The world’s super-rich spend $US22 billion on yachts every year, according to UBS and Wealth-X’s annual World Ultra Wealth Report for 2014.
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Here’s more from the report: “For ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals, many luxury items and experiences are part and parcel of their lifestyle and are not necessarily considered a “luxury”. For example, UHNW individuals with private jets use their aircraft not only for leisure, but also for business purposes. On the other hand, while yachts, and particularly superyachts, are usually a non-necessity, many UHNW individuals lead very public lives, and the privacy of a family holiday on a yacht is a very special treat.“
On average, each of these UHNW individuals, or people with net assets worth $US30 million and above, spends about $US1.1 million on luxury items every year. Combined, they make up about 19% of the global luxury market.
But their spending on yachts takes a whopping 88% of the luxury market.
The report says that luxury spending is increasingly experiential, meaning that the super rich are spending more money on intangible things like privacy. Private jets also take a chunk of the share of the luxury market for UHNW individuals, at 82.1%.
In September, a Wealth-X report showed that Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich owns the world’s most expensive yacht called Eclipse. It’s a 536-foot long boat with two helipads, a cinema and a restaurant. It is worth $US1 billion.
The global population of UHNW individuals is a record 211,275 people. Here’s the breakdown of everything else they spend their money on.