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Swiss maintain title of world's richest

dpadpa 22/11/2016

Switzerland continues to boast the highest average wealth per adult in the world, according to an annual wealth report.

The Swiss are the richest people in the world, with an average wealth of $US561,900 ($A759,015) per adult, Credit Suisse says in its annual global wealth report, confirming Switzerland's top ranking for the 16th year in a row.

People in the United States trailed with assets worth $US344,700, followed by the British average net worth of $US288,800, the major Swiss bank said in Zurich.

The depreciation of the pound that followed Britain's vote to leave the European Union has wiped out a total $US1.5 trillion of the country's total privately held assets, Credit Suisse noted.

For the first time since the global financial crisis of 2008, the global average wealth per adult stagnated in 2016, at $US52,800.

The report also showed the share of people's non-financial assets as part of their household wealth has increased for the first time this year since 2008.

Rising real estate prices have added to private wealth in several countries including Germany, according to the report.

The group of super-rich people, who own at least $US50 million, rose three per cent to 4,100 individuals over the past year, driven by increases in Asian countries.

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