Curious about who makes up the 1%? We did a deep dive into the most fascinating statistics about millionaires (and billionaires) to give you an idea of who the world’s wealthiest are, how much they’re worth, and how they got there.
To paint a clear picture, we’ve broken down our data into people, demographics, and trends.
Top Millionaire Statistics
- Elon Musk is currently the wealthiest person in the world, with a net worth of $219 billion.
- In 2021, there were an estimated 62.5 million millionaires worldwide.
- There are approximately 22 million millionaires in the United States and 724 billionaires.
- The US has the highest number of millionaires overall, but Switzerland has the most millionaires in the world per capita.
- The majority of US millionaires are 60-79 years old.
- In 2020, 88% of US billionaires were male.
According to data from Forbes World Billionaire’s List, these individuals are the wealthiest of the wealthy. In this section, we’ll look at who tops the list worldwide and in the US.
Who Are the World’s Wealthiest People?
In 2021, there were 2,755 billionaires worldwide, up from 2,096 in 2020.
Eight of the top 10 wealthiest people are from the United States, along with Bernard Arnault from France and Mukesh Ambani from India.
Here’s a breakdown of the world’s wealthiest and what they do:
|Elon Musk||$219 billion||Tesla, SpaceX|
|Jeff Bezos||$171 billion||Amazon|
|Bernard Arnault||$158 billion||LVMH|
|Bill Gates||$129 billion||Microsoft|
|Warren Buffet||$118 billion||Berkshire Hathaway|
|Larry Page||$111 billion|
|Sergey Brin||$107 billion|
|Larry Ellison||$106 billion||Oracle (software)|
|Steve Balmer||$91.4 billion||Microsoft|
|Mukesh Ambani||$90.7 billion||Reliance Industries|
Wealthiest People in the United States in 2022
When we isolate the list of the world’s wealthiest to Americans, Michael Bloomberg and Mark Zuckerberg join the list, with net worths of $82 billion and $67.3 billion, respectively.
- Elon Musk
- Jeff Bezos
- Bill Gates
- Warren Buffet
- Larry Page
- Sergey Brin
- Larry Ellison
- Steve Balmer
- Michael Bloomberg
- Mark Zuckerberg
Wealthiest Women in the United States in 2023
|Alice Walton||$65.3 billion||Walmart|
|Julia Koch and family||$60 billion||Koch Industries|
|MacKenzie Scott||$43.6 billion||Amazon|
|Jacqueline Mars||$31.7 billion||Mars (candy)|
|Miriam Adelson||$27.5 billion||Las Vegas Sands (casinos)|
|Abigal Johnson||$21.2 billion||Fidelity Investments|
|Laurene Powell Jobs and family||$16.4 billion||Apple, Disney|
|Diane Hendricks||$10.7 billion||ABC Supply (roofing)|
|Ann Walton Kroenke||$9 billion||Walmart|
|Pauline Macmillian Keinath||$8.8 billion||Cargill|
Only one of the wealthiest women in the US falls in the top 20 wealthiest people in the world, Alice Walton, with a net worth of $65.3 billion.
When looking at the world’s top 50 wealthiest people overall, the following women are included:
- Alice Walton
- Julia Koch
- MacKenzie Scott
- Jacqueline Mars
- Miriam Adelson
Here’s a look into the demographics of millionaires in the US and abroad. We’ll look at millionaires through lenses like gender, age, location, and ethnicity.
At least 87% of billionaires in the US—and the world—are men.
Around one-third of America’s millionaires are women, but there is a larger discrepancy when it comes to billionaires.
According to Statista, this is the breakdown of billionaires by gender:
Most millionaires in the US are 60-79 years old.
More data published by Statista suggests two-thirds of US millionaires are 60-79 years old.
Another 23% of Americans with a net worth of $1 million or more are 50-59, with a small percentage of millionaires being 40 or younger.
Approximately 1.79 million of the 22 million millionaires in the US are under 30.
New Jersey has the highest ratio of millionaire households in the US.
9.76% of households in New Jersey had at least $1 million in assets, according to the Statista Research Department’s 2022 study.
According to this data, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Hawaii have the most millionaires per capita in the United States.
College-educated white and Asian people may have the highest odds of becoming a millionaire in the US.
Researchers from the St. Louis Fed set out to estimate how ethnicity impacts your likelihood of becoming a millionaire, analyzing data from the Federal Reserve’s previous Surveys of Consumer Finances in a Bloomberg report.
