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Our latest edition, the Wealth-X Billionaire Census 2019, analyzes the status of the world’s
billionaires, who, despite being modest in number — and falling in 2018 — hold immense
wealth and wield a signifcant inﬂuence over the global economy.
We explore the drivers behind this fall in the global billionaire population, the role of fnancial
markets and the impact of key political and economic developments on billionaire net worth.
We examine regional trends, from the signifcant decline in billionaire numbers and wealth in
Asia-Pacifc, to a more variable performance in the US. We draw on our extensive knowledge
base to rank the leading billionaire countries and cities of the world.
We analyze the main asset holdings, industry concentration, gender distribution and sources
of wealth in the global billionaire class. The report also delves into the interests and passions
of the world’s billionaire population, mining data to highlight the diversity among billionaires
of diﬀering wealth levels, and undertaking a particular focus on philanthropy and sport.
The Billionaire Census 2019 also examines the key characteristics of four archetypal groups
based around geography: those from the US, China and Germany, the top three billionaire
countries. This deep-drill reveals contrasting trends across the selected billionaire groups.
Wealth-X’s comprehensive database of billionaires (as defned by net worth) provides an
unrivaled insight into the status of the world’s wealthiest individuals, their characteristics and
what makes them tick; and the issues that will have an impact on their future wealth creation.