Billionaire Population Soars in the U.S. – Wealth Gap Widens

New research conducted by has shown that billionaire’s wealth in the U.S. has increased by nearly 90% over the course of the last four years. Let’s take a look at what’s caused this noteworthy jump in wealth.

Billionaires’ Boom

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The last four years have been amazing for billionaires. With their personal fortunes doubling – or in some cases increasing sevenfold – it’s never been a better time to be a billionaire.

A Phenomenal Four-Year Surge

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The good news is that what was once thought to be an unrealistic career expectation is becoming more accessible for hundreds of Americans across the country, as the amount of billionaires in the U.S. has actually increased from 614 in 2020 to 737 in 2024!

America’s Wealthy Elite on the Rise

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Luckily, the U.S. offers equal opportunities to everyone, so even those less fortunate – the millionaires of society – have seen a decent growth in numbers, according to a 2024 wealth report by Henley & Partners.

Millionaires Multiply

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In the last ten years their population has increased by over 60%; nowadays there are over 5.5 million Americans with over $1 million in liquid assets.

America’s Wealth Surge

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This figure is well above the global wealth growth rate of 38% and is far outpacing that of China.

A Growth Rate Showdown

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In the last five years alone, our stock of millionaires has grown 35%, almost double that of China, and the U.S. now has the proud distinction of hosting 37% of the world’s millionaires – up from 35% a few years ago.

America’s High-Flyers Take the Lead

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As wealth in America increases, the gap between the U.S. and similar levels of wealth in China widens.

Looking at our high-flyers worth $100 million or more – so-called “centi-millionaires” – we’ve eclipsed that of China.


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We have 9,850 centi-millionaires creating jobs and helping out society, whilst China has a measly 2,352 on hand.

Musk vs. Bezos

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When it comes to billionaires’ personal fortunes, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are at the top of the tables.

Elon Musk’s Meteoric Rise

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Musk, CEO of Tesla, had a net worth of around $25 million in 2020. With two years of hard work, he’d raised his personal fortune to $255 billion.

Nowadays, he’s sitting on a smaller yet still impressive fortune of $188.5 – just over seven times more than what he was valued in 2020.

Bezos’ Billion Dollar Journey

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Amazon CEO Bezos has seen a smaller increase than Musk, as his fortune has only risen by just under $80 billion over four years.

Nevertheless, $192.8 billion in the bank is nothing to sniff at (although the majority of Bezos’ wealth is held up in investments and real estate).

Profiting Big in the Retail Game

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The heirs to Walmart the Walton Family have also seen a pretty huge increase to their coffers since 2020, as their bank balance rose from $161.1 billion to $229.6 billion.

MacKenzie Scott

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Unfortunately, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for our nation’s wealth creators. MacKenzie Scott, the third wealthiest woman in the U.S., has seen her wealth decrease – the only billionaire on Forbes 2020 top 15 wealthiest Americans list to have that happen.

A Generous Billionaire Bucks the Trend

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She’s seen her funds go from $36 billion to $35.4 billion due to numerous donations to charities. Scott has given away over $16 billion of her fortune, in total, to hundreds of nonprofits.

The Evolution of Centi-Billionaires

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In 2020, the U.S. only had one “centi-billionaire” (a billionaire with $100 billion or more) – Jeff Bezos.

Today, though, the U.S. count stands at 10 centi-billionaires, with a total wealth of around $1.4 trillion.

The Trillionaire Race Heats Up

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The U.S. is sprinting ahead in the race to mint the world’s first trillionaire, with favorable odds on both Bezos and Musk.

The Unrivaled Champion of Private Wealth

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The Henley & Partners report proudly states, “The USA remains the world’s undisputed leader in private wealth creation and accumulation.” The data seems to agree.

China’s Wealth Woes

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China’s wealth growth has significantly slowed since the pandemic.

Pandemic Hits Hard

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Strict lockdowns and greater government intervention have caused them to lose their spot as the leader in wealth expansion.

Trillionaire Forecast

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Experts predict that we might not have to wait too long to see who wins the race to become a trillionaire.

Some are predicting that, if past figures are any indication, we might see the world’s first trillionaire as early as this year—2024! The race is on.

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