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October 12, 2016

Study Reveals Cities Where Most Billionaires Live

By Zahra Al-Kateb

TNew York Times Squarehe Big Apple is home to more billionaires than any other city, new research has revealed.

A recent survey undertaken by Spear’s and WealthInsight shows that New York City boasts 113 billionaires, closely followed by European cities London and Moscow, with 82 and 70 billionaires respectively.

The new findings also reveal other US cities to have made the list, including Los Angeles with 35 billionaires and Chicago with 18.

Asia dominates the list, with ten cities in total featured. Hong Kong comes in fourth place with 55 billionaires, while Beijing maintains fifth spot with 40 billionaires.

Commenting on the findings, Oliver Williams, Head of WealthInsight said: ‘Most billionaires live very transient lives, often darting between homes in several cities with a handful of passports. Such moves are prompted by profitable opportunities, both economic and social: Many relocate purely for the benefit of their children’s upbringing and education.

‘Some billionaires move for reasons against their choosing. Political uncertainty, arbitrary laws and poor business climates often force billionaires from one town to another. For these reasons, we have seen London overtake Moscow into second place for the first time since we started this ranking. Many oligarchs have swapped Moscow for London in recent years as sanctions have a deepening effect.’

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