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Millionaires and Billionaires

  1. The average millionaire goes bankrupt at least 3.5 times.h
  2. In the United States, approximately 7% of households are millionaires.h
  3. A 2010 study argues that millionaires (those in the top 1% of earners) pay approximately 40% of all taxes in the United States.e
  4. According to the book The Millionaire Next Door, only 20% of millionaires inherited their wealth. The other 80% earned their cash on their own.h
  5. female millionaire Half of all millionaires are self employed or own their own business
  6. Half of all millionaires are self-employed or own a business. Around 80% of millionaires are college graduates. Only 18% of millionaires have Master’s degrees. Eight percent have law degrees, 6% have medical degrees, and 6% have PhDs.b
  7. The preferred car of millionaires is a Ford. Cadillacs are second and Lincolns are third. Many millionaires avoid high-priced cars in favor of a more economical set of wheels because cars are investments with little return.j
  8. Only 20% of millionaires are retirees. Around 80% still go to work.h
  9. Just 17% of millionaires or their spouses attended a private elementary or high school. However, 55% of millionaires’ children have attended/are attending private schools.h
  10. Many millionaires think that the ideal occupations for their kids are accountants or attorneys. Tax advisors and estate planning experts are also in the top of the list.h
  11. Most modern American millionaires today (about 80%) are first-generation millionaires. Usually the fortune they build will dissipate by the second or third generation.h
  12. Those with Russian ancestry have the highest concentration of millionaire households in America. The Scottish rank second and Hungarians rank third. English ancestry groups rank fourth. The Russian American millionaire group has approximately $1.1 trillion, or nearly 5% of all the personal wealth in America.h
  13. Most American millionaires are manager-owners of businesses.j
  14. Research indicates that the longer the average members of an ancestry group have been in the America, the less likely they are to become millionaires because they acclimate to a high-consumption lifestyle. On the other hand, first-generation Americans tend to be self-employed, which is a significant positive correlate of wealth.h
  15. coin smoking Spending money on cigarettes has a significant opportunity cost
  16. Smoking three packs of cigarettes over 46 years has a significant opportunity cost. If a person invested and reinvested just that cigarette money over those 46 years, he or she could create a portfolio worth over $2 million. Researchers note that the value of a small amount of money over time can be significant.j
  17. Contrary to common belief, many millionaires do not live in mansions or in highly prestigious neighborhoods.j
  18. A pentamillionaire is someone with the net worth of $5 million. A decamillionare has a net worth of $10 million. A hectamillionaire (a.k.a. Ultra-High-Net Worth) has a net worth of $100 million.b
  19. Carlo Slim Helu, a Mexican billionaire worth $69 billion, is considered to be the first “world’s richest man from a developing nation.” He has lived in the same modest home for the past 30 years. His wealth is equal to 5% of Mexico’s economic output. He earns almost $30 million a day.f
  20. Billionaire Bill Gates announced that he would donate his wealth (estimated to be $61 billion) to charity and that he would leave a maximum of $10 million to each of his three children.f
  21. The largest increase in the number of millionaires in the past year were in India (21%), China (16%), and Singapore (14%).d
  22. There were 185,000 millionaires in Canada in 2011, up 14% from 162,000 two years previously.i
  23. Four of the youngest billionaires in the world are connected to Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg, Sean Parker, Eduardo Severin, and Dustin Moskovitz).g
  24. There are approximately 1,226 billionaires in the world. Women make up 8.5% of those.a
  25. In the year 1900, there were only 5,000 millionaires in the United States. In 2000, there were more than five million. Before the Great Recession, there were 9.2 million households worth $1 million or more.c,d
  26. In 2008, there were 10 million people around the world who were classified as millionaires in U.S. dollars.d
  27. millionaires Singapore has the most millionaires per capita
  28. One in five people in Singapore is a millionaire, making it the city/state with the most millionaires per capita. It has 188,000 millionaires. The number of U.S. millionaires dropped by 129,000, to slightly more than 5 million in 2011.d,i
  29. The first African American woman to make it onto billionaire lists is Oprah Winfrey, who is worth approximately $2.7 billion.a
  30. The term “millionaire” was first used in French in 1719 by Steven Fentimen. The first time the term was printed in America is believed to be in the obituary of Pierre Lorillard II, a tobacco manufacturer, in 1843.b
  31. On average, millionaires are 61 years old with $3.05 million in assets.g
  32. Today’s millionaires in the U.S. are made up of managers (17%), educators (12%), corporate executives (7%), entrepreneur/business owners (6%), and attorneys and accountants. The $5 million+ group is made up of corporate executives (17%) and entrepreneurs/owners (12%).c
    Common Characteristics of Millionaires h
    Live below their means
    Lead frugal lifestyles
    Are self-employed or own their own business
    Plan and study investments
    Are not always at the top of their class (some didn’t even go to college)
    Are self-made

