In FY17, India saw 20% rise in $ millionaires

Despite an adverse impact on GST implementation, India saw a 20% increase in both the number of dollar millionaires and their wealth in 2017 to emerge as the fastest growing market for high net population.

French tech firm Capgemini’s report, which comes amid growing concerns over social ramifications of asymmetry in wealth distribution, said the number of HNIs grew over 20% to 2.6 lakh people, while their collective wealth grew 21% to over $1 trillion. “India was the fastest growing market globally,” the report said.

The country’s growth on both the number of HNIs and wealth is faster than the global average of 11.2% and 12%, respectively. The US, Japan, Germany and China are the biggest HNI markets in the world, it said, adding that the show in 2017 has increased India’s ranking to 11th. According to the report, an HNI is defined as one who has investable assets of over $1million.

One of the major reasons for the growth was an over 50% surge in market capitalisation during the year, along with an average 4.8% increase in realty prices and the 6.7% GDP expansion, which is faster than the world. There was an adverse effect on wealth due to the implementation of GST in July, but the report called it “transitory”.

Other factors, like the monetary policy being steady, impact of demonetisation wearing off and higher savings rate helped in wealth creation, it said. It can be noted that in January, a study had stated that the top 1% of the over 1.2 billion population had cornered 73% of the overall wealth generated during the year.

Besides, 67 crore Indians comprising the population’s poorest half saw their wealth rise by just 1%, according to the survey released by the international rights group Oxfam ahead of the annual World Economic Forum had said. 

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