They determined the odds of becoming a millionaire in the US as a middle-aged person with a Bachelor’s degree by race:
- Asian: 3%
- White: 5%
- Black: 4%
Their data suggests that the biggest wealth gap is between black and white Americans with graduate degrees. While a graduate degree increases a white American’s odds of becoming a millionaire to 37%, it only increases a black graduate degree holder’s odds to 6.7%.
62% of millionaires received their degrees from a state school or public university.
The majority of millionaires in the US (88%) have a college degree. But according to Ramsey Solutions’ National Study of Millionaires, nearly 2/3 of millionaires graduated from a public university or a state school.
Only 8% of millionaires obtained their degrees from an elite or Ivy League school.
More millionaires have graduate degrees than members of the general public.
On the topic of education, the study did find that 52% of millionaires have earned a Masters or a Doctorate degree. To compare, 13% of the general population report having a graduate degree.
Most millionaires got there by investing in an employer-sponsored 401k plan rather than inheriting money or earning high salaries.
Some people assume most wealthy individuals were born with a silver spoon, but the numbers disagree. 79% of the Ramsey Solutions Study’s millionaires said they received zero inheritance from their parents or relatives.
In fact, 8 out of 10 millionaires featured in the survey said they made their fortune by investing in their company’s 401k.
And 70% of respondents said they didn’t even make six-figure salaries during their careers.
Most millionaires don’t serve in leadership positions at companies.
The survey busted open even more misconceptions about millionaires, revealing that only 15% of millionaires serve(d) in senior-level positions like CEO, CFO, or VP at their companies.
Out of the 10,000 millionaires featured in the survey, these were the top 5 most common careers:
Traits of American Millionaires
So what do millionaires have in common? According to a study from Coldwell Banker Luxury, here’s a profile of the average US millionaire.
Trends and Projections
In this section, we’ll recap some big-picture data points and present the outlook for millionaires in the future.
Most millionaires live in the United States and China.
According to Credit Suisse, 51% of the world’s wealthiest people call the United States or China home.
Here’s a look at the percentage of millionaires living in the top 5 wealthiest nations based on the number of millionaire households:
- United States: 40%
- China: 11%
- Japan: 6%
- United Kingdom: 5%
- Germany and France: 4% each
The number of millionaire households in the US has steadily climbed every year since 2009.
Take a look at the change in the number of millionaire households in the US over 15 years from Statista. Excluding the Great Recession of 2008, the number of millionaires in the country has increased every year.
In 2013, the number of millionaire households surpassed the previous record set in 2007.
The number of millionaires in the US is predicted to keep climbing through 2025.
Credit Suisse predicts the number of millionaires in the United States will increase by 13% by the year 2026.
That’s an estimated increase from 24.48 million to 27.66 million millionaires in the nation.
The number of people with more than $50 million increased by more than 50% in the last two years.
Alongside the growth in millionaire households, there has been a major increase in ultra-high-net-worth individuals, according to Credit Suisse.
The Global Wealth Report indicates that there were 264,200 ultra-high-net-worth people—individuals who have a net worth of $50 million or higher—at the end of 2021. At the end of 2019, the number of UHNW individuals was 175,200.
How Much Money Do the World’s Millionaires Have?
To give you some perspective, here’s an overview of the wealth range of today’s millionaires, using data from the Global Wealth Report:
The US gained the most UNHNW individuals in the last year, making a major contribution to the over $50 million club.
It will be interesting to see how the millionaire community grows and changes in the years to come as more households reach millionaire status.
Millionaires come from all walks of life and careers, and there’s more potential now than ever to become a millionaire.
And the great news is that most millionaires don’t start out with an inheritance or an Ivy League degree.
As the survey shows, becoming a millionaire takes hard work and investing in your future. With a solid financial strategy in place, becoming a millionaire might be more achievable than you thought.
- World’s Billionaires List, Forbes
- 2022 Global Wealth Report, Credit Suisse
- Countries with the Highest Proportion of Millionaires in 2020, Statista
- Distribution of Billionaires in the United States by Gender, Statista
- Distribution of Billionaires Around the World in 2021 by Gender, Statista
- American States with the Highest Ratio of Millionaire Households, Statista
- What Are Your Odds of Becoming a Millionaire? Bloomberg
- The National Study of Millionaires, Ramsey Solutions
- A Look at Wealth 2019, Coldwell Banker Luxury
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