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India ranks third in increase of UHNWI population: Knight Frank

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Knight Frank on Wednesday released its 10th edition of the Wealth Report. This yearly issue provides a unique insight into the attitudes of ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) towards property, investments and spending patterns across the globe and provides an annual analysis of wealth flow and property investment around the world.

Key takeaways – India

In the last 10 years, billionaire counts in India jumped by 333 per cent to 78 people; global growth was just 68 per cent to 1,919 people

In the last 10 years, UHNWI count in India rose by 340 per cent to 6,020 people; global growth was just 61 per cent to 1,87,468 people

India to account for 5 per cent of the total UHNWI population and 6 per cent of the billionaire population across the world by 2025


India ranks third in absolute increase in UHNWI* populations over the next 10 years; after US (1st) and China (2nd)

Out of 97 cities globally, Mumbai and Delhi currently ranked at 21 and 33 respectively; slated to move up to ranks 14 and 29 respectively by 2025

Currently, with 1,094 UHNWIs, Mumbai leads in India followed by Delhi with 545. The next decade will see Mumbai increase to 2,243 and Delhi to 1,128 UHNWIs

Average number of residential properties owned by wealthy Indians stands at 4; highest in the world – the global average stands at 3.7

Fine arts and antiques have replaced watches; while jewellery continues to be the most preferred collectible investments followed by cars & bikes


In the last 10 years 31 per cent Indians UHNWIs increased their asset allocations to residential real estate (primary or secondary home) and the number is likely to drop to 22 per cent by 2025

Indian UHNWIs saw an increase of 78 per cent in philanthropic activities in the past 10 years and the number will be around 94 per cent over the next 10 years (by 2025)

78 per cent of women in India have taken a more significant role in managing family wealth as against 82 per cent globally

Around 91 per cent of UHNWIs in India are involving their children in their business at an early age as compared to 73 per cent globally

Bengaluru among top 20 cities globally for investment according to Prime Investment Residential Index (PIRI); Delhi and Mumbai rank 44 and 51 respectively in the list


Dr. Samantak Das, Chief Economist & National Director – Research, Knight Frank India said, “Even though the rate of growth in the number of Indian UHNWIs (wealthy Indians) over the next ten years in India will slow down, it will still be much higher than the global average. Globally, India’s share of UHNWI population, which was one percent in 2005, will continue to grow and is expected to increase to five per cent in 2025. Among Indian cities, Mumbai leads the pack followed by New Delhi. Going forward, Mumbai will continue to maintain its number one position but the rate of growth in UHNWI population will be marginally higher in New Delhi than in Mumbai. Financial instruments remain the preferred investment asset class among wealthy Indians. Within real estate sector, commercial asset class is preferred over residential segment. Wealthy Indians will maintain this status quo with regards their investment preferences in future.”

Nicholas Holt, Head of Research for Asia Pacific said, “While the slowdown in China continues, the growth trajectory of Asia’s other giant, India, continues to be a positive story for the region. The strength and diversity of the Indian economy will continue to provide entrepreneurial and wealth growth opportunities, with the country set to see a doubling of its UHNWI population over the next 10 years. This growth in wealth, not only at the UHNWI level, but also across other wealth brackets will be a key driver in the demand for prime residential property in the key Indian cities going forward.”