India sees 20% rise in dollar millionaires in 2017, despite GST impact: Capgemini report

Mumbai: Despite adverse impact on GST implementation, India saw a 20 percent increase in both the number of dollar millionaires and their wealth in 2017 to emerge as the fastest growing market for high net population, a report said on Tuesday.

The report, which comes amid growing concerns over social ramifications of asymmetry in wealth distribution, said the number of high net worth individuals grew 20.4 percent to 2.63 lakh people, while their collective wealth grew 21 percent to over $1 trillion.

"India was the fastest-growing market globally," the report by French tech firm Capgemini said.

Representational images. Reuters.

Representational images. Reuters.

The country's growth on both the number of HNIs and wealth is faster than the global average of 11.2 percent and 12 percent, respectively, the report by French tech firm Capgemini said.

The US, Japan, Germany and China are the biggest HNI markets in the world, it said, adding that the show in 2017 has increased India's ranking to 11th.

An HNI is defined as one who has investable assets of over $1 million, it said.

One of the major reasons for the growth was an over 50 percent surge in market capitalisation during the year, along with an average 4.8 percent increase in realty prices and the 6.7 percent GDP expansion, which is faster than the world.

There was an adverse effect on wealth due to the implementation of Goods and Services Tax in July, but the report called it "transitory".

Other factors, like the monetary policy being steady, impact of demonetisation wearing off and higher savings rate helped in wealth creation, it said.

It can be noted that in January, a study had stated that the top 1 percent of the over 1.2 billion population had cornered 73 percent of the overall wealth generated during the year.

Besides, 67 crore Indians comprising the population's poorest half saw their wealth rise by just 1 percent, as per the survey released by the international rights group Oxfam ahead of the annual World Economic Forum had said.

Updated Date: Jun 19, 2018 17:27 PM

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