Asia Pacific holds spot as top wealth market in the world
China and India were among the key emerging markets to spearhead the continued rise in Asia-Pacific’s High Net Worth Individual (HNWI) population and wealth in 2014, according to the Asia-Pacific Wealth Report 2015 (APWR), published today by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management.
HNWI is defined as having investable assets of US$1 million or more, excluding primary residence, collectibles, consumables, and consumer durables. Overall, Asia-Pacific saw its HNWI population grow 8.5 per cent in 2014 to 4.7 million people — one million more than just two years ago — while wealth increased 11.4 per cent to US$15.8 trillion, which leads all regions globally.
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“Asia-Pacific continues its tremendous run in wealth creation and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon,” said Barend Janssens, head of RBC Wealth Management Asia. “Despite some recent economic issues, the region’s wealth is expected to lead global growth and with this, will provide tremendous opportunities for the wealth management firms that are well positioned to meet the increasingly complex needs of HNWIs in Asia-Pacific.”
Asia-Pacific has already surpassed North America with the largest HNWI population (4.69 million versus 4.68 million), according to the recent World Wealth Report 2015, and is expected to overtake North America’s leading US$16.2 trillion in HNWI wealth by the end of the year.
Looking further ahead, HNWI wealth is expected to expand more in Asia-Pacific than in any other region in world with the majority of its new wealth expected to come from the emerging economies of China, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. China and India, in particular, have propelled Asia-Pacific HNWI wealth growth in recent years and are expected to continue to act as key drivers, both in the region and globally.
China and India represent nearly 10 per cent of global HNWI wealth, and account for 17 per cent of the global increase in new wealth since 2006, adding US$3.2 trillion during that time.
In 2014 alone, China saw its HNWI population grow by 17.5 per cent to 890,000, while the HNWI wealth increased 19.3 per cent to US$4.5 trillion. India, meanwhile, recorded the largest percentage point gains — in the region and globally — in HNWI population (26.3 per cent to 198,000) and wealth (28.2 per cent to US$785 billion).
HNWI wealth in Mature Asia, which includes Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and South Korea, grew by 7.0 per cent in 2014, and is expected to grow at a rate of 8.9 per cent through 2017 to reach US$12 trillion in wealth.
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Singapore increased its HNWI population and wealth at low rates of 2.2 per cent and 3.9 per cent, respectively, while Hong Kong grew its HNWI population and wealth at strong rates of 11.2 per cent and 13.1 per cent, respectively.
The report also found that Asia-Pacific’s ultra-HNWIs — those with more than US$30 million in investable assets — accounted for less than 1 per cent of the region’s millionaires in 2014, but generated over one quarter of the wealth.
Source: Asia-Pacific Wealth Report 2015
Source: World Wealth Report 2015
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We chart an historic week in India’s tech industry, where in just five days, between 5-9 April 2021, the country achieved six new unicorns, bringing India’s total to 10 in 2021 to date, an immense unicorn leap from just seven in 2020 and six in 2019.
April 5: Meesho
India’s first social commerce unicorn, Meesho raised US$300m from SoftBank, Facebook and Shunwei Capital, giving the Bangalore-based startup a US$2.1bn valuation, a threefold jump from its previous funding round in 2019. Founded in 2015 by two IIT-Delhi graduates, Meesho connects producers and resellers, helping small businesses sell through social media. It has 45m customers and has enabled 13m entrepreneurs to start their online businesses with no investment.
April 6: CRED
Founded just over two years ago, Bangalore-based credit card repayment app CRED raised US$215m from Falcon Edge Capital and Coatue, nearly trebling its valuation to US$2.2bn from its January US$80m round. Allowing customers to pay off their credit card debt while earning CRED coins which they cash in for rewards, CRED has grown rapidly during COVID-19, doubling its customer base to nearly 6 million in a year.
April 7: API Holdings / Groww
The first epharmacy startup to gain unicorn status, PharmEasy (API Holdings), which has digitised 60,000 brick and mortar pharmacies and 400 doctors across India, raised US$350m in a round led by Prosus Ventures. Founded by four former Flipkart employees as a way of making investing simple, investment platform Groww became India’s second-youngest fintech unicorn, raising US$83m in Series D funding led by Tiger Global, quadrupling its previous round in September.
April 8: ShareChat
New Delhi-grown social media startup ShareChat, founded in 2016 by Mohalla Tech raised US$502m from Lightspeed Ventures, Tiger Global, Twitter and Snap taking its raised total over six rounds to US$766m and pushing its valuation to US$2.1bn. The funding will be used to grow its user base and short video platform Moj, which launched in 2020 following TikTok’s ban in India. The regional language startup claims 280m users.
April 9: Gupshup
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