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” 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.
Source: South African Chamber of Commerce in Mauritius
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