Mauritius population is the richest in Africa, Zimbabweans poorest, says new wealth report

Africa has about 165,000 High Net Worth Individuals, with combined wealth holdings of $860 billion

MAURITIUS’ population is the richest in Africa with an average wealth of US$21,700 per person, while Zimbabwe’s is the poorest with a per capita wealth of just 200 dollars, a new Research and Markets report titled “The Africa 2016 Wealth Report” says showed.

Mauritius was ranked ahead of South Africa with a per capita wealth of $10,300, then Namibia ($10,200), Botswana ($8,400) and Algeria (6,200 dollars).

According to the report, the high wealth per capita in Mauritius could be explained by factors such as secure property rights, a thriving financial sector, low crime rates, migration of a large number of wealthy individuals, low taxes and low level of government regulation in the business sector.

The report which was in its third edition, examined various factors related to wealth in Africa, including the trends of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI), the luxury trends and wealth management trends in each country.

It concluded that Africa has about 165,000 High Net Worth Individuals, with combined wealth holdings of $860 billion. HNWIs are the wealthiest people on the continent with at least one million U.S. dollars, without considering their living expenses.

About $125 billion of the wealth of Africa’s HNWIs is tied up with wealth management companies.

The report further showed that South Africa, especially Johannesburg, is the hub for Africa’s private banking, with at least $72 billion dollars.

It estimates that the African market of private banks will record a 7% annual increase for the next ten years, and that the most promising African emerging markets for private banks are Ghana and Kenya.

In Africa, around $28 billion is tied up in venture capital companies and foundations that are linked to the wealthy. Many HNWIs use these vehicles as a way to transfer money to the next generation.

According to the 2016 ranking by Forbes, Nigerian Aliko Dangote is the richest man in Africa with a net worth of $14.4 billion. His wealth was mostly made in manufacturing sector.


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