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1. New York City
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The city that never sleeps also happens to have deep pockets. Although down from 2017, the latest HNW count shows 978,810 of the world’s wealthiest are living in the Big Apple. That's 65 percent larger than No. 2 Tokyo.
2017 HNW Population: 984,545
2018 HNW Population: 978,810
Percent Change: -0.6%
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The capital of Japan also saw a drop in the number of HNW individuals in 2018 compared with the year prior. The city went from 613,435 to 593,025 HNW individuals, but it's still the largest financial hub in Asia and will be hosting the Olympic Games in 2020.
2017 HNW Population: 613,435
2018 HNW Population: 593,025
Percent Change: -3.3%
3. Los Angeles
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The City of Angels counted over half a million HNW individuals in 2018, slightly down from 2017. There were 576,255 of the wealthiest people in the world living in the city.
2017 HNW Population: 580,470
2018 HNW Population: 576,255
Percent Change: -0.7%
4. Hong Kong
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This semiautonomous region of China saw the biggest decline in HNW individuals compared with the year prior. There were 391,595 HNW individuals living in the city in 2018, an 11 percent drop from the year prior. In 2017, the city overtook New York as the metropolitan area with the largest UHNW population, individuals with over $30 million in net worth.
2017 HNW Population: 440,360
2018 HNW Population: 391,595
Percent Change: -11.1%
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Brexit concerns didn’t stop London from adding HNW individuals to its metro area. The city saw an increase of 2.7 percent more HNW individuals in 2018, with 372,270 of the wealthiest people in the world, helped by a relatively stable pound and the country's GDP growth.
2017 HNW Population: 362,485
2018 HNW Population: 372,270
Percent Change: 2.7%
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The Windy City saw a drop in its HNW population in 2018, down to 353,775 individuals in 2018.
2017 HNW Population: 356,805
2018 HNW Population: 353,775
Percent Change: -0.8%
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One of the few cities in the global-top-10 list to see growth in HNW individuals from 2017, the City of Love saw a 4.5 percent increase in the number of wealthy citizens. There were 345,175 HNW individuals living in Paris last year, boosted by France's GDP growth.
2017 HNW Population: 330,365
2018 HNW Population: 345,175
Percent Change: 4.5%
8. San Francisco
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The West Coast tech scene produced 314,055 HNW individuals last year, down slightly from the year prior.
2017 HNW Population: 315,375
2018 HNW Population: 314,055
Percent Change: -0.4%
9. Washington, D.C.
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The U.S. capital and its metropolitan area saw a decline in HNW individuals from the year before, with 301,495 individuals in 2018.
2017 HNW Population: 305,330
2018 HNW Population: 301,495
Percent Change: -1.3%
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With the addition of Fort Worth, there were 298,220 HNW individuals in the Dallas metropolitan area last year, up slightly from the year before.
2017 HNW Population: 297,935
2018 HNW Population: 298,220
Percent Change: 0.1%