This report’s findings, which build upon UBS/PwC’s Billionaires Report released in May 2015, "Master architects of great wealth and lasting legacies," revealed that the number of female billionaires is growing faster than the number of their male counterparts. Women have been controlling greater average wealth than men and becoming more influential in family businesses, philanthropic enterprises and governance. The report also highlights the fleeting nature of great wealth, finding that only 126 billionaires or 44% of the class of 1995 are billionaires today. It underscores the strategies these prevailing billionaires have employed to build and preserve lasting legacies.
Looking back 20 years, we surveyed 1,300 people in the 14 markets that account for 75% of global billionaire wealth.