We’ve talked quite a bit in the past about the foreign oligarch demand-driven boom in Manhattan real estate prices and the dollar strength-induced bust in the market for luxury Miami condos. As the dollar continues to surge and signs emerge that the hot money laundering trade may be waning, here are some clues as to where the 0.002 percenters of the world can be found going forward.
Mapping the number of people with $30 million or more in assets by city…
...and the breakdown looks like this…
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Things have changed since the last edition of the report. Now London is on top, besting New York City, which fell to fourth place. San Francisco, previously number four, has fallen out of the top 20 entirely. Singapore rises into the top 10, to number three, and Hong Kong is up three spots from 2013, to five. The top 10 also has two new European entrants: Frankfurt has the sixth most ultra-high-net individuals, and Paris has the seventh. Osaka, Beijing, and Zurich round out the top 10.
The dominance of Asian cities illustrates a larger trend. For the first time, Asia overtook North America as the region with the second-largest growth in ultra-high-net individuals. The wealthy in Asia also now hold more money overall than those in North America: $5.9 trillion compared to $5.5 trillion. However, Europe still reigns supreme, with the greatest growth in the number of super-rich and with the wealthiest super-rich overall. Europe’s high-net individuals hold $6.4 trillion.
As it turns out, Russian oligarchs are especially keen to relocate:
Not surprisingly, the global super-rich are a highly mobile bunch. According to Knight Frank’s survey of some 500 leading bankers and wealth advisors across the globe, the world’s super-rich continue to flee Russia and Asia* to stash money in real estate in North American and European cities. Russians are the most likely to be looking elsewhere, as the table below shows.