In January 2024, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa welcomed Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE into the BRICS bloc. The expanded group is increasing its share of global wealth, challenging the world order, and establishing itself as a powerful rival to the G7 and other international institutions. Henley & Partners’ inaugural BRICS Wealth Report features exclusive wealth data from global wealth intelligence firm, New World Wealth, along with insightful commentaries from leading experts. Read the methodology and the press release.
Henley & Partners, the leading international residence and citizenship advisory firm, has collaborated with global wealth intelligence firm New World Wealth to produce the inaugural BRICS Wealth Report.
New World Wealth is currently the only known independent wealth research firm systematically tracking global wealth migration trends between countries and cities. The firm tracks the movements of over 150,000 high-net-worth individuals in its in-house database, with a special focus on those with over USD 30 million in listed company holdings. The database’s primary focus is on company founders (50%+ of the database) and affluent individuals from high-value companies who hold the following positions: chairperson, CEO, president, director, and managing partner.
New World Wealth relies primarily on this database when assessing the city wealth breakdowns featured in this report. The firm uses various public sources to check city locations, including LinkedIn and other business portals. The data also takes into account prime property statistics — specifically, it considers the number of highly priced homes in each city/area.
Note: It should be noted that New World Wealth never gives out the names of the individuals in its database, which it uses purely for in-house statistical studies.
For the purpose of this report, ‘wealth’ refers to an individual’s investable wealth, which includes only their liquid investable assets, namely, listed company holdings, cash holdings, and debt-free residential property holdings.
The terms ‘millionaires’ or ‘high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs)’ refer to individuals with investable wealth of USD 1 million or more.
The term ‘centi-millionaires’ refers to individuals with investable wealth of USD 100 million or more.
The term ‘billionaires’ refers to individuals with investable wealth of USD 1 billion or more.
‘Wealth growth’ refers to the rise or drop in the number of millionaires over a certain period in percentage terms. New World Wealth’s forecasts take into account:
‘Wealth per capita’ refers to the average ‘investable wealth’ of a person in each country. Countries with the highest wealth per capita globally include Monaco and Switzerland.
We consider wealth to be a far better measure of the financial health of an economy than GDP. The reasons for this include:
Wealth figures, on the other hand, have none of these limitations, making them a far more accurate gauge of the true financial health of an economy than its GDP figures.
New World Wealth was established in 2013 and has been tracking the movements and spending habits of the world’s wealthiest people for over a decade. The firm has an impressive track record in providing robust, reliable wealth data and insights for key publications, such as Knight Frank’s Wealth Report, AfrAsia Bank’s Global Wealth Migration Review, and Henley & Partners’ Africa Wealth Report, Centi-Millionaire Report, Crypto Wealth Report, USA Wealth Report, and World’s Wealthiest Cities Report as well as the Henley Private Wealth Migration Dashboard and the Henley Wealth and Sustainability Report. The firm’s reports and findings have been referenced by the Australian and UK governments, as well as by global news outlets such as the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, Forbes, the New York Times, Robb Report, and the Telegraph.
For more information on New World Wealth, please visit newworldwealth.com
The exclusive passport power, global and economic mobility, and openness data for BRICS members is derived from the Henley Passport Index, the Henley Openness Index, and the Henley Passport Power Index and include World Bank GDP and population figures.
The Henley Passport Index is the original, authoritative ranking of 199 world passports, assessing the travel freedom granted to citizens based on the number of destinations accessible without a prior visa. The complete methodology is available here.
The Henley Openness Index is the authoritative ranking of 199 countries/territories worldwide according to the number of nationalities each allows to cross its borders without a prior visa. This index offers valuable insights into a country’s global openness and its capacity to attract international visitors for both tourism and trade. The complete methodology is detailed here.
Henley Passport Power evaluates countries based on the percentage of global GDP to which their passport holders have visa-free access. The maximum score is 100, signifying unrestricted access to 100% of global GDP. The complete methodology is available here.
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The BRICS Wealth Report was published on 30 January 2024.