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Charted: Which Country Has the Most Billionaires in 2024?

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A chart showing the top countries with the most number of billionaires in 2024, sourced from the annual Hurun Global Rich list.

Charted: Which Country Has the Most Billionaires in 2024?

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

The world has always had people with incredible wealth: from Roman emperors to John D. Rockefeller who became the world’s first billionaire in measurable dollars. But where do the very wealthiest people live right now?

We visualize the countries with the most billionaires in 2024, sourced from the annual Hurun Global Rich list. A country and city aggregate is also available here.

A caveat to this data. Total wealth estimates are notoriously difficult to get right, and different sources can vary in their billionaire data. For example, Forbes, switches ranks for the U.S. and China, though the overall top three remain the same.

Forbes also has Bernard Arnault as the current richest individual, while Hurun places Elon Musk atop the ranks. Nevertheless, their overall top 10 is similar with a few ranking differences.

Ranked: Countries with the Most Billionaires in 2024

China has 814 billionaires, the most in the world, according to the Hurun Global Rich List 2024. Despite holding on to the top spot, China lost 155 billionaires year-over-year, while the U.S. gained 109. The gap between the two countries has now reduced to just 14 billionaires.

RankCountryBillionairesChange YoY
1๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China814-155
2๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.800+109
3๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India271+84
4๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK146+12
5๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany140-4
6๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland106+6
7๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia76+6
8๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy69+11
9๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France68-4
10๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil64+13
11๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada53+8
12๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand49+3
13๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia47+12
14๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia450
15๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan44+12
16๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore42+5
17๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea37+4
18๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel29+9
19๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain27+1
20๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden25-2
N/A๐ŸŒ Other327N/A

Together, the U.S. and China account for nearly half of the 3,279 billionaires globally, leagues ahead of closest peers, #3 India (271) and #4 UK (146).

Collectively however, European countries account for six of the top 10 and eight of the top 20 countries with the most billionaires.

Naturally, the worldโ€™s largest economies tend to be overrepresented on billionaire counts, as they provide more opportunities for wealth creation.

Switzerland, Singapore, and Sweden are outliers in this regard, with only one of them making the top 20 economies by total gross domestic product.

All three countries are perceived to have high tax rates, generally not conducive to amassing wealth. But perceptions can be misleading. Sweden, for example, has no inheritance tax, a flat rate on capital gains, and a corporate tax rate at 21%.

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Visualizing the Tax Burden of Every U.S. State

Tax burden measures the percent of an individual’s income that is paid towards taxes. See where it’s the highest by state in this graphic.

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Visualizing the Tax Burden of Every U.S. State

This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources.

This map graphic visualizes the total tax burden in each U.S. state as of March 2024, based on figures compiled by WalletHub.

It’s important to understand that under this methodology, the tax burden measures the percent of an average person’s income that is paid towards state and local taxes. It considers property taxes, income taxes, and sales & excise tax.

Data and Methodology

The figures we used to create this graphic are listed in the table below.

StateTotal Tax Burden
New York12.0%
Hawaii11.8%
Vermont11.1%
Maine10.7%
California10.4%
Connecticut10.1%
Minnesota10.0%
Illinois9.7%
New Jersey9.5%
Rhode Island9.4%
Utah9.4%
Kansas9.3%
Maryland9.3%
Iowa9.2%
Nebraska9.2%
Ohio8.9%
Indiana8.9%
Arkansas8.8%
Mississippi8.8%
Massachusetts8.6%
Virginia8.5%
West Virginia8.5%
Oregon8.4%
Colorado8.4%
Pennsylvania8.4%
Wisconsin8.3%
Louisiana8.3%
Kentucky8.3%
Washington8.0%
New Mexico8.0%
Michigan8.0%
North Carolina7.9%
Idaho7.9%
Arizona7.8%
Missouri7.8%
Georgia7.7%
Texas7.6%
Alabama7.5%
Montana7.5%
South Carolina7.5%
Nevada7.4%
Oklahoma7.0%
North Dakota6.8%
South Dakota6.4%
Delaware6.4%
Tennessee6.1%
Florida6.1%
Wyoming5.7%
New Hampshire5.6%
Alaska4.9%

From this data we can see that New York has the highest total tax burden. Residents in this state will pay, on average, 12% of their income to state and local governments.

Breaking this down into its three components, the average New Yorker pays 4.6% of their income on income taxes, 4.4% on property taxes, and 3% in sales & excise taxes.

At the other end of the spectrum, Alaska has the lowest tax burden of any state, equaling 4.9% of income. This is partly due to the fact that Alaskans do not pay state income tax.

Hate Paying Taxes?

In addition to Alaska, there are several other U.S. states that don’t charge income taxes. These are: Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.

It’s also worth noting that New Hampshire does not have a regular income tax, but does charge a flat 4% on interest and dividend income according to the Tax Foundation.

Learn More About Taxation From Visual Capitalist

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out this graphic which ranks the countries with the lowest corporate tax rates, from 1980 to today.

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