There are over 2700 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 grew again in 2021.
What country has the most billionaires?
The ten countries with the highest numbers of billionaires are:
- United States - 724
- China - 698
- India - 177
- Germany - 136
- Russia - 117
- Hong Kong - 71
- Brazil - 65
- Canada - 64
- United Kingdom - 56
- Italy - 51
Together, these countries have 2159 billionaires, about 78.4% of the global total. Of these countries, Hong Kong has the most billionaires per million people, with 8.83.
How many billionaires are there in the world?
According to Forbes’s 2021 list of billionaires, there are 2,755 billionaires worldwide. This is 660 higher than 2020’s number, with a record high of 493 new billionaires were added to the list. In addition, 86% of them are wealthier than a year ago.
The United States has the most billionaires, with 724, followed by China (including Hong Kong and Macao) with 698. These two countries account for over 50% of the world’s billionaires.
The top billionaire and world’s richest individual is Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, worth $177 billion. Tesla CEO Elon Musk follows, worth $151 billion. Together, the world’s billionaires are worth $13.1 trillion, up from $8 trillion in 2020.