How the richest Americans source their wealth

GlobalData’s HNW Customer Demographic Analytics reveal that millionaires source their wealth from an array of industries. This is unsurprising given the breadth of natural resources and hubs that have grown dramatically over the course of the country’s recent history. While the performance of Amazon’s shares allowed Jeff Bezos to sit on top of the wealthiest list for just a few hours, his business ventures operate in industries that underline notable sources of wealth in the US.

Technology & telecommunications is the most common industry from which US millionaires source their wealth (15.9%). Along with financial services & investments, and media, 39.7% of the country’s total HNW population have made their fortunes through one of these three industries.

This is also reflected in ‘The World’s Billionaires List‘ by Forbes. The richest US individuals (as of 1 August 2017) indeed source their wealth from these industries: Bill Gates (Microsoft), Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway), Jeff Bezos (Amazon and Washington Post), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Larry Ellison (Oracle) and Michael Bloomberg (finance and news).

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