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India to have over 300,000 millionaires by 2018: Credit Suisse

Last Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 00:07

Mumbai: The number of millionaires in the country is expected to jump over 66 percent at 3.02 lakh by 2018, even as 94 percent of India's population has wealth below USD 10,000, according to a global wealth report.

At present, the country has 1.82 lakh millionaires, Credit Suisse Research Institute said in its fourth Annual Global Wealth Report 2013 released here on Wednesday.

"As the world's largest democracy with a strong federal structure and vibrant markets, Indian wealth has seen rapid growth since 2000. Wealth per adult has risen by 135 percent from USD 2000 in 2000 to USD 4,700 in 2013 at an average annual rate of 8 percent," Credit Suisse head of India equity research, Toral Munshi said.

But the 35 percent rise in the adult population caused aggregating wealth to more than triple during the same period, the report said.

"In US dollar terms, there was a significant contraction in 2008, mostly due to the depreciation of the rupee ... The rupee took another dive in 2011-12, prompting a 20 per cent decline in wealth in USD terms," the report noted.

However, wealth per capita has grown quite steadily since 2000, managing an average annual rate of 8 percent, the report said.

Observing that the wealth in India rose by 7.4 percent to USD 3.4 trillion in mid-2013, the report said wealth per adult in the country is expected to rise at a CAGR of 9.3 percent at USD 6,600 by 2018.

The report noted that only 0.4 percent of the Indian population has net worth of over USD 1-lakh but added, " however, due to the country's large population this translates into 2.8 million people.

India has 2.54 lakh members of the top 1 percent of global wealth holders, which equates to a 0.5 percent share. the Credit Suisse report said.

"Along with most countries in the developing world, personal wealth in India is heavily skewed towards property and other real assets, which make up 86 percent of household assets. Personal debts are recorded at only USD 296 per adult," Credit Suisse report said.

However, it is thought that household liabilities may be significantly under-reported in the large and well-established household survey used to estimate debt in India, so the figure may be much higher, it said.

According to the report, while wealth has been rising strongly in India, and the ranks of the middle class and wealth have been swelling, not every one has been part of this growth story and there is still a great deal of poverty.

"This is reflected in the fact that 94 percent of the adult population has wealth below USD 10,000," the report added.

There are 1,760 ultra high net worth individuals with wealth over USD 50 million and 770 UHNWIs with more than USD 100 million in India, the report added.

First Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 17:47
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