    List of the Richest Billionaires (2012) i
    Rank Name Net Worth in Billions Date of Birth Country of Citizenship Business
    #1 Carlo Slim Helu $69 January 28, 1940 Mexico Business Magnate
    #2 Bill Gates $61 October 28, 1955 USA Co-founder and Chairman of Microsoft
    #3 Warren Buffett $44 August 30, 1930 USA Business Magnate
    #4 Bernard Arnault $41 March 5, 1949 France Construction and Real Estate
    #5 Amancio Ortega $37.5 March 28, 1936 Spain Fashion Executive
    #6 Larry Ellison $36 August 17, 1944 USA Founder of Oracle
    #7 Eike Batista $30 November 3, 1956 Brazil Mining and Exploration Magnate
    #8 Stefan Persson $26 October 4, 1947 Sweden Chairman of H&M
    #9 Li Ka-shing $25.5 June 13, 1928 Hong Kong Business Magnate
    #10 Karl Albrecht $25.4 Feb 20, 1920 Germany Founder of ALDI discount stores

    Top 20 Countries with the Highest Millionaire Density i
    Rank Country Percentage of Population with Millionaire Status Total Number of Millionaires
    #1 Singapore 17.1% 188,000
    #2 Qatar 14.3% 47,000
    #3 Kuwait 11.8% 63,000
    #4 Switzerland 9.5% 322,000
    #5 Hong Kong 8.8% 212,000
    #6 United Arab Emirates 5.0% 57,000
    #7 United States 4.3% 5.1 million
    #8 Israel 3.6% 83,000
    #9 Taiwan 3.2% 246,000
    #10 Bahrain 3.2% 8,000
    #11 Japan 2.9% 1.6 million
    #12 Belgium 2.9% 134,000
    #13 Oman 2.5% 12,000
    #14 Ireland 2.2% 33,000
    #15 Netherlands 2.1% 152,000
    #16 Saudi Arabia 1.9% 92,000
    #17 Australia 1.6% 132,000
    #18 Denmark 1.6% 41,000
    #19 United Kingdom 1.5% 411,000
    #20 Canada 1.4% 185,000

-- Posted February 7, 2013


a “Billionaires: The Richest Women in the World.” Yahoo News. 2012. Accessed: December 26, 2012.

b Ellsberg, Michael. 2011. The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won’t Learn in College about How to Be Successful. New York, NY: Penguin.

c Frank, Robert. “Millionaire Population Grows by 200,000.” The Wall Street Journal. March 21, 2012. Accessed: December 31, 2012.

d ---. “The Wealth Report.” The Wall Street Journal. April 11, 2012. Accessed: December 31, 2012.

e “Imposing Higher Tax Rates on the Wealthy Can Have Unintended Consequences.” The Economist. September 24, 2011. Accessed: December 31, 2012.

f “Mesmerizing Facts about 10 Billionaires.” Silicon India. October 12, 2012. Accessed: December 26, 2012.

g Palmer, Kimberly. “The 10 Youngest Billionaires in the World.” U.S. News. June 4, 2012. Accessed: December 26, 2012.

h Stanley, Thomas J. and William D. Danko. 1996. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of American’s Wealthy. Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Publishing.

i Tencer, Daniel. “Countries with the Most Millionaires.” Huffington Post Canada. June 12, 2012. Accessed: December 26, 2012.

j Tracy, Brian. 2006. Million Dollar Habits: Proven Power Practices to Double and Triple Your Income. Irvine, CA: Entrepreneur Press.