The Boston Consulting Group's 14th annual report on the global wealth-management industry 'Riding a Wave of Growth: Global Wealth 2014' said global privatefinancial wealth grew by 14.6 per cent in 2013 to reach a total of USD 152 trillion.
The rise was stronger than in 2012, when global wealth grew by 8.7 per cent. The key drivers, for the second consecutive year, were the performance of equitymarkets.
India ranked 15th last year and had 175,000 millionaire households. Its position improved slightly from 2012 when it had ranked 16 in the world for its number ofmillionaire households.
India is projected to become the seventh wealthiest nationby 2018. The number of ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) households in India, those with USD 100 million or more, stood at 284 last year.
The total number of millionaire households reached 16.3 million in 2013, up strongly from 13.7 million in 2012 and representing 1.1 per cent of all householdsglobally.
The US had the highest number of millionaire households at 7.1 million, as well as the highest number of new millionaires at 1.1 million.
Robust wealth creation in China was reflected by its rise in millionaire households from 1.5 million in 2012 to 2.4 million in 2013, surpassing Japan.
Thenumber of millionaire households in Japan fell from 1.5 million to 1.2 million, driven by the 15 per cent fall in the yen against the dollar.
"As the debate over the global polarization of wealth rages on, one thing is certain: more people are becoming wealthy," the report said.
As in previous years, North America at USD 50.3 trillion and Western Europe at USD 37.9 trillion remained the wealthiest regions in the world, followedclosely by Asia-Pacific at USD 37 trillion.
A key driver in the rise of private wealth in the Asia- Pacific region has been strong GDP growth over the past five years, especially in China, India, andIndonesia, the report said.
Globally, the amount of wealth held privately rose by USD 19.3 trillion in 2013, nearly twice the increase of USD 10.7 trillion seen in 2012.
The growth of private wealth was driven primarily by returns on existing assets.
The highest density of millionaire households was in Qatar (175 out of every 1,000 households), followed by Switzerland (127) and Singapore (100).
The US hadthe largest number of billionaires, but the highest density of billionaire households was in Hong Kong (15.3 per million), followed by Switzerland (8.5 per million).
At an expected growth of 9.1 percent over the next five years, UHNW households are projected to hold 13 trillion dollars in wealth by the end of 2018.