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Billionaires by Country 2024

There are more than 2600 billionaires globally. Over a quarter of the world’s billionaires live in the United States. While the number of billionaires fell amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the figure rebounded and grew again in 2021, falling somewhat by 2023. Together, the ten countries with the most billionaires have 1927 billionaires, about 73% of the global total. Of these countries, Hong Kong has the most billionaires per million people, with 8.698.

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How many billionaires are there in the world?

According to Forbes’s 2023 list of billionaires, there were 2,640 billionaires worldwide in 2023, for an average of .34 billionaires per million people. This is 28 fewer than 2022's number. Nearly 50% of the list of the existing billionaires are poorer than they were the year before. The United States has the most billionaires, with 735, followed by China (including Hong Kong and Macau) with 562. These two countries account for almost half of the world’s billionaires. The top billionaire and world’s richest individual is Bernard Arnault, overseeing the LVMH empire (including Louis Vuitton), worth $211 billion. Tesla CEO Elon Musk follows, worth $180 billion. Together, the world’s billionaires are worth $12.2 trillion, down from $12.7 trillion in 2022.

Who Are the Richest People in the World?

The list of the richest people in the world has changed significantly during the past few years. As company values rise and fall, and as people continue to give away their money, the identity of the richest person in the world can change. For example, many people believe Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is the richest person in the world. However, in 2023 he only came in at number 3, at $114 billion.

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, was the richest person in the world for a long time. He placed 6th in 2023, with $104 billion. Places #4 and #5 were occupied in 2023 by Larry Ellison ($107B) and Warren Buffett ($106B), respectively.

Is There a Trillionaire?

Right now, there is probably not a trillionaire, but there is someone who is gaining on. The French business tycoon, Bernard Arnault, is the chairman and CEO of the French luxury goods conglomerate called LVMH. This is a company that is responsible for producing a wide variety of luxury goods that are sold all over the world, and its value has gone up quickly, meaning that Bernard Arnault’s net worth has gone up as well. Therefore, some people believe that he will become a trillionaire soon.

Why Does Net Worth Change So Fast?

Some people are wondering how someone's net worth can change so quickly. This has to do with the rise and fall of stock prices. The market cap of a publicly-traded company is closely related to how much its founder, chairman, and CEO are worth. For example, if Amazon's stock price goes down, its overall market cap goes down as well. Because the net worth of Jeff Bezos is closely tied to the value of Amazon stock, his value will drop when the share price of Amazon drops as well. Conversely, when Amazon stock rises in value, his net worth will go up as well.

  • The number of billionaires in any country can change rapidly as business scenarios evolve.
  • Per-million data was unavailable for a handful of countries.

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# of Billionaires
Richest Billionaire
Richest Net Worth (billion)
Per Million People
Total Net Worth (billion)
United States735Elon Musk$1801.853$4,491
China495Zhong Shanshan$680.253$1,645
India169Mukesh Ambani$830.103$669
Germany126Dieter Schwarz$431.46$583
Russia105Andrey Melnichenko & family$250.856$471
Hong Kong66Li Ka-shing$388.698$367
Italy64Giovanni Ferrero$390.607$216
Canada63David Thomson & family$541.129$245
United Kingdom52James Ratcliffe$230.715$202
Taiwan52Zhang Congyuan, Lin Shu-hong$81.559$136
Brazil51Vicky Safra & family$170.211$160
Australia47Gina Rinehart$271.229$184
France43Bernard Arnault & family$2110.576$590
Switzerland41Gianluigi Aponte, Rafaela Aponte-Diamant$314.044$206
Japan40Tadashi Yanai & family$330.207$151
Sweden39Stefan Persson$162.987$140
Singapore35Li Xiting$164.573$125
South Korea30Jay Y. Lee$80.395$74
Israel30Eyal Ofer$193.158$113
Indonesia29Low Tuck Kwong$260.056$138
Thailand28Dhanin Chearavanont$150.3$101
Spain27Amancio Ortega$770.507$135
Turkey26Ibrahjim Ergemoglu$50.298$58
Malaysia18Robert Kuok$120.388$55
Mexico14Carlos Slim Helu & family$930.095$169
Philippines14Manuel Villar$90.136$41
Netherlands12Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken & family$150.683$41
Norway12Ivar Tollefsen$82.226$36
Czech Republic11Renata Kellnerova & family$170.913$61
Austria11Mark Mateschitz$351.007$71
Ireland9Shapoor Mistry$71.808$36
Cyprus9John Fredriksen$149.008$37
Denmark8Anders Holch Povlsen$71.37$42
Poland7Michal Solowow$60.183$22
Chile7Iris Fontbona & family$230.356$42
Finland7Antti Herlin$41.272$14
Egypt6Nassef Sawiris$70.059$19
Vietnam6Pham Nhat Vuong$40.041$13
Kazakhstan6Vladimir Kim$50.318$23
Romania6Ion Tiriac$20.104$9
Greece6Maria Angelicoussis-0.56$17
Lebanon6Najib and Taha Mikati$30.886$12
South Africa5Johann Rupert & family$110.084$26
Argentina5Marcos Galperin$50.109$13
Ukraine5Rinat Akhmetov$60.144$12
Colombia4Luis Carlos Sarmiento$60.079$18
Peru4Anne Marie See Pastor, Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor, George Pastor$20.061$6
Belgium4Eric Wittouck$80.348$16
United Arab Emirates4Pavel Durov$120.427$21
Nigeria3Aliko Dangote$140.014$29
Hungary3Sandor Csanyi$20.103$4
New Zealand3Graeme Hart$90.587$13
Monaco3Stefano Pessina$878.74$12
Morocco2Aziz Akhannouch & family$20.028$3
Bulgaria2Georgi and Kiril Domuschiev$20.291$4
Slovakia2Ivan Chrenko$20.366$3
Oman2Suhail Bahwan$30.223$4
Georgia2Bidzina Ivanishvili$50.537$9
Qatar2Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani$20.368$3
Bangladesh1Muhammed Aziz Khan$1$1
Tanzania1Mohammed Dewji$20.017$2
Algeria1Issad Rebrab & family$50.022$5
Nepal1Binod Chaudhary$20.033$2
Venezuela1Juan Carlos Escotet$40.035$4
Zimbabwe1Strive Masiyiwa$20.063$2
Portugal1Maria Fernanda Amorim & family$50.497$5
Panama1Stanley Motta$1$1
Armenia1Ruben Vardanyan & family$1$1
Estonia1Kristo Käärmann$10.751$1
Eswatini1Nathan Kirsh$70.915$7
Macau1Hoi Kin Hong$11.464$1
Belize1Kenneth Dart$4$4
Iceland1Thor Bjorgolfsson$32.713$3
Guernsey1Stephen Lansdown$215.834$2
Saint Kitts and Nevis1Myron Wentz$137.037$1
Liechtenstein1Christoph Zeller$225.71$2
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Which country has the most billionaires?

United States has the most billionaires, with 735.

Which country has the highest rate of billionaires?

Monaco has the highest rate of billionaires, with 78.74 billionaires per million population.

How many billionaires are there in the world?

According to the most recent data, there are 2,755 billionaires in the world.

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