Billionaire innovators and disruptors, active in tech, health care and industry, are contributing to reshaping the economy at a faster pace than ever before, according to a report.
Financial service companies UBS and PwC jointly released their annual Billionaires Insights report, saying billionaires are set to support a new era of innovation to drive rebuilding of the global economy.
It was noted that total billionaire wealth reached a record of US$10.2 trillion at the end of July 2020, of which the Chinese mainland contributed 17 percent.
Over the past decade, global billionaires have doubled in number and their total wealth has more than tripled. By July 2020, there were 2,189 billionaires, up from 969 at the end of 2009, according to the report.
Total billionaire wealth reached US$10.2 trillion at the end of July, a new high after the year’s V-shaped rebound in asset prices which surpassed the previous peak of US$8.9 trillion reached at the end of 2017.
The Asia-Pacific region had the highest number of billionaires (831), with half of them from China, the world’s second-largest billionaire group.
The total number of Chinese billionaires increased, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, to a record 415 individuals, including 145 new entrants, the highest globally in 2020.
Total wealth in China grew by 71 percent between 2018 and the end of July this year to US$1.7 trillion. Some 98 percent of the billionaire population in China is self-made, compared with 60 percent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and 72 percent in the United States.