Which World Cities Have the Highest Concentrations of Billionaires?

Written by Carly Hallman

Where would you live if money was no object? In truth, one’s location has a significant influence on opportunities for wealth, investing, and connections, but success (or a fortunate birth) happens across the globe. The billionaires list is most abundant with billionaires from the United States, China, France, India, and Japan. Ever wonder what city has the most billionaires in the U.S.? The U.S. city with the most billionaires is New York City, which has far more billionaires than most countries do. This infographic found on TitleMax.com shows the numbers of billionaires per capita by city around the world:

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Which World Cities Have the Highest Frequency of Billionaires? Transcript

The 30 World Cities With the Most Billionaires Per 100,000 People in 2021

Rank City Country Number of Billionaires Estimated Population Estimated Billionaires Per 100,000 people
1 Geneva Switzerland 19 198,979 9.549
2 San Francisco United States 56 874,961 6.400
3 Stockholm Sweden 21 975,551 2.153
4 Paris France 44 2,161,000 2.036
5 Dallas United States 19 1,331,000 1.428
6 New York United States 112 8,419,000 1.330
7 Hong Kong Hong Kong 82 7,507,000 1.092
8 Manila Philippines 19 1,780,000 1.067
9 Taipei Taiwan 26 2,646,000 0.983
10 London England 82 8,982,000 0.913
11 Shenzhen China 105 12,530,000 0.838
12 Los Angeles United States 28 3,967,000 0.706
13 Beijing China 145 21,540,000 0.673
14 Hangzhou China 66 10,360,000 0.637
15 Singapore Singapore 35 5,704,000 0.614
16 Moscow Russia 68 11,920,000 0.570
17 Bangkok Thailand 51 10,539,000 0.484
18 Foshan China 31 7,197,000 0.431
19 Shanghai China 113 26,320,000 0.429
20 Guangzhou China 61 15,310,000 0.398
21 Sydney Australia 19 5,312,000 0.358
22 Tokyo Japan 31 9,273,000 0.334
23 Seoul South Korea 32 9,776,000 0.327
24 Mumbai India 60 18,410,000 0.326
25 Sao Paulo Brazil 35 12,330,000 0.284
26 Bengaluru India 22 8,444,000 0.261
27 Ningbo China 21 8,202,000 0.256
28 Jakarta Indonesia 24 10,560,000 0.227
29 New Delhi India 40 21,750,000 0.184
30 Istanbul Turkey 28 15,460,000 0.181

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What City Has the Most Billionaires per Capita?

The city with the most billionaires per capita is Geneva, Switzerland. Geneva has 19 billionaires and an estimated population of 198,979, which means that there are around 9.5 billionaires per 100,000 people.

Here are the top 20 cities with the most billionaires per capita:

  1. Geneva, Switzerland, billionaires: 9.54875 per capita (19 total)
  2. San Francisco, California, billionaires: 6.40029 per capita (56 total)
  3. Stockholm, Sweden, billionaires: 2.15263 per capita (21 total)
  4. Paris, France, billionaires: 2.03609 per capita (44 total)
  5. Dallas, Texas, billionaires: 1.42750 per capita (19 total)
  6. New York, New York, billionaires: 1.33032 per capita (112 total)
  7. Hong Kong billionaires: 1.09231 per capita (82 total)
  8. Manila, Philippines, billionaires: 1.06742 per capita (19 total)
  9. Taipei, Taiwan, billionaires: 0.98262 per capita (26 total)
  10. London, England, billionaires: 0.91294 per capita (82 total)
  11. Shenzhen, China, billionaires: 0.83799 per capita (105 total)
  12. Los Angeles, California, billionaires: 0.70582 per capita (28 total)
  13. Beijing, China, billionaires: 0.67317 per capita (145 total)
  14. Hangzhou, China, billionaires: 0.63707 per capita (66 total)
  15. Singapore billionaires: 0.61360 per capita (35 total)
  16. Moscow, Russia, billionaires: 0.57047 per capita (68 total)
  17. Bangkok, Thailand, billionaires: 0.48392 per capita (51 total)
  18. Foshan, China, billionaires: 0.43074 per capita (31 total)
  19. Shanghai, China, billionaires: 0.42933 per capita (113 total)
  20. Guangzhou, China, billionaires: 0.39843 per capita (61 total)

What City Has the Most Billionaires in Total?

The city in the world with the most billionaires is Beijing, China, with 145 billionaires. In fact, it is now called the “billionaire capital of the world.” Shanghai, China, has the second-most billionaires at 113. New York billionaires come in a close third at 112. The number of Beijing billionaires overtook the number of New York billionaires in 2021. Although Beijing has more billionaires than New York City, the combined net worth of the Big Apple’s billionaires is around $80 billion greater than that of their counterparts in Beijing.

The richest person in Beijing is Zhang Yiming, who is the founder of TikTok, with a staggering net worth of around $44 billion. This incredible wealth pales in comparison to that of the richest person in China, Zhong Shanshan, who is worth around $68.9 billion. Zhong’s colossal wealth was developed through bottled water and pharmaceutical sales.


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