The U.S. and China Account for Half the World’s Household Wealth


Chart showing world household wealth by country 2022

The U.S. and China Account for Half the World’s Household Wealth

Measures like GDP are commonly used to understand the overall wealth and size of the economy. While looking at economic output on an annual basis is useful, there are other metrics to consider when evaluating the wealth of a nation.

Household wealth statistics reveal which country’s citizens are accruing the highest level of money and assets worldwide.

This visual utilizes data from Credit Suisse’s annual Global Wealth Report to break down the latest estimates for household wealth by country.

Household Wealth, by Country

Here’s how the world’s $463 trillion in household wealth is distributed:

Rank Country Household Wealth (2022) % of World Total
#1 🇺🇸 United States $145.8T 31.5%
#2 🇨🇳 China $85.1T 18.4%
#3 🇯🇵 Japan $25.7T 5.5%
#4 🇩🇪 Germany $17.5T 3.8%
#5 🇬🇧 United Kingdom $16.3T 3.5%
#6 🇫🇷 France $16.2T 3.5%
#7 🇮🇳 India $14.2T 3.1%
#8 🇨🇦 Canada $12.4T 2.7%
#9 🇮🇹 Italy $11.5T 2.5%
#10 🇦🇺 Australia $10.6T 2.3%
#11 🇰🇷 South Korea $10.1T 2.2%
#12 🇪🇸 Spain $8.4T 1.8%
#13 🇹🇼 Taiwan $5.9T 1.3%
#14 🇳🇱 Netherlands $5.4T 1.2%
#15 🇨🇭 Switzerland $4.9T 1.1%
Rest of World $73.6T 15.6%
Total: $463.6T 100.0%

As the table above demonstrates, global household wealth is far from being distributed equally.

Country-Level Wealth Concentration

Much of global wealth is concentrated in the biggest economies, with households in China and the U.S. combining to make up half of all personal wealth in the world. This differs slightly from using GDP as a measure, where the U.S. and China make up 24% and 19% of the world economy in nominal terms, respectively.

Today, just 10 countries account for 75% of total household wealth.

One of the biggest changes in recent years is the rise of wealth in China. A decade ago, China’s citizens were estimated to hold just 9% of the world’s wealth. That figure has now more than doubled, while median wealth in the country has skyrocketed from $3,111 to $26,752 between 2000 and 2021.

A Regional Look at Household Wealth

From a regional standpoint, wealth is equally split three ways, between North America, Asia, and everywhere else.

Chart showing global household wealth by region

In just one decade, Europe’s share of household wealth dropped by eight percentage points, which is due, in part, to the economic momentum of China.

Surprisingly, the regions of Africa, South America, Oceania, and the Middle East combine only for about 11% of the world’s total household wealth.

Where does this data come from?

Source: Global Wealth Report by Credit Suisse

Data note: There is no straightforward way of estimating household wealth in various countries, so the report utilizes three main measures including: a country’s average level of wealth, the patterns of a country’s wealth holdings, and Forbes list of billionaires.

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