New World Wealth has published its South African wealth report for 2019, showing the patterns of the country’s wealthiest people.
The report found that the country is currently home to 39,200 High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) – defined as individuals who have net assets of $1 million or more.
This is a drop of more than 3,000 compared to last year (43,600), as total wealth declined across the country.
“2018 was a poor year for South Africa – total private wealth held by people living in the country declined by 10% from US$722 billion in 2017 to US$649 billion in 2018.,” New World Wealth said.
“This drop was facilitated by a weakening local currency – the US$ exchange rate went to R12.30/US$ at the end of 2017 to R14.40/US$ at the end of 2018.
“The JSE all share index was also down significantly during the year (by 29% in US$ terms).”
The report also shows that a large number of wealthy Sou