 7.6 per cent decline in equity markets," it added.

According to the 'World Wealth Report 2015', released by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management, there were 1,98,000 HNWIs in India in 2014, while in 2013 the figure stood at 1,56,000.

India has been ranked 11th in the list of countries with highest number of HNWI population.

Tokyo

Image: City of Tokyo. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The US topped the chart with 43,51,000 millionaires, followed by Japan 24,52,000, Germany (11,41,000) and China (8,90,000) in the second, third and fourth place respectively.

The top four countries account for 60.3 per cent of the total worldwide HNWI population.

Globally in 2014, strong economic and equity market performance helped to create 920,000 new millionaires.

Headquarters of Germany's largest business bank, Deutsche Bank, in downtown Frankfurt.

Image: Headquarters of Germany's largest business bank, Deutsche Bank, in downtown Frankfurt. Photograph: Alex Domanski/Reuters

The number of High Net Worth Individuals grew to 14.6 million, while their collective wealth surged to $56.4 trillion.

Since 2006, Asia Pacific dominated HNWI growth and of the $7.4 trillion of HNWI wealth added in Asia Pacific since 2006, India and China accounted for an impressive 43 per cent.

"Continued growth is expected to result in India and China holding over 10 per cent of all global HNWI wealth by 2017," the report said.

Bullet train of China

Image: A bullet train of China. Photograph: Reuter. The image is used for representational purpose only

"Asia-Pacific continues its tremendous run in wealth creation and doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon," said Barend Janssens, head, RBC Wealth Management -- Asia.

China and India, in particular, have propelled Asia-Pacific HNWI wealth growth in recent years and are expected to continue to act as key drivers, both in the region and globally.

Looking further ahead, HNWI wealth is expected to expand more in Asia-Pacific than in any other region of the world with much of the new wealth expected to come from the emerging economies of China, India, Indonesia, and Thailand, the report said.

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