Even during these tough times, there are more millionaire households in the world than at any other time, with the growth highest in China and Europe.

The total number of millionaire households in the world (ie. those with assets of $US1 million or more) now stands at 9.6 million.

This represents only 0.7% of all households, owning $US33.2 trillion. This is a staggering one third of the world’s entire wealth which just goes to show the inequality of wealth.

Here’s the Top 10 of millionaire households, and I’ve also included the countries’ ranking for households with in excess of $US100 million (with Australia added on, given our Australian roots).

No. 1: USA

Total millionaire households: 4,585,000

Total population: 301,139,947
Total $100 million+ households: 2,300 (rank: 1)

Bill & Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet

No. 2: Japan

Total millionaire households: 830,000
Total population: 127,433,494
Total $100 million+ households: 1,300 (rank: 2)

Softbank President Masayoshi Son with Actress Ava Ueto

No. 3: Britain

Total millionaire households: 610,000
Total population: 60,776,238
Total $100 million+ households: 810 (rank: 3)

Virgin Group founder, Sir Richard Branson

No. 4: Germany

Total millionaire households: 350,000
Total population: 82,400,996
Total $100 million+ households: 620

No. 5: China

Total millionaire households: 310,000
Total population: 1,321,851,888
Total $100 million+ households: 180 (rank: 13)

No. 6: Italy

Total millionaire households: 270,000
Total population: 58,147,733
Total $100 million+ households: 530 (rank: 5)

No. 7: France

Total millionaire households: 265,000
Total population: 63,713,926
Total $100 million+ households: 260 (rank: 9)

No. 8: Taiwan

Total millionaire households: 220,000
Total population: 22,858,872
Total $100 million+ households: unknown

No. 9: Switzerland

Total millionaire households: 205,000
Total population: 7,554,661
Total $100 million+ households: 300 (rank:8)

No. 10: Brazil

Total millionaire households: 190,000
Total population: 190,010,647
Total $100 million+ households: 210 (rank: 10)

No. 13: Australia

Total millionaire households: 135,000
Total population: 20,434,176
Total $100 million+ households: 150 (rank: 14)

PBL Chairman, James Packer

Simon Turner

FYI: Read related articles on The World’s Most Expensive…; Luxury Homes; and Warren Buffet

More information: Figures taken from a study by Boston Consulting Group

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