Top countries for billionaires

Where are the wealthiest people on the planet? These 15 economies boast the highest number of people whose net worth exceeds $1 billion, according to Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2013.

China

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  • No. of billionaires: 157
  • Total net worth (2013): $384 billion

China's growth has slowed recently, but it remains a hotspot for billionaires. The country added 10 new billionaires over the last year.

That number might have been even higher, but some wealthy residents decided to take their money beyond the mainland recently -- giving Hong Kong and other Asian cities a boost. The moves were apparently sparked by concerns about China's ongoing credit crunch and a recent anti-corruption campaign that targeted luxury spending, according to Wealth-X.

To be ultra rich in China, think manufacturing. A full 17% of the country's wealthiest, those with $30 million or more in assets, derived their wealth from that sector.

Source: Data provided by Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2013
- Last updated June 06 2014 06:04 PM ET
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