World Wealth Report 2018

The World Wealth Report from Capgemini is the industry recognized benchmark for Wealth Management Trends. This year’s 22nd edition highlights the need for wealth management firms to accelerate hybrid transformation and transform budget approaches to deal with potential BigTech entry.

Key Findings

Capgemini’s World Wealth Report 2018 explores trends that affect high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in 71 countries, accounting for more than 98% of global gross national income and 99% of world stock market capitalization. Download a copy from our interactive website at

Our 2018 findings reveal:

  • Growth Continues as Global HNWI Wealth Breaks the US$70 Trillion Mark. Registering its sixth consecutive year of gains, HNWI wealth grew 10.6 percent, making 2017 the second-fastest year of HNWI growth since 2011.
  • Wealth managers delivered another year of strong returns. According to the report, global HNWI investment returns (on the assets managed by wealth managers) were up 27.4 percent in 2017, with equities remaining the largest asset class in the first quarter of 2018 at 30.9 percent of HNWI financial wealth, cash and cash equivalents at 27.2 percent, and real estate at 16.8 percent (increase of 2.8 percentage points.)
  • Robust investment returns are not increasing HNWI satisfaction. Global HNWI satisfaction did not meet 70% satisfaction levels, despite significant returns. In 2018, only 55.5 percent of HNWIs said they connected very well at a personal level with their wealth managers. Better personal connections between wealth managers and their HNW clients may lead to better HNWI satisfaction scores.
  • Cryptocurrencies gained global attention in 2017. Cryptocurrency investments reached an all-time high, with total market capitalization peaking in January 2018. HNWIs are cautiously interested in holding cryptocurrencies, with 29.0% globally having a high degree of interest, and 26.9% saying they were somewhat interested.
  • Wealth management firms must accelerate hybrid transformation and transform budget approaches to tackle significant hybrid demand from HNWIs and potential BigTech entry. Report reveals that 68.7% of HNWIs globally said hybrid advice is a significant factor regarding decisions related to asset consolidation with their primary wealth management firm. Additionnally, more than 50% of HNWIs expressed an interest in wealth management services offered by BigTech firms. To transform and drive hybrid innovation, leading firms are heavily investing in technologies such as intelligent automation and artificial intelligence.

The World Wealth Report 2018 is available for download at

The World Wealth Report Website

 For the complete story on global wealth trends, visit  You will find dynamic graphs to explore HNWI data and trends across: market sizing of the HNWI population and wealth; HNWI asset and geographic allocations; and HNWI behavior across six regions.


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