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First global census shows record of 2.170 billionaires worldwide

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Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2013 shows Asia as fastest growing region with 18 new billionaires in 2013

The inaugural Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2013, released today, reveals that the global billionaire population reached a record 2,170 individuals in 2013 and total billionaire wealth in Asia surged nearly 13 percent, making it the fastest-growing region.

At current growth rates, the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2013, the first-ever comprehensive global study on this ultra wealth tier, forecasts that Asia will catch up with North America in five years. Asia also saw the highest percentage rise in billionaire population (3.7% from 2012) and total wealth (13%) in 2013, suggesting that it is driving the tectonic shifts in wealth globally.

The report also shows that 810 individuals became billionaires since the 2009 global financial crisis. The billionaire population’s combined net worth more than doubled from US$3.1 trillion in 2009 to US$6.5 trillion in 2013 – enough to fund the United States budget deficit until 2024, and greater than the GDP of every country except the United States and China.

The report – which looks at the global billionaire population from July 2012 to June 2013 – examines this tier of the ultra affluent population by region, country, gender and the sources of their wealth.

Below are other key findings from the inaugural report:

  • The global billionaire population rose by 0.5 percent and their total wealth increased by 5.3 percent in the past year.
  • Europe is home to the most billionaires (766 individuals). However, North America has the most billionaire wealth (US$2,158 billion).
  • Asia contributed the largest number of new billionaires (18) this year, followed by North America (11).
  • Latin America is the slowest growing region in terms of billionaire wealth, increasing by just 2.3 percent in the past year.
  • As of 2013, the average net worth of the world’s billionaires is US$3 billion.
  • Globally, there are 111 individuals who each have a net worth that exceeds US$10 billion. Their combined net worth is over US$1.9 trillion, greater than the GDP of Canada.
  • Despite popular notions of billionaires being jet-setting, cosmopolitan individuals, most billionaires are still based in the same locations where they were raised.
  • 60 percent of billionaires are self-made, while 40 percent inherited their wealth or grew their fortunes from inheritance.
  • Only 17 percent of female billionaires are self-made, while 71 percent gained their fortunes through inheritance.

“Wealth-X is pleased to partner with UBS for our second joint report on the world’s ultra wealthy population,” Wealth-X CEO Mykolas D. Rambus said. “Expert commentary from UBS complements Wealth-X’s global intelligence on the world’s billionaire population, producing a report that demonstrates a true collaboration between the global leader in wealth management and the world’s leading UHNW intelligence provider.”

"UBS has had the privilege of serving the world's most successful families for more than 150 years, and we are delighted to partner with Wealth-X in presenting the first Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census," said Chi-Won Yoon, CEO of UBS Asia Pacific. "In Asia, most billionaires are entrepreneurs who remain heavily involved in their family businesses. UBS is uniquely positioned to meet the demands of this highly sophisticated clientele by offering world-class capabilities seamlessly integrated across our wealth management, investment bank and global asset management businesses."

For the report’s microsite and additional video commentaries by Wealth-X and UBS executives, visit http://www.billionairecensus.com/

About Wealth-X

Wealth-X is the definitive source of intelligence on the ultra wealthy with the world’s largest collection of curated research on UHNW individuals, defined as those with assets of US$30 million and above. The firm’s Wealth-X Professional solution is the standard for banking, luxury marketing and not-for-profit professionals working with the ultra affluent. Headquartered in Singapore, Wealth-X has 12 offices across five continents. (http://www.wealthx.com/)

About UBS

UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Its business strategy is centered on its pre-eminent global wealth management businesses and its universal bank in Switzerland. Together with a client-focused Investment Bank and a strong, well-diversified Global Asset Management business, UBS will expand its premier wealth management franchise and drive further growth across the Group.

UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in more than 50 countries, with about 35 percent of its employees working in the Americas, 36 percent in Switzerland, 17 percent in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 12 percent in Asia Pacific. UBS employs about 61,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). (www.ubs.com)

Wealth-X media contact:

Fauzi Ahmad +65 8653 6514 fahmad@wealthx.com

UBS media contact:

Fiona Chan +852 2971 8837 fiona-y.chan@ubs.com

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