India’s Millionaire Tribe Set to Soar

May 29, 2014

India’s Millionaire Tribe Set to Soar


While India is home to some of the poorest communities in the world it is also home to thousands of new dollar millionaires.

The number of people in the south Asian nation worth at least seven figures grew to 248,000 last year, according to a report this week by WealthInsight, a company which tracks the world’s rich. That is up from 193,000 millionaires in 2009, the report said.

India’s super-rich clan is expected to balloon further, growing by more than 100,000 to 358,000 people in 2018, WealthInsight said. Of those around 80 will be dollar billionaires, up from around 60 billionaires today.

India’s high net worth individuals control close to 65% of India’s $1.3 trillion in individual wealth. That is much higher the rest of the world where the richest control only around 30% of total individual wealth.

India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi could help the country create even more millionaires and billionaires, the WealthInsight report said.

“Modi is expected to revolutionize India by providing greater job prospects, opportunities for economic growth and better infrastructure,” Tom Carlisle, analyst at WealthInsight said in the report.


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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (, the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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