The financial concept of wealth is broad, and it can take many forms.

While your wealth is most likely driven by the dollars in your bank account and the value of your stock portfolio and house, wealth also includes a number of smaller things as well, such as the old furniture in your garage or a painting on the wall.

From the macro perspective of a country, wealth is even more all-encompassing — it’s not just about the assets held by private households or businesses, but also those owned by the public. What is the value of a new toll bridge, or an aging nuclear power plant?

Today’s visualization comes to us from, and it shows all of the world’s wealth in one place, sorted by country.

Total Wealth by Region

In 2019, total world wealth grew by $9.1 trillion to $360.6 trillion, which amounts to a 2.6% increase over the previous year.

Here’s how that divvies up between major global regions:

Region Total Wealth ($B, 2019) % Global Share
World $360,603 100.0%
North America $114,607 31.8%
Europe $90,752 25.2%
Asia-Pacific $64,778 18.0%
China $63,827 17.7%
India $12,614 3.5%
Latin America $9,906 2.7%
Africa $4,119 1.1%

Last year, growth in global wealth exceeded that of the population, incrementally increasing wealth per adult to $70,850, a 1.2% bump and an all-time high.

That said, it’s worth mentioning that Credit Suisse, the authors of the Global Wealth Report 2019 and the source of all this data, notes that the 1.2% increase has not been adjusted for inflation.

Ranking Countries by Total Wealth

Which countries are the richest?

Let’s take a look at the 15 countries that hold the most wealth, according to Credit Suisse:

Rank Country Region Total Wealth ($B, 2019) % Global Share
Global Total $360,603 100.0%
#1 ?? United States North America $105,990 29.4%
#2 ?? China China $63,827 17.7%
#3 ?? Japan Asia-Pacific $24,992 6.9%
#4 ?? Germany Europe $14,660 4.1%
#5 ?? United Kingdom Europe $14,341 4.0%
#6 ?? France Europe $13,729 3.8%
#7 ?? India India $12,614 3.5%
#8 ?? Italy Europe $11,358 3.1%
#9 ?? Canada North America $8,573 2.4%
#10 ?? Spain Europe $7,772 2.2%
#11 ?? South Korea Asia-Pacific $7,302 2.0%
#12 ?? Australia Asia-Pacific $7,202 2.0%
#13 ?? Taiwan Asia-Pacific $4,062 1.1%
#14 ?? Switzerland Europe $3,877 1.1%
#15 ?? Netherlands Europe $3,719 1.0%
All Other Countries $56,585 15.7%

The 15 wealthiest nations combine for 84.3% of global wealth.

Leading the pack is the United States, which holds $106.0 trillion of the world’s wealth — equal to a 29.4% share of the global total. Interestingly, the United States economy makes up 23.9% of the size of the world economy in comparison.

Behind the U.S. is China, the only other country with a double-digit share of global wealth, equal to 17.7% of wealth or $63.8 trillion. As the country continues to build out its middle class, one estimate sees Chinese private wealth increasing by 119.5% over the next decade.

Impressively, the combined wealth of the U.S. and China is more than the next 13 countries in aggregate — and almost equal to half of the global wealth total.

Republished by permission of Visual Capitalist.

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