India is the leading investment destination worldwide

India is the leading investment destination worldwide


India is the leading investment destination worldwide

The Swiss bank has released its eighth report covering billionaires, focusing on their wealth and ambitions during an era of historic wealth generation and business innovation. According to the report, billionaires are looking to put more of their money in India due to the strong growth of the region’s economy. The UBS report is based on surveys, questions and information from the UBS Evidence Lab on over 2,500 billionaires across 75 markets.

India has emerged as a leading investment destination for billionaires worldwide, according to “UBS Billionaire Ambitions Report 2022.”

Among the sectors, the billionaires favour energy, possibly due to today’s supply constraints and the accelerating secular transition to renewables. In the report, 58 per cent of the billionaire respondents chose India and Southeast Asia as their chosen markets for investment. Only 42 per cent of respondents picked China.

In contrast to the rest of the world, India’s billionaire population flourished, as it surpassed the United Kingdom to become the fifth-largest economy in 2022. India with a more youthful labour force also overtook China as the fastest-growing of the world’s major economies. At the same time, the number of Indian billionaires grew from 140 last year to 166 with their aggregated wealth expanding by 25.7 per cent to USD 749.8 billion.

The “UBS Billionaire Ambitions Report 2022” published earlier this month said that “North America, with its huge domestic market and vibrant entrepreneurial culture, also remains a popular region. While still ahead of the rest of the world, mainland China lags these regions somewhat.” Few seem to be interested in investing in Western Europe despite it being a major economic bloc.

It is not only in investments that China has seen a fall from a year ago. The ranks of billionaires have also fallen. Mainland China’s zero-COVID policy slowed the growth after many years as the world’s fastest-growing large economy. There were 540 billionaires, down from 626 a year before. After a decade of significantly increasing, total wealth reduced by a fifth (19.9 per cent) to USD 2.0 trillion. However, China is not alone. With the falling markets, the billionaire population around the world has declined.

In March 2022, there were 2,688 billionaires worldwide worth USD 12.7 trillion, down from 2,755 individuals with USD 13.1 trillion in 2021. Asia-Pacific was the region with the largest billionaire population globally at 1,084 with a total wealth of USD 4.2 trillion, in comparison to 1,143 individuals and USD 4.7 trillion a year ago. UBS report noted that the total wealth and number of billionaires is likely to have reduced further since March due to declines in asset prices.

The number of billionaires in the United States, home to about a third of billionaires globally, was also steady witnessing a slight rise from 724 in 2021 to 735. Total wealth increased by 6.9 per cent to USD 4.7 trillion.

Notably, finance and investments had the highest number of billionaires (392 in total) and one of the greatest turnovers. Taken together, their total wealth totalled USD 1.7 trillion. 50 new billionaires were created during the year, while 30 dropped from the list.

The new billionaires included fintech disruptors, private equity and hedge fund partners. The second most populous sector, technology, witnessed a considerable flux. There were 41 new tech billionaires while 57 disappeared, leaving a total of 348 worth USD 2.2 trillion. This instability demonstrates the dynamism of a sector where barriers to entry are low, and innovation is perpetual.

Manufacturers blossomed amid extraordinary demand for durable goods, as well as the emergence of new electric vehicle and battery entrepreneurs. There were 338 manufacturing billionaires in 2022 worth a total of USD 1.1 trillion, with 44 new billionaires joining the list while 37 dropped from the list. This year’s UBS billionaire report revealed that 95 per cent of surveyed billionaires believe that they should use their wealth or resources to help tackle global challenges.

Two-thirds said that it is their responsivity to “lead the way” while almost a third believe that they should use their wealth or resources to help tackle these challenges. More than 40 per cent of the billionaires surveyed see smart agriculture as one of the sectors where they can make the greatest impact, along with clean water and poverty alleviation.

The surveyed billionaires also see opportunities in green energy as well as waste management and recycling, they believe the government has a greater potential role in these areas. “This year’s report highlights how many of the wealthiest in society see it as their responsibility to lead the way, using their wealth or resources to help tackle unprecedented environmental and societal challenges,” said UBS’s George Athanasopoulos, Head of Global Family and Institutional Wealth, and Alice Page, Head of Ultra High Net Worth Solutions Group, in a joint statement.

“The combination of plentiful long-term capital and innovation has the potential to create huge change and opens up new opportunities for a different approach to investing.” “We remain realistic about the ability of private capital on its own to solve the world’s problems.

While we see this convergence as a clear trend, will it be done on a sufficient scale to help meet the UN’s sustainability goals (SDGs) and the race to zero carbon? There are reasons for optimism and those who can connect billionaires to opportunities globally, such as UBS, play an important role in this trend.”