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Ultra wealthy to transfer USD16trn over next 30 years


At least USD16 trillion of global ultra high net worth (UHNW) wealth will be transferred to the next generation over the next 30 years, according to the Wealth-X and NFP Family Wealth Transfers Report. 

This will be the largest wealth transfer in history, creating a new crop of ultra wealthy individuals.
The findings in the Wealth-X and NFP report released today underscore the importance of early planning to ensure the successful transmission of assets and values from the benefactor to its beneficiaries.

Below are other key highlights from the report:                                                              
• The majority of those passing on their wealth are self-made individuals.
• The United States will see the greatest amount of wealth transfers, with USD6 trillion set to change hands in the next 30 years — amounting to nearly 40 percent of the global total.
• Forty-three percent of Asia's UHNW wealth (USD3 trillion) will be transferred.
• Nearly USD5 trillion in liquid assets will change hands.
• Philanthropic bequests will also form part of this upcoming wealth transfer, with USD300 billion in charitable donations expected.
• Private holdings form the largest component of the net worth of UHNW individuals set to transfer their wealth, with USD6 trillion of UHNW wealth currently held in private companies.
• Wealth rises with age, and UHNW individuals who are 80 years old or above are on average five times wealthier than those under 40.

Wealth-X Presiden,t David Friedman, says: "The Wealth-X and NFP Family Wealth Transfers Report highlights what will be the largest wealth transfer in history from one generation to the next. Expert commentary from NFP on how to leverage structures like life insurance to optimise such transfers complements Wealth-X's global intelligence on the world's UHNW population, most of which is privately held, producing a study that is unique, valuable and essential to those who would like to understand and engage this momentous transfer of ultra affluent wealth."

Bryan Schick, President of NFP International, adds: "With USD16 trillion passing to the next generation over the next 30 years, the enduring legacies of many families will soon be defined. Expert guidance from qualified global advisors will be paramount in assisting the ultra high net worth in navigating complex planning challenges and executing an efficient transfer of wealth and values."

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