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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Last updated on: October 17, 2011 08:51 IST

Image: Fundamental social shifts are unearthed when examining the demographics of the world's affluent.

A research company, TNS, has unveiled the results of the biggest global study into the attitudes and investment priorities of the affluent - painting a timely picture of wealth, post global recession.

Based on interviews with 12,000 people across 24 markets including China, Brazil and India, TNS's Global Affluent Investor study shows that the growth of developing economic powerhouses is already starting to impact personal fortunes, among households with more than $100,000 investable assets.

Fundamental social shifts are unearthed when examining the demographics of the world's affluent.

While they average 57 years old in North America and Northern Europe, this falls to the early 40s in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: Indian affluent are keen investors in precious metals.

While men are the primary decision makers among affluent households in India (80 per cent) and Central Europe (79 per cent), the balance is spread far more evenly in North America (45 per cent).

TNS's findings also demonstrate regional contrasts in terms of what the affluent actually invest in.

While the Chinese, Indian and German affluent are keen investors in precious metals (cited by 35 per cent, 33 per cent and 23 per cent of respondents respectively), this falls to just three per cent in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands, and two per cent in Denmark and Israel.

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: India has three million affluent households.

India

Affluent households: Three million

Incidence of affluent households: 1.25 per cent

Note: Affluent households defined as those with $100,000+ investable assets, except in Brazil where this figure is $40,000+

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: There are more than 31 million affluent households in the US.

1. The United States

Affluent households: 31.4 million

Incidence of affluent households: 27 per cent

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: China has three million, which is equal to India's figure.

2. China

Affluent households: Three million

Incidence of affluent households: 0.75 per cent

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Image: There are 2.9 million affluent households in the UK.

3. The United Kingdom

Affluent households: 2.9 million

Incidence of affluent households: 11 per cent

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: France has 10 per cent affluent households.

4. France

Affluent households: 2.7 million

Incidence of affluent households: 10 per cent

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Image: Canada has 2.6 million affluent households.

5. Canada

Affluent households: 2.6 million

Incidence of affluent households: 20 per cent

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: Germany has seven per cent affluent households.

6. Germany

Affluent households: 2.5 million

Incidence of affluent households: 7 per cent

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Image: There are 2.5 million affluent households in Italy.

7. Italy

Affluent households: 2.5 million

Incidence of affluent households: 10 per cent

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: There are 12 per cent affluent households in the Netherlands.

8. The Netherlands

Affluent households: 850,000

Incidence of affluent households: 12 per cent

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: Spain has 800,000 affluent households.

9. Spain

Affluent households: 800,000

Incidence of affluent households: 5 per cent

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: There are 13 per cent affluent households in Belgium.

10. Belgium

Affluent households: 580,000

Incidence of affluent households: 13 per cent

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Image: There are 400,000 affluent households in Australia.

11. Australia

Affluent households: 400,000

Incidence of affluent households: 5 per cent

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Image: Hong Kong has 15 per cent affluent households.

12. Hong Kong

Affluent households: 350,000

Incidence of affluent households: 15 per cent

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: Sweden has 270,000 affluent households.

13. Sweden

Affluent households: 270,000

Incidence of affluent households: 7 per cent

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Image: Singapore has 20 per cent affluent households.

14. Singapore

Affluent households: 230,000

Incidence of affluent households: 20 per cent

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: There are 230,000 affluent families in Norway.

15. Norway

Affluent households: 230,000

Incidence of affluent households: 10 per cent

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Image: There are 200,000 affluent households in Israel.

16. Israel

Affluent households: 200,000

Incidence of affluent households: 13 per cent

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Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

Image: There are eight per cent affluent households in Denmark

17. Denmark

Affluent households: 200,000

Incidence of affluent households: 8 per cent

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Image: There are seven per cent affluent households in Finland.

18. Finland

Affluent households: 180,000

Incidence of affluent households: 7 per cent

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Image: There are 160,000 affluent households in Portugal.

19. Portugal

Affluent households: 160,000

Incidence of affluent households: 4 per cent

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Image: There are 29 per cent affluent households in Luxemburg.

20. Luxemburg

Affluent households: 89,000

Incidence of affluent households: 29 per cent

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Image: There are three per cent affluent households in the UAE.

21. The UAE

Affluent households: 35,000

Incidence of affluent households: 3 per cent

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Image: There are five per cent affluent households in Brazil.

22. Brazil

Affluent households: Three million

Incidence of affluent households: 5 per cent