Top 25 Countries With The Most Billionaires

Written by Carly Hallman

Which country has the most billionaires? The answer, by far, is the United States, with 565 billionaires, from Jeff Bezos to Larry Page to Michael Bloomberg. But while the U.S. is the country with the most billionaires, there are plenty of places around the world that are home to some of the wealthiest people. Here’s our list of billionaires by country and where they’re living around the globe.

Countries with Most Billionaires

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First off, how many billionaires are there in the world? The answer is 1,550 total, according to UBS. Only eight individuals at the top of this list of billionaires own the same amount of wealth as half of the population of the world. Those men are Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, Amancio Ortega, Mark Zuckerberg, Carlos Slim, Larry Ellison, and Michael Bloomberg. Six of the eight are American. The top earner, Bill Gates, is due to perhaps someday become the world’s first trillionaire, as he’s currently worth around $86 billion; however, he frequently gives his money away via the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Of the official billionaire’s list, 130 are above the illustrious $10 billion mark. There also happen to be 36 million millionaires around the world. That seems like a lot until you remember that the world’s population is 7.6 billion people; billionaires represent roughly 0.000002039 percent of the population, and millionaires represent 0.0473 percent.

If the U.S. is the country with the most billionaires, where else do the worlds wealthiest hang their hats? Which countries have the most billionaires besides America? China is home to 319 of them, including real estate guru Wang Jianlin and Alibaba creator Jack Ma. Chinese entrepreneurs are climbing up the list quickly. The third is Germany with 114, and fourth is India at 101. Russia comes in fifth with 96. How many billionaires in the world live in other places? Other countries, such as France, Italy, Australia, and Hong Kong, are home to 355 others. That’s not too surprising, though; where billionaires live is usually where they work, and the world’s billionaires tend to congregate around the world’s richest cities.

How many billionaires in America live in cities versus the rural U.S.? We’ve organized them by state, and yes, many prefer New York, California, and other states with major cities.

The number of billionaires in the U.S. might outshine their Chinese and Russian counterparts, but the rate of the rise of their contemporaries in other countries has raised eyebrows. This is often seen as a result of their country’s more successful economies. On the other hand, if you compare how many billionaires there are in the U.S. per capita, there’s a different story to study, since population figures vary widely. How many billionaires in the U.S. are there per capita? For every billionaire, there are 571,858 people. Compare that to China, where there are 4 million people for every one billionaire.

The top billionaires in the world aren’t always symptomatic of the economies they come from, but the world’s wealthy countries often have their fair share of high-end decision-makers, like Bill Gates or Jack Ma. Hopefully, these leaders of our economies will continue to help steer these markets in positive directions.

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