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Jun 11, 2010

More S'pore millionaires

Bryan Lim (left), the man behind the club, with Peter Tan one of the first Singaporean members. The exclusive club grew by 35 per cent here, putting Singapore just ahead of second-placed Malaysia. -- ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN

SINGAPORE added millionaires at a faster rate than anywhere in the world last year despite a recession that decimated wealth in many nations.

The exclusive club grew by 35 per cent here, putting Singapore just ahead of second-placed Malaysia, with a 33 per cent gain, and Slovakia on 32 per cent and China on 31.

The study by consultancy firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) also showed that Singapore had the highest concentration of millionaires.

There are 11.4 per cent of households here owning more than US$1 million - defined as those with investable assets of more than US$1 million, exclusive of property and items like art.

Hong Kong was next followed by Switzerland, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Singaporean TJ Thang, who belongs to the elite group, did not fare too badly during the downturn. 'Some of my stocks fell in value during the recession, but I was still getting attractive property rental yields, and hence my cash grew,' said the 49-year old businessman.

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