This is now the fourth edition of the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook – an in-depth project that offers investors the most comprehensive study of world wealth, and which remains the only study that analyzes the wealth of all the world’s 4.7 billion adults.
Research for the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook has been undertaken on behalf of the Credit Suisse Research Institute by Professors Anthony Shorrocks and Jim Davies, recognized authorities on this topic, and the architects and principal authors of “Personal Wealth from a Global Perspective,” Oxford University Press, 2008. Rodrigo Lluberas has also been a very significant contributor to the project.
The aim of the Credit Suisse Global Wealth project is to provide the best available estimates of the wealth holdings of households around the world for the period since the year 2000. While the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report highlights the main findings of our study, this 155-page Databook underlines the extent of our analysis. More importantly, it sets out in detail the data employed in our Global Wealth project, the methodology used to calculate estimates of wealth and how this may differ from other reports in this field.
The Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook also details the evolution of household wealth levels through the period 2000 to mid- 2013, providing data at both regional and country level on high net worth individuals, and highlighting the wealth pyramid in addition to wealth analysis for 216 countries. This rich data set has enabled our investigation of wealth holdings in the Eurozone area in Chapter 2 of the Wealth Report and provides background for the study of wealth mobility in Chapter 4 of the Wealth Report. Finally, the Databook presents detailed data on relatively under-researched areas, such as the historical wealth series and the composition of household portfolios (assets and debts).