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The Billionaire Census 2020

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7th edition of the Billionaire Census offers a comprehensive study of developments across the global billionaire population. Free download.

Wealth-X presents: The Billionaire Census 2020.

The seventh edition of this unique report analyzes the status of the world’s billionaire population, a modest number of individuals who hold immense wealth and significant influence over the global economy.

While prior editions of the Billionaire Census showcased only data from the previous year, this new report also includes key intelligence from the first months of 2020 to provide early insight into the economic impact of COVID-19.

In 2019, the size of the global billionaire population increased strongly, rising by 8.5% to 2,825 individuals, more than reversing the previous year’s decline and reaching an all-time high.  The combined wealth of the world’s billionaires outpaced the population’s growth in 2019, rising by 10.3% to $9.4 trillion.


  • The global billionaire population grew by 8.5% in 2019, more than reversing the previous year’s decline
  • The combined wealth of billionaires outpaced the population’s growth in 2019, rising by 10.3% to $9.4 trillion
  • China’s billionaire population expanded the most rapidly, though the U.S. is still home to the largest number of billionaires
  • Billionaire net worth has been impacted by the economic fallout from COVID-19 in 2020
  • Over 10% of the world’s billionaires have donated toward the fight against COVID-19
  • Billionaires pledging to COVID-19 causes differ from traditional major billionaire donors

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  • The number and wealth of billionaires by region
  • Analysis of the main asset holdings, gender distribution, industry concentration and sources of wealth in the global billionaire population
  • A ranking of the leading billionaire countries and cities of the world
  • The leading interests and passions of the world’s billionaires
  • An archetypal comparison of “typical” billionaire major donors versus those who have given to organizations fighting COVID